Dr Pau Farras

B.Sc., Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
E: PAU.FARRASCOSTA@nuigalway.ie
Principal Investigator
Chemistry
109
ChemLight group
Organic Chemistry Section
School of Chemistry

T: +35391492765
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W: http://www.nuigalway.ie/chemlight @Chem_Light ResearcherID: F-9712-2010 http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3859-2868
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Pau Farràs is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland - Galway (NUIG). He received his BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2003 and obtained the PhD in Chemistry from the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona in 2009, focusing on the preparation and application of metallacarborane derivatives to various fields such as radionuclide treatment, boron neutron capture therapy and in biomedicine. In 2009, he started a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain) where he worked in the preparation of photoelectrochemical devices for water splitting and the oxidation of organic substrates. In 2013, he received the prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowship and started his independent research at Newcastle University (UK) dealing with molecular photosensitisers for water oxidation.
Dr Farràs secured the lectureship in NUIG in 2015 and created the ChemLight group focusing on visible-light driven chemical reactions. The group will focus on the preparation and study of organometallic complexes, materials and hybrid systems and their application in three main areas: Energy, Health and Life.
In the Energy domain, the main subjects of research are the synthesis of organometallic complexes, molecular catalysts for water oxidation, preparation and characterisation of organic and organometallic light-harvesting molecules, and the development of photoanodes for water splitting by combining nanoparticles and molecular systems. We collaborate with several groups around Europe for the design of full devices capable of generating gaseous and/or liquid fuels from water and carbon dioxide.
In the Health domain, the research is focused on the use of boron clusters in anticancer treatment using the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) and as antibiotics to combat antimicrobial-resistant strains. Specific projects include the combination of metallacarboranes and specifically designed fluorophores as theranostic tools.
To date, he has authored 28 peer-reviewed publications with an h-index of 12 and supervised 6 undergraduate students.

Research Interests

The ChemLight group works on the use of visible-light to drive chemical reactions. The group will focus on the preparation and study of organometallic complexes, materials and hybrid systems and their application in three main areas: Energy, Health and Life. The research is a combination of synthesis (organic and inorganic), spectroscopy, electrochemistry and catalysis.
In the Energy domain, the main subjects of research are the synthesis of organometallic complexes, molecular catalysts for water oxidation, preparation and characterisation of organic and organometallic light-harvesting molecules, and the development of photoanodes for water splitting by combining nanoparticles and molecular systems. We collaborate with several groups around Europe for the design of full devices capable of generating gaseous and/or liquid fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Active projects in this area are:
Molecular dyads for oxidation photocatalysis: It consists on the preparation of novel ruthenium complexes that are capable of absorbing visible light and oxidise organic substrates.
Metallacarborane-based light-harvesters: Development of robust and novel sensitizers for photocatalytic reaction containing metal-carboranes.

In the Health domain, the research is focused on the use of boron clusters in anticancer treatment using the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT) and as antibiotics to combat antimicrobial-resistant strains. Specific projects include the combination of metallacarboranes and specifically designed fluorophores as theranostic tools.

The Life domain will be explored in the near future.


