Prof. Dr. Pedro Merino

18Pedro Merino
Departamento de Química Orgánica
Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea
Universidad de Zaragoza. CSIC
50009 Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain
Biographical Sketch
Pedro Merino was born in Zaragoza and graduated with an Honours MSc. Degree in Chemistry from the University of Zaragoza in 1986. After earning a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the same university in 1989 under the guidance of Professor Enrique Melendez, he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Alessandro Dondoni at the University of Ferrara (Italy), working on thiazole chemistry applied to asymmetric synthesis. In 1992 he returned to the University of Zaragoza as an Assistant Professor, where he started his independent research. In 1994 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2005 he obtained his habilitation as a full professor in Organic Chemistry.  In 2006 he was awarded a Chair in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Zaragoza. His research interests span the areas of asymmetric synthesis, target-oriented synthesis, organometallic chemistry, asymmetric metal-assisted and organic catalysis and, more recently, theoretical chemistry and enzyme inhibition.