My professional activity is devoted to basic research and university teaching.
I graduated in Sciences (Chemistry) from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1992. I obtained a PhD in Chemistry in 1999 from the University of Girona. Since 2003, I’m associate professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Girona.
Pre-doctoral research stays: Chemistry Dept. of the Masaryk Universitat (Brno, Czech Republic) under supervision of Prof. Josef Havel (2 months in 1997 and 6 months in 1999).
Post-doctoral research stays: Chemistry Dept. of the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY, USA) under supervision of Prof. Leonidas G. Bachas (2 months in 2000); Chemistry Dept. of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) as a visiting scholar under the supervision of Prof. Richard D. Sacks (18 months between 2001-2002 and 6 months between 2004-2005); Laboratorio de Investigación en Neurociencias Clínicas (LINC) of the Complejo Hospitalario de Santiago de Compostela-USC under the supervision of Prof. José Castillo (3 months in 2016).
At the beginning, my research was focused on separation processes and concentration of metals using ion-exchange resins, sorbents and membranes. From 2000, I specialized in the field of breath analysis, developing micro-extraction devices (e.g., micro-traps and needle traps) specially designed for the concentration and analysis of VOCs in breath samples, which were used in studies of exposure to VOCs in different environments.
Since 2012 I have also been developing biomedical research in collaboration with researchers from the Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica de Girona (IdIBGi, Girona, Spain), the LINC (University Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) and the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de A Coruña (INIBIC, University Hospital of A Coruña, Spain). This research line is focused to the assessment of biomarkers related with hemorrhagic transformation in cerebral ischemia.