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Triazolylidene Metal Complexes Tagged with a Bodipy Chromophore: Synthesis and Monitoring of Ligand Exchange Reactions'
Navarro, M,Wang, SX,Muller-Bunz, H,Redmond, G,Farras, P,Albrecht, M (2017) 'Triazolylidene Metal Complexes Tagged with a Bodipy Chromophore: Synthesis and Monitoring of Ligand Exchange Reactions'. Organometallics, 36 :1469-1478 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Recent advances in artificial photosynthetic systems at Newcastle University'
Farras, P,Cucinotta, F (2017) 'Recent advances in artificial photosynthetic systems at Newcastle University'. Comptes Rendus Chimie, 20 :272-282 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Photochemical CO2 reduction in water using a co-immobilized nickel catalyst and a visible light sensitiser'
G. Neri, M. Forster, J. J. Walsh, C. M. Robertson, T. J. Whittles, P. Farràs, A. J. Cowan (2016) 'Photochemical CO2 reduction in water using a co-immobilized nickel catalyst and a visible light sensitiser'. Chem Comm, 52 :14200-14203 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Enhanced Photostability of a Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex under Highly Oxidizing Aqueous Conditions by its Partial Inclusion into a Cyclodextrin'
P. Farràs, H. Waller, A. C. Benniston (2016) 'Enhanced Photostability of a Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complex under Highly Oxidizing Aqueous Conditions by its Partial Inclusion into a Cyclodextrin'. Chemistry Eur J, 22 :1133-1140 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Light driven styrene epoxidation and hydrogen generation using H2O as an oxygen source in a photoelectrosynthesis cell'
P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, J. N. Clifford, P. Garrido-Barros, E. Palomares, A. Llobet (2016) 'Light driven styrene epoxidation and hydrogen generation using H2O as an oxygen source in a photoelectrosynthesis cell'. Green Chemistry, 18 :255-260 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'H2 Generation and Sulfide to Sulfoxide Oxidation in H2O Using Sunlight with a Model Photoelectrosynthesis Cell'
P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, J. N. Clifford, E. Palomares, A. Llobet (2015) 'H2 Generation and Sulfide to Sulfoxide Oxidation in H2O Using Sunlight with a Model Photoelectrosynthesis Cell'. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 304 :202-208 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Widely Applicable Metallacarborane Reagents for π-Conjugated Systems'
P. Farràs, A. D Musteti, I. Rojo, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor, M. E Light. (2014) 'Widely Applicable Metallacarborane Reagents for π-Conjugated Systems'. Inorganic Chemistry, 53 :5803-5809 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Bodipy-Ruthenium dyads for homogeneous photochemical oxidations'
P. Farràs, A. C. Benniston (2014) 'Bodipy-Ruthenium dyads for homogeneous photochemical oxidations'. Tetrahedron Lett, 55 :7011-7014 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Surfactant behaviour of metallacarboranes. A study based on the electrolysis of water'
C. Viñas, M. Tarrés, P. González-Cardoso, P. Farràs, P. Bauduin, F. Teixidor (2014) 'Surfactant behaviour of metallacarboranes. A study based on the electrolysis of water'. Dalton Transactions, 43 :5062-5068 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Controlling the Pirouetting Motion in Rotaxanes by Counterion Exchange'
P. Farràs, E. C. Escudero-Adán, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2014) 'Controlling the Pirouetting Motion in Rotaxanes by Counterion Exchange'. Inorganic Chemistry, 53 :8654-8661 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Preferential Chlorination Vertexes in Cobaltabisdicarbollide Anions. Radical Substitution Rate Correlation with Site Charges Computed by the Two Atoms Natural Population Analysis Method (2a-NPA)'
P. Farràs, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2013) 'Preferential Chlorination Vertexes in Cobaltabisdicarbollide Anions. Radical Substitution Rate Correlation with Site Charges Computed by the Two Atoms Natural Population Analysis Method (2a-NPA)'. Journal Of Organometallic Chemistry, 747, 119-125 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Dyad Ru-Based Molecules for Light-Driven Oxidation Catalysis'
