José Luis Mascareñas
Department of Organic Chemistry - University of Santiago de Compostela
José Luis Mascareñas
Departamento de Química Orgánica
Facultade de Química
Universidade de Santiago
15782, Santiago de Compostela
Phone: +34 981 563100 ext 14405
Fax: +34 981 595012
Why we do what we do...
Research is a hard business and not always fully rewarding, but if research is linked to words like curiosity, discovery, creativity and innovation, then we might be in a unique position to contribute to science while having fun.
We want to have such kind of fun while trying to discover new synthetic technologies and strategies based on catalytic reactions. We also want to use our synthetic background and capabilities to approach problems at the frontier between chemistry, biology and medicine, by making tailored non-natural molecules designed to probe or modify specific biomolecular processes.
In times in which we hear often our politicians pronouncing the words “Research and Development”, although the real R&D policy raises serious doubts on whether such words are something more than propaganda, we are firmly believers of the critical value of first level research and advanced education to promote the socioeconomical, technological, and cultural progress of our society. In our group we want to make a modest contribution to such progress by providing an appropriate environment to carry out creative and competitive research at the frontier of knowledge, and to promote the formation of people that could lead relevant academic or industrial projects in the future.
We are not obsessed with high productivity, and therefore prefer to risk research in potentially impacting projects instead of mere increasing the number of publications. In recent years we have also increased our interest in applying for patents and exploring technological applications of our discoveries.
Our work could not be possible without the funding of different organisms, mainly the Spanish Government (SAF and Consolider Ingenio grants, and PhD fellowships to many of our students), the Galician Governmen, and the European Uniont. Of course it all comes down to the dedication of an enthusiastic group of students that are the ulltimate responsible of converting raw ideas into real entities.