Prof. M. Concepción Gimeno received her undergraduate education in Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and obtained the PhD under the supervision of Prof. Rafael Usón and Prof. Antonio Laguna from the University of Zaragoza in 1988. After her postdoctoral work with Prof. F. Gordon A. Stone at the University of Bristol she joined the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in 1990 as Tenured Scientist, in the Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (CSIC-University of Zaragoza). In 2000 she promoted to Research Scientist and later in 2008 to Research Professor.

Her research interests focus on the design and synthesis of coordination compounds, mainly of group 11 metals, with specific properties for various applications, including luminescence, medicine or catalysis. She is author of more than 230 scientific publications among articles, reviews, and book chapters, and a licensed patent under exploitation. Her research has received more than 5000 citations (h-index 36). She is editor of the Gold Bull. and Member of the Advisory Board of Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. She has been awarded with the “IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering” and with the “GEQO-Excellence in Organometallic Chemistry Research” in 2017.



Dr. Elena Cerrada obtained her PhD from University of Zaragoza in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. A. Laguna and Prof. M. Laguna. After two stays at University of Durham under supervision of Prof. M. Bryce and at University of Southampton with Prof. M. Hursthouse she moved to the University of Zaragoza as associate professor and as Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006.

Her main research interest focuses on the synthesis of metallic derivatives with anticancer activity, their mechanism of action and their possible synergism with natural products obtained from vegetal extracts.



Dr. Raquel P. Herrera was born in Alicante (Spain), in 1977. She received her B.Sc. (1999) and M.Sc. degrees (2000) at the University of Alicante, Spain, and completed her PhD. (1999-2003) under the supervision of Prof. A. Guijarro and Prof. M. Yus at the same university. She then took up a European postdoctoral contract with Prof. Ricci (Bologna, Italy) until March 2006, at which time she joined Prof. J. M. Lassaletta’s group at the IIQ-CSIC (Seville, Spain). She was appointed as a permanent researcher (ARAID program) at the ISQCH-University of Zaragoza in January 2008 and in 2012 she obtained a permanent position as Tenured Scientist at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the same Institute. In 2012 she was awarded with the Lilly Prize to the best young scientist less than 40 ages, in Spain.

Her research focuses on asymmetric organocatalysis and its applications.



Dr. Vanesa Fernández-Moreira obtained her BSc and MPhil in Chemistry at University of Vigo (Spain, 2005) and PhD at Cardiff University (UK, 2008) under the supervision of Dr M. P. Coogan and Dr A. J. Amoroso in the area of luminescent d6 complexes. Thereafter, she joined first, Prof. J.-C. Bünzli group at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, EPFL, (Switzerland, 2009) and then, Prof. Sylvia Draper group at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland, 2010) as a postdoctoral fellow. In February 2011, she moved to the University of Zaragoza and then to the ISQCH as an associate researcher, where she joined the group led by Prof M. C. Gimeno.

Her research is focused on the development of luminescent metallodrugs as theranostic agents.