P. Farràs, S. Maji, J. Benet-Buchholz, A. Llobet (2013) 'Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Dyad Ru-Based Molecules for Light-Driven Oxidation Catalysis'. Chemistry - A European Journal, 19 :7162-7172 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'From icosahedron to a plane - flattening dodecaiodo-dodecaborate by successive stripping of iodine'
P. Farràs, N. Vankova, L. L. Zeonjuk, J. Warneke, Th. Dülcks, Th. Heine, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor, D. Gabel. (2012) 'From icosahedron to a plane - flattening dodecaiodo-dodecaborate by successive stripping of iodine'. Chemistry - A European Journal, 18 :13208-13212 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) 'Metallacarboranes and their Interactions: Theoretical Insights and their Applicability'
P. Farràs, E. J. Juárez-Pérez, M. Lepšík, R. Luque, R. Núñez, F. Teixidor. (2012) 'Metallacarboranes and their Interactions: Theoretical Insights and their Applicability'. Chemical Society Reviews, 41 :3445-3463 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Relaxed but highly compact diansa metallacyclophanes'
P. Farràs, I. Rojo, R. Kivekäs, R. Sillanpää, F.Teixidor, P. González-Cardoso, C. Viñas (2011) 'Relaxed but highly compact diansa metallacyclophanes'. Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 133 :16537-16552 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Chemical, Electrochemical and Photochemical Catalytic Oxidation of Water to Dioxygen with Mononuclear Ru Complexes'
S. Roeser, P. Farràs, F. Bozoglian, M. Martínez, J. Benet-Buchholz, A. Llobet (2011) 'Chemical, Electrochemical and Photochemical Catalytic Oxidation of Water to Dioxygen with Mononuclear Ru Complexes'. Chemsuschem, 4 :197-207 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Theta-shaped amphiphilic COSAN: a new transition from monolayer vesicles to micelles'
P. Bauduin, S. Prevost, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, O. Diat, T. Zemb (2011) 'Theta-shaped amphiphilic COSAN: a new transition from monolayer vesicles to micelles'. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 50 :5298-5300 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'Unprecedented B―H activation through Pd catalysed B―Cvinyl bond coupling on borane systems'
P. Farràs, D. Olid-Britos, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2011) 'Unprecedented B―H activation through Pd catalysed B―Cvinyl bond coupling on borane systems'. European Journal Of Inorganic Chemistry, :2525-2532 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'Crystal Engineering of o-Carboranyl Alcohols: Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Thermal Properties'
V. Terrasson, Y. García, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas, J. Planas, D. Prim, M. E. Light, M. B. Hursthouse (2010) 'Crystal Engineering of o-Carboranyl Alcohols: Syntheses, Crystal Structures and Thermal Properties'. Crystengcomm, 12 :4109-4123 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'The nature of the chlorination reaction in anionic boron clusters'
P. Farràs, C. Viñas, R. Sillanpää, F. Teixidor, M. Rey (2010) 'The nature of the chlorination reaction in anionic boron clusters'. Dalton Transactions, 39 :7684-7691 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) '16. “Additive tuning redox potential in metallacarboranes by sequencial halogen substitution”'
P. González-Cardoso, A. I. Stoica, P. Farràs, A. Pepiol, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2010) '16. “Additive tuning redox potential in metallacarboranes by sequencial halogen substitution”'. Chemistry - A European Journal, 16 :6660-6665 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2010) 'A convenient synthetic route to useful monobranched polyethoxylated halogen terminated [3,3’-Co(1,2-C2B9H11)2]- synthons'
P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, R. Sillanpää, C. Viñas (2010) 'A convenient synthetic route to useful monobranched polyethoxylated halogen terminated [3,3’-Co(1,2-C2B9H11)2]- synthons'. Dalton Transactions, 39 :1716-1718 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Investigations on the reactivity of Li/Cl phosphinidenoid tungsten complexes towards various iodine compounds'
