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Natalia Muñoz wins the Innova-SusChem Award with the development of sustainable chemical reagents



Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Sciences of the University of Valencia (ICMol) Natalia Muñoz Padial has been awarded the Innova Prize of the Sustainable Chemistry Technology Platform SusChem-Spain for researchers under 40 for her work on the development of a new class of more efficient and environmentally sustainable reagents.

This award recognizes the best public-private collaborations that have produced results in all areas of sustainable chemistry over the past three years.

According to the jury’s decision, Natalia Muñoz was “recognized with the Bristol Myers Squibb award for her promising results in the project developed in collaboration at the Scripps Research Institute to develop a new class of sustainable P(V) reagents that lead to greater efficiency and more ecological processes”.

Muñoz’s research to achieve sustainable and scalable reagents has also been recognized with the Robert Robinson Award from the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK, as well as the Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the United Kingdom Environmental Protection Agency, USA (EPA).

Natalia Muñoz Padial (Granada, 1983) is currently the holder of a Junior Leader grant from La Caixa and is developing her work in the Functional Inorganic Materials (Funimat) research group led by Carlos Martí-Gastaldo at the ICMol of the University of Valencia, a center, recognized by the Ministry of Science and Innovation as a María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence.

Previously, he received grants from highly competitive scientific programs such as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie of the European Commission or the Juan de la Cierva of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, both in its training modality and in the category of creation. His desire to produce useful scientific results for industry has led him to collaborate with other companies such as the multinational Sensient Fragrances SA or the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


On the other hand, a scientific paper by another University of Valencia researcher, Ramón Torres Cavanillas, PhD in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology at the Institute of Molecular Sciences, has been declared a finalist for the same awards in the Research category.

The work “Spin-Crossover Nanoparticles anchored on MoS2 layers for tunable strain heterostructures driven by thermal or light-induced spin switching” was developed at the Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Valencia.


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