University of Hertfordshire

Dr Jesus Calvo-Castro


Dr Jesus Calvo-Castro is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. His expertise is in the development of novel organic-based materials that can be exploited in optoelectronic applications, ranging from the detection of small molecule analytes (ChemComm 2015, 51, 1143-1146) to preferential bioaccumulation in subcellular organelles (Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 3173-3180, hot paper). He holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) as well as a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of Extremadura (Spain) and PhD in physical chemistry from UWS (2015). He continued at UWS as a PDRA working on the optical detection of nitroaromatic based explosives before moving to UH as a PDRA to work on the development of novel detection methods for psychoactive substances (RSC Adv. 2018, 8, 31924). He became Lecturer in pharmaceutical chemistry at the same institution in 2017 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer two years later. Jesus has given invited talks at the European Commission and at the Interpol on novel sensing applications for biologically relevant analytes. His work makes use of quantum mechanics in the understanding of non-covalent intermolecular interactions in these organic materials which further paves the way for the design of superior alternatives (J. Mat. Chem. C 2017, 5, 3993-3998 and 2019, 7, 2029-2036). His research has been externally funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund, the Chemical Structure Association and the Brazilian Government Agency for Research (CNPq).

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