R. Streubel, A. Özbolat-Schön, M. Bode, J. Daniels, G. Schnakenburg, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas, A. Vaca, A. Pepiol, P. Farràs (2009) 'Investigations on the reactivity of Li/Cl phosphinidenoid tungsten complexes towards various iodine compounds'. Organometallics, 28 :6031-6035 [DOI] [Details]
(2009) 'Syntheses of C-substituted icosahedral dicarbaboranes bearing the 8-dioxane-cobalt bisdicarbollide moiety'
V. Šícha, P. Farràs, B. Štíbr, F. Teixidor, B. Grüner, C. Viñas (2009) 'Syntheses of C-substituted icosahedral dicarbaboranes bearing the 8-dioxane-cobalt bisdicarbollide moiety'. Journal Of Organometallic Chemistry, 694 :1599-1601 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Towards the synthesis of high boron content polyanionic multicluster macromolecules'
P. Farràs, A. M. Cioran, V. Šícha, F. Teixidor, B. Štíbr, B. Grüner, C. Viñas (2009) 'Towards the synthesis of high boron content polyanionic multicluster macromolecules'. Inorganic Chemistry, 48 :8210-8219 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2008) 'Metallacarboranes as Building Blocks for Polyanionic Polyarmed Aryl-Ether Materials'
P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, R. Kivekäs, R. Sillanpää, C. Viñas, B. Grüner, I. Cisarova (2008) 'Metallacarboranes as Building Blocks for Polyanionic Polyarmed Aryl-Ether Materials'. Inorganic Chemistry, 47 :9497-9508 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2006) 'Prediction of pK(a) values of nido-carboranes by density functional theory methods'
P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, V. Branchadell (2006) 'Prediction of pK(a) values of nido-carboranes by density functional theory methods'. Inorganic Chemistry, 45 :7947-7954 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2006) 'First example of a discrete P••I••I••P assembly. The large influence of weak interactions on the 31P-NMR of iodinated phosphorus compounds'
R. Nuñez, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas, R. Sillanpää, R. Kivekäs (2006) 'First example of a discrete P••I••I••P assembly. The large influence of weak interactions on the 31P-NMR of iodinated phosphorus compounds'. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 45 :1270-1272 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) XII Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Real Sociedad Española de Química.
P. Farras, A. Gonzalez-Campo, J. Lloret-Fillol (2015) XII Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Real Sociedad Española de Química. Spain: Ed. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2017) '1. Water as an Oxygen Source for Oxidation Reactions'
Pablo Garrido-Barros, Ignacio Funes-Ardoiz, Pau Farràs, Carolina Gimbert-Suriñach, Feliu Maseras and Antoni Llobet (2017) '1. Water as an Oxygen Source for Oxidation Reactions' In: Catalytic Oxidation in Organic Synthesis. Germany: Georg Thieme Verlag KG. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2017) ISF-2, 2nd International Conference on Solar Fuels,
P. Farràs, A. C. Benniston, A. Llobet (2017) Strategies To Improve Solar Fuels Production: From Molecular To Hybrid Systems. [Poster Presentation], ISF-2, 2nd International Conference on Solar Fuels, San Diego, US , 07-JUL-17 - 10-JUL-17. [Details]
(2017) Materials for Solar Energy Conversion: SuperSolar-UK SFN Meeting,
P. Farràs (2017) Hybrid systems for solar fuel production: two worlds better than one. [Poster Presentation], Materials for Solar Energy Conversion: SuperSolar-UK SFN Meeting, London, UK , 26-APR-17 - 26-APR-17. [Details]
(2017) Inorganic Ireland Symposium,
P. Farras (2017) Production of Solar Fuels by Organic Assisted Water Splitting. [Oral Presentation], Inorganic Ireland Symposium, Dublin, Ireland , 16-MAY-17 - 16-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017) 5th UK Solar Fuels Network Symposium,
P. Farras (2017) 5th UK Solar Fuels Network Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 5th UK Solar Fuels Network Symposium, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK , 26-JAN-17 - 27-JAN-17. [Details]
(2015) XII Symposium of the Young Chemists Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry,
