Raúl Pérez Ruiz (born 1976, Valencia) obtained his B. Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Valencia (2001). In 2006, he received his PhD in Chemistry (European Doctorate) with honors under the guidance of Prof. Miguel Angel Miranda at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), supported by a FPI fellowship from the Spanish Government. During his PhD studies, he performed two short-term stays at the University of Cologne, Germany (Prof. Axel G. Griesbeck) and at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Prof. Luisa de Cola). Dr. Pérez-Ruiz obtained a postdoctoral (09/2006-02/2007) contract with Dr. Thanasis Gimisis (University of Athens, Greece) and afterwards he moved to the research group of Prof. Axel G. Griesbeck at the University of Cologne (Germany) as a research associate where he was awarded with the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (06/2007-11/2008). In December 2008, he rejoined as postdoctoral scientist to the Department of Chemistry at the UPV with Prof. M. Consuelo Jiménez (Fundación CajaMurcia 12/2008-04/2011 and Juan de la Cierva Program 05/2011-04/2014). In 07/2014, he received a Marie Curie-IEF Fellowship funded under the European Commission’s FP7. The research project was developed within the group of Prof. Axel Jacobi von Wangelin, University of Regensburg (Germany), ending it up in 06/2016. After this time, Dr. Pérez-Ruiz was employed as a postdoctoral researcher under an EXPLORA project led by Prof. Miguel A. Miranda at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (07/2016-02/2017). Currently, Dr. Perez-Ruiz has just been awarded as senior assistant researcher by "Atracción de Talento Program 2016, Modalidad 1" funded by Community of Madrid to continue his scientific career in the Photoactivated Processes Unit (Leader: Dr. Victor A. de la Peña O’Shea) at the IMDEA-Energy Institute.
His scientific trajectory has focused on the study of photochemical processes and molecular spectroscopy for its application in the field of organic synthesis as well as in biology. He is co-author of more than 30 articles in “peer-reviewed” scientific journals, 1 international patent and has attended more than 40 national/international congresses. He has participated in 11 research projects, being PI in 4 of them. He is co-director of a Master Thesis and has been recognized by the National Agency of Evaluation of the Quality (ANECA) in the following three categories: Researcher professor; Assistant professor; Private University professor.
During his research career at Universities in Spain, Germany, Greece and The Netherlands, Dr. Pérez has developed and improved his capacity for independent thinking and leadership qualities. He has acquired expertise in Bio-Organic Photochemistry with special attention in Organic synthesis and Spectroscopy as well as in Photochemical and Photophysical studies through the combination of steady state photolysis and time resolved spectroscopies (laser flash photolysis).