Itziar Peñafiel

Mentoring Committee

I graduated in Chemistry at the University of the Basque Country, (Spain) in 2007 and I moved to University of Alicante (Spain) to do a PhD in Organic Synthesis under the supervision of Prof Miguel Yus and Dr Isidro M. Pastor. After defended my PhD in the synthesis of organic ligands and organometallic catalysts and their application in different organic reactions, I joined Prof Carmen Claver research group (University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain) on developing new supported catalysts for the transformation of organic reactions from batch to continuous flow (SYNFLOW European Project). In 2015 I was awarded a personal postdoctoral Marie Curie COFUND fellowship for the sustainable production of high values chemicals under continuous flow, I carried out that work in two different centres: firstly I joined Prof. Alexei Lapkin group at the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department of the University of Cambridge for a year and Prof. Carmen Claver group at Centre Tecnològic de la Química de Catalunya (Tarragona, Spain) for a second year.

Nowadays, I am part of a multidisciplinary project involving electrosynthesis and biocatalysis in flow at the University of Manchester (Prof M. Greaney, Prof R. Dryfe, Prof J. Blacker, Prof N. Turner). It supposes an exciting new challenge in my professional career always oriented to the sustainability.