P. Farras (2015) XII Symposium of the Young Chemists Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. [Conference Organising Committee Member], XII Symposium of the Young Chemists Group of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry, Barcelona, Spain , 03-NOV-15 - 06-NOV-15. [Details]
(2016) COST Action CM1202 Final meeting,
P. Farràs, T. Madeira, H. Lemmetyinen, N. V. Tkachenko, A. C. Benniston (2016) Bodipy-based sensitisers for oxidation photocatalysis. [Poster Presentation], COST Action CM1202 Final meeting, Milazzo, Italy , 04-SEP-16 - 07-SEP-16. [Details]
(2016) Design and Characterization of Advanced Materials, ISCA Japan-Ireland,
P. Farras (2016) Combination of molecules and materials, novel designs for solar fuel production. [Invited Oral Presentation], Design and Characterization of Advanced Materials, ISCA Japan-Ireland, Tokyo, Japan , 27-JUN-16 - 28-JUN-16. [Details]
(2015) Seminar at NUI Galway,
Pau Farras (2015) Chemical Tools in Solar Fuels Production. [Invited Lecture], Seminar at NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland , 10-DEC-15 - 10-DEC-15. [Details]
(2015) 1st International Conference on Solar Fuels,
P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, J. N. Clifford, P. Garrido, E. Palomares, A. Llobet (2015) Organic Substrate Assisted Water Splitting Photoelectrosynthesis Cells for Hydrogen Production. [Oral Presentation], 1st International Conference on Solar Fuels, Uppsala, Sweden , 24-APR-15 - 01-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) Technical Managers Universities (TMU) & Chemistry Higher Education Managers (CHEM) Conference,
Pau Farras (2015) School of Chemistry: Renewable Energies. [Invited Lecture], Technical Managers Universities (TMU) & Chemistry Higher Education Managers (CHEM) Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK , 13-MAR-15 - 13-MAR-15. [Details]
(2015) First workshop on nanostructured materials for light harvesting technologies: from solar fuels to energy storage,
Pau Farras (2015) The role of molecules in photoelectrochemical cells for the production of solar fuels. [Invited Lecture], First workshop on nanostructured materials for light harvesting technologies: from solar fuels to energy storage, Madrid, Spain , 24-NOV-15 - 26-NOV-15. [Details]
(2014) Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference,
P. Farràs, A. C. Benniston (2014) Application of borondipyrromethene (bodipy) dyads as sensitisers in photoelectrochemical cells for artificial photosynthesis. [Oral Presentation], Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference, Cancun, Mexico , 04-FEB-14 - 10-FEB-14. [Details]
(2014) 2014 International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis (ICARP 2014),
P. Farràs, T. Madeira, H. Lemmetyinen, N. V. Tkachenko, A. C. Benniston (2014) Application of borondipyrromethene (bodipy) dyads as sensitisers in photoelectrochemical cells for artificial photosynthesis. [Poster Presentation], 2014 International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis (ICARP 2014), Awaji Island, Japan , 16-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) Do we need a global project on artificial photosynthesis (solar fuels and chemicals?),
Pau Farras (2014) Water as the source. [Invited Oral Presentation], Do we need a global project on artificial photosynthesis (solar fuels and chemicals?), Milton Keynes, UK , 08-JUL-14 - 10-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014) Seminar at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences,
Pau Farras (2014) The Chemistry Towards the Generation of Solar Fuels. [Invited Lecture], Seminar at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Castelldefels, Spain , 03-NOV-14 - 03-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) 2nd UK Solar Fuels Symposium,
Pau Farras (2014) Application of borondipyrromethene (bodipy) dyads as sensitizers. [Invited Lecture], 2nd UK Solar Fuels Symposium, Liverpool, UK , 14-JAN-14 - 14-JAN-14. [Details]
(2014) 4th NORSC PG Symposium,
P. Farràs, A. C. Benniston (2014) Bodipy- Ruthenium dyads as sensitizers in photocatalytic oxidation of organic substrates. [Poster Presentation], 4th NORSC PG Symposium, Huddersfield, UK , 20-OCT-14. [Details]
