Dr Pau Farràs is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at NUI Galway. His area of interest is focused on the use of carboranes and metallacarboranes as a new type of inorganic drugs in applications such as anticancer therapy and antimicrobial agents.
Dr Farràs has developed a number of synthetic routes to prepare new metallacarborane derivatives, functionalised in different cage vertices leading to new functionalities. He has also worked on hybrid semiconductor-molecule systems for light-driven chemical reactions and some of the systems employed have the potential to be used in anticancer therapy.
His experience in synthetic chemistry and nanoscience will be applied in the discovery of new inorganic bioactive compounds and their implementation in medical devices. Collaboration with leading groups at NUI Galway and elsewhere will provide new biocompatible materials with activity in the two previously mentioned applications.
Current targets include triple-negative breast cancer cells (TNBC) and Methicillin-resistant Staphlyococcus aureus (MRSA).
Dr Farràs has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the Outstanding Award for his PhD thesis in 2012, the prestigious Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society in 2013 and the GNM Fellowship in 2015 for outreach activities. He has organised international conferences and is leading an European project (www.seafuel.eu). He was a board member of the JIQ-RSEQ and is associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr Farràs has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals (h-index = 15) and has been selected as Emerging Investigator 2018 by Chemical Communications.
Dr Farràs is a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. He has also served as reviewer to the Swiss National Foundation and has reviewed peer-reviewed papers for several high-impact journals. He has served as Guest Editor on a Special Issue on “Photocatalytic Water Splitting” and has delivered several invited talks. He is the lead partner of the INTERREG Atlantic Area project SEAFUEL.
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