University of Hertfordshire

Dr Jesus Calvo-Castro


Jesus Calvo-Castro (PhD Chemistry, BSc(Hons) Chemistry) is a lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Hertfordshire since September 2017. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution from December 2015, working on the development of novel detection methodologies for Novel Psychoactive Substances by means of Raman spectroscopy and chemometrics. JCC completed his PhD at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) under the supervision of Drs McLean and McHugh on engineering Diketopyrrolopyrrole organic dyes towards their uses in optoelectronic devices. Following to that and before joining the University of Hertfordshire, he held research assistant and associate lecturer positions at UWS.

His current research interests are devoted to the rational realisation of novel optoelectronic sensing platforms that mainly exploit, but are not limited to, diketopyrrolopyrrole based architectures that can ultimately find applicability in various fields that span from nitroaromatic based explosives to bioimaging agents. This work encompasses the rational understanding that small systematic structural changes performed on common cores bear on the photophysical, photochemical, electrochemical and charge transfer properties of these materials, both in solution and in solid phase (Calvo-Castro et al., Cryst. Growth Des., 2014, 14, 4849-4858, Warzecha et al., Chem. Comm., 2015, 51, 1143-1146 and Calvo-Castro et al., J. Mat. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 3993-3998). JCC also has interests in the development of novel algorithms for the in-field detection of analytes of interests (i.e. psychoactive substances) in complex mixtures by means of spectroscopy and chemometric approaches (Zloh et al., RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 53181, Calvo-Castro et al., RSC Adv., 2018) as well as the use of spectroscopic techniques for the characterisation of nanoparticle based materials (Cheong et al., Nanomaterials, 2017, 7, 152)

Areas of Expertise:

Photophysical and photochemical processes in organic conjugated materials


Organic optoelectronics


Computational chemistry


Raman spectroscopy

Psychoactive Substances


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