(2013) E-MRS 2013 Spring Meeting. Symposium F: Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage,
L. Francàs, P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, C. Gimbert-Suriñac, A. Llobet (2013) Solar fuels generation based on hybrid molecular-materials assemblies. [Oral Presentation], E-MRS 2013 Spring Meeting. Symposium F: Nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage, Strasbourg, France , 01-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013) Post-graduate Solar Fuels Symposium. Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energies (ISACS12),
P. Farràs, C. Di Giovanni, J. N. Clifford, E. Palomares, A. Llobet (2013) Photocatalytic water splitting assisted by MeSPh. [Oral Presentation], Post-graduate Solar Fuels Symposium. Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energies (ISACS12), Cambridge, UK , 03-SEP-13 - 06-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012) IX Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich,
P. Farràs (2012) Towards the generation of solar fuels. [Poster Presentation], IX Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich, Zaragoza, Spain , 04-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012) Gordon Research Conference on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels,
P. Farràs, S. Roeser, F. Bozoglian, M. Martínez-Belmonte, J. Benet-Buchholz, A. Llobet (2012) Chemical, Electrochemical, and Photochemical Catalytic Oxidation of Water to Dioxygen with Mononuclear Ruthenium Complexes. [Poster Presentation], Gordon Research Conference on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels, Lucca (Barga), Italy , 13-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011) INTECAT Meeting,
P. Farràs, A. Llobet (2011) Photo-Oxidation of Water and Organic Substrates with Ru Catalysts. [Oral Presentation], INTECAT Meeting, Huelva, Spain , 02-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011) Imeboron XIV,
D. Gabel, D. Awad, M. Bartok, J. Warneke, M. Winterhalter, K. Edwards, K. Karki, D. Roccatano, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas, L.L. Zeonjuk, N. Vankova, T. Heine (2011) Dodecaiodo-dodecaborate - an anion with unusual properties. [Oral Presentation], Imeboron XIV, Niagara Falls, Canada , 04-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011) VIII Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich,
P. Farràs, S. Maji, F. Bozoglian, M. Martínez-Belmonte, J. Benet-Buchholz, A. Llobet (2011) Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of dyad Ru-based molecules for light-driven oxidation catalysis. [Oral Presentation], VIII Simposio de Jóvenes Investigadores RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich, Torremolinos, Spain , 01-OCT-11. [Details]
(2010) Euroboron 5,
J. Giner Planas, V. Terrasson, F. Di Salvo, B. Camargo, Y. García, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, D. Prim, M.E. Light, M.B. Hursthouse (2010) Crystal engineering of o-carboranyl alcohols: syntheses, crystal structures and properties. [Oral Presentation], Euroboron 5, Edinburgh, UK , 05-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010) Euroboron 5,
A. M. Cioran, P. Farràs, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor, R. Sillanpää (2010) A convenient route to monobranched polyethoxylated halogen/ thiol terminated [3,3-M(1,2-C2B9H11)2]- synthons. [Oral Presentation], Euroboron 5, Edinburgh, UK , 05-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010) INTECAT Meeting,
P. Farràs, S. Maji, S. Roeser, S. Mandal, A. Llobet (2010) Photo-Oxidation of Water and Organic Substrates with Ru Catalysts. [Oral Presentation], INTECAT Meeting, Tarragona, Spain , 07-NOV-10. [Details]
(2009) 23rd Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society,
P. Bauduin, T. Zemb, S. Prevost, P. Farràs, F. Teixidor (2009) New types of micellar systems made of icosahedral metallacarboranes showing unconventional aggregation states in water. [Oral Presentation], 23rd Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society, Antalya, Turkey , 06-SEP-09. [Details]
(2008) Halchem IV,
