Current Members

Research Assistants

Eric Mates

Eric was born in Barcelona in 1995. He graduated in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona”. In his final year, he worked under the supervision of Prof. Agustí Lledós and Prof. Jean-Didier Maréchal to investigate the mechanism of a Rh-based artificial metalloenzyme for enantioselective cyclopropanations. After that, he moved to Dublin to pursue a PhD in Chemistry in the group of Prof. Max García-Melchor at Trinity College Dublin, focusing on the effects of surface coverage, ligand phase and dopant distribution for the rational design of cost-effective heterogeneous photo-electrocatalysts. He is now working as a Research Assistant in the group of Prof. Cristina Trujillo.


Iñigo Iribarren

Iñigo was born in Pamplona in 1994. He carried out his chemistry studies  at “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” as well as his master studies in theoretical and computational chemistry. He spent three months at “Sorbonne Université” in Paris under the supervision of Dr. Julia Contreras developing a module for the Non-covalent interaction index software that separates an interaction into orbitalic contributions. He carried out my master thesis at “Instituto de Química Médica (CSIC, Madrid)” under the supervision of Prof. Ibon Alkorta. This master thesis was focused on studying dimers formed by two protonated monomers linked by hydrogen bonds and characterize those interactions (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 5796-5802)”. Currently, Iñigo is at Trinity College Dublin doing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Cristina Trujillo focused on weak interactions in organocatalysis.

Rica Garcia

Rica was born in the Philippines in 1997. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Single honours Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She is currently pursuing an MSc under the supervision of Prof. Cristina Trujillo at Trinity College Dublin focused on halogen bonds within Organocatalysis.

Nika Melnyk

Nika was born in Ukraine in 1999. She accomplished her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical sciences with medicinal chemistry from the Technological University Dublin (TUD) where she carried out her thesis on the computational analysis of antimalarials containing an endoperoxide bond under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Rawe and Dr. Cristina Trujillo. Her thesis established an interest for computational chemistry and she is currently doing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Cristina Trujillo focusing on the catalysis of organic reactions through non-covalent interactions in Trinity College Dublin.


Maxime Ferrer

Maxime was born in Toulouse, France, in 1997. During his chemistry Bachelor degree in the “Université Paul Sabatier”, he did a project about halogen bonds with Pr. Pierre Kennephol, in the University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada. In 2018, he moved to Madrid to complete a theoretical and computational chemistry master, in the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”. He did his master thesis under the supervision of Merche Montero-Campillo. The main topic of the thesis was the exploration of bonding through the study of B-Be-B bridged systems (New J. Chem., 2020,44, 11870-11878). The thesis was completed by a stay in the “Sorbonne Université”, under the supervision of Dr. Julia Contreras. During those three months, he worked on a module for the Non-covalent interaction index software (NCI) which objective is to translate the non-covalent interactions present in a system, into orbital contributions. Currently, Maxime is doing his PhD in the “Instituto de Química Médica (CSIC, Madrid)” under the supervision of Prof. Ibon Alkorta and Josep M. Oliva. His main objective is to study the reactivity of Frustrated Lewis Pairs toward CO2 (J. Phys. Chem. A 2021, 125, 32, 6976–6984). During 4 months, he will be part of the Trujillo Group, to work on asymmetric catalysis, with the help of the HPC-Europe3 European program.