P. González-Cardoso, P. Farràs, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2008) Surfactant behaviour of metallacarboranes and chlorometallacarboranes. A study based on the electrolysis of water. [Oral Presentation], Halchem IV, Platja d’Aro, Spain , 07-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008) V Trobada de joves investigadors dels Països Catalans,
P. González Cardoso, A.I. Stoica, P. Farràs, A. Pepiol, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas (2008) Propietats electroquímiques de metal•locarborans tipus sandvitx. [Oral Presentation], V Trobada de joves investigadors dels Països Catalans, Vic, Spain , 07-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008) Halchem IV,
A.-I. Stoica, P. González-Cardoso, P. Farràs, A. Pepiol, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2008) Stepwise influence of halogen atoms in the redox potential of the [Co(C2B9H11)2]- platform. [Oral Presentation], Halchem IV, Platja d’Aro, Spain , 07-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008) RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich 2008 de Jóvenes Investigadores,
P. Farràs, E. R. Kay, D. A. Leigh, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2008) Control of rotaxane-based molecular machines by metallacarboranes. [Oral Presentation], RSEQ-Sigma Aldrich 2008 de Jóvenes Investigadores, Santiago de Compostela, Spain , 02-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008) Halchem IV,
P. Farràs, C. Viñas, M. Rey, F. Teixidor (2008) Preferential Chlorination Vertexes in Carborane Anions. The Two Atom NPA (2a-NPA) Method For Their Calculation. [Oral Presentation], Halchem IV, Platja d’Aro, Spain , 07-SEP-08. [Details]
(2008) 2on Symposium on New Trends and Strategies in the Chemistry of Advanced Materials with Relevance in Biological Systems, Technique and Environmental Protection,
R. Alexandrova, R.Kalfin, R. Toshkova, E. Gardeva, K. Timcheva, C. Viñas, P. Farràs (2008) Does Boron can help us to fight against cancer?. [Oral Presentation], 2on Symposium on New Trends and Strategies in the Chemistry of Advanced Materials with Relevance in Biological Systems, Technique and Environmental Protection, Timisoara, Romania , 02-NOV-08. [Details]
(2007) 16th Internacional Conference on Photochemical Conversión and Storage of Solar Energy,
F. Teixidor, E. Crespo, P. Farràs, M. Rey, J. Llop, C. Viñas, R. Kivekäs, R. Sillanpää (2007) The 2a-NPA method. Chlorination in carborane anions. [Oral Presentation], 16th Internacional Conference on Photochemical Conversión and Storage of Solar Energy, Uppsala, Sweden , 08-JUL-07. [Details]
(2007) Euroboron 4,
P. Farràs, M. Rey, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2007) “The 2a-NPA method. Chlorination in carborane anions. [Oral Presentation], Euroboron 4, Bremen, Germany , 02-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007) Experiment and Theory in Internacional Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry,
P. Farràs, M. Rey, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2007) Preferential Chlorination Vertexes in Carborane Anions. Radical Substitution Rate Correlation with Site Charges Computed by the Two Atoms Natural Population Analysis Method (2a-NPA). [Oral Presentation], Experiment and Theory in Internacional Conference on Heteroatom Chemistry, Riverside, USA , 12-AUG-07. [Details]
(2006) Halchem III,
P. Farràs, M. Rey, C. Viñas, F. Teixidor (2006) Stepwise chlorination of boron clusters. Kinetic but not thermodynamic control process. [Oral Presentation], Halchem III, Ioanina, Greece , 04-JUN-06. [Details]
(2005) 3rd EUROPART Meeting,
P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas (2005) Fission radionuclides extraction with pristine cobaltadicarbollide. [Oral Presentation], 3rd EUROPART Meeting, Manchester, UK , 09-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005) Imeboron XII,
I. Rojo, F. Teixidor, P. Farràs, C. Viñas, R. Kivekäs, R. Sillanpää (2005) Regioselective substitution and multihalogenation in cobaltabisdicarbollide [3,3'-Co(1,2-C2B9H11)2]- clusters. [Oral Presentation], Imeboron XII, Sendai, Japan , 04-SEP-05. [Details]
(2004) 2nd EUROPART Meeting,
I. Rojo, P. Farràs, J.I. Llambías, F. Teixidor, C. Viñas (2004) Trioctylphosphine oxide like ligands based on carboranyl fragments for nuclear waste partitioning. [Oral Presentation], 2nd EUROPART Meeting, Madrid, Spain , 11-JUL-04. [Details]

Correction

  Year Publication
(2015) Metallacarboranes as Building Blocks for Polyanionic Polyarmed Aryl-Ether Materials.
P. Farràs, F. Teixidor, R. Kivekäs, R. Sillanpää, C. Viñas, B. Grüner, I. Cisarovs (2015) Metallacarboranes as Building Blocks for Polyanionic Polyarmed Aryl-Ether Materials. Correction [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 GNM Fellowship Great North Museum, Newcastle University
2014 RSC Travel grant, Faraday Division RSC Faraday Division
2014 UK Solar Fuels Network travel bursary Solar Fuels Network
2014 Best presentation award Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference
2013 Royal Society Newton International Fellowship Royal Society and British Academy
2012 Outstanding Award for the PhD in Chemistry Autonomous University of Barcelona
2010 Certificate of Lecturer Generalitat de Catalunya
2004 PhD Fellowships Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Member /
Spanish Young Researchers of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Board Member /
Royal Society of Chemistry Member /
Chemical Engineering Student Association, Autonomous University of Barcelona Founder member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Lecturer 01-SEP-15 /
Newcastle University Postdoctoral Researcher 01-JUN-15 / 31-AUG-15
Newcastle University Teaching Assistant 01-FEB-15 / 31-MAY-15
Newcastle University Royal Society Newton International Fellow 19-JAN-13 / 18-JAN-15
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia Postdoctoral Researcher 01-NOV-09 / 31-DEC-12
Uquifa S.A Control process engineer 01-JUL-02 / 15-FEB-03

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
5th Solar Fuels Network Symposium Organiser 27-JAN-17 / 27-JAN-17
EPSRC college member Reviewer /
12th Symposium of the Young Chemists Group JIQ-RSEQ Organiser 03-NOV-15 / 06-NOV-15

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2016 NUI Galway Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
2009 Material Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) PhD PhD in Chemical Science
2005 Material Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) Msc MS. in Chemical Science
2003 Autonomous University of Barcelona BSc (Hons) BSc in Chemical Engineering

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Outreach Light for Life 19-AUG-15 / 20-AUG-15
Outreach Summer School "Colourful Chemistry" 03-AUG-15 / 14-AUG-15

Reviews

  Journal Role
Molecular Pharmaceutics Reviewer
Acta Crystallog Reviewer
Dalton Transactions Reviewer
Journal Of The American Chemical Society Reviewer

Teaching Interests


Undergraduate Teaching:
4th year lectures on: Natural vs. Artificial Photosynthesis and Respiration for energy applications.
3rd year lectures on: Coordination Chemistry and Symmetry. Tools for improving reports (Plagiarism and Referencing).
2nd year lectures on: Coordination Chemistry.
4th year undergraduate chemistry student research project and literature project supervision.
Chemistry laboratory supervision of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students.

Postgraduate Teaching:



Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2nd year, SEM 1 Inorganic Chemistry CH204 6 lectures on Coordination Chemistry and 6 practical classes
3rd year, SEM 2 Inorganic Chemistry CH307 8 lectures on Coordination Chemistry
1st year, SEM 1&2 Chemistry CH101 18 Practical classes on basic chemistry
3th year, SEM 2 Experimental Chemistry II CH334 6 Practical classes on Inorganic Chemistry
4th year, SEM 1&2 Research - Independent Investigation CH4101 Supervisor of final year research projects
3rd year, SEM 2 Computers in Chemical Research CH3101 2 lectures on Plagiarism and Referencing
4th year, SEM 2 Inorganic&Bioinorganic Chemistry CH4105 Selected topics in Bioinorganic Chemistry: photosynthesis and respiration (8 lectures)

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Dr Fabio Cucinotta Newcastle University UNITED KINGDOM
Metallacarborane-based organosilicates
Prof Martin Albrecht University of Bern SWITZERLAND
Fluorescence-tagged molecular catalysts
Dr Alexander Cowan University of Liverpool UNITED KINGDOM
Development of photocathodes for CO2 reduction
Prof Thomas Feuer University of Bern SWITZERLAND
Fast spectroscopy measurements of ruthenium complexes
Prof Francesc Teixidor Materials Science Institute of Barcelona - CSIC SPAIN
Novel metallacarborane-based light-harvesters
Prof. Andrew Benniston Newcastle University UNITED KINGDOM
Design of Bodipy-Ruthenium dyads for photocatalysis