Current Member

Dr. Amparo Ruiz-Carretero


Office: ISIS 2.05
Telp: +33 368 855 217
FAX: +33 368 855 242

2000-05: Chemistry. University of Castilla - La Mancha (Ciudad Real, Spain)

2005-09: PhD. University of Castilla - La Mancha (Ciudad Real, Spain), MSOC (Prof. Antonio de la Hoz) and Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Prof. E. W. (Bert) Meijer and Prof. Albert Schenning.

2009 (30th October), PhD defense: “Sustainable synthesis of triazine derivatives and analogues with applications in Supramolecular Chemistry”. 

2010-2012: Postdoc at Northwestern University (Chicago, USA). Prof. Samuel I. Stupp.

2013-present: Postdoc at University of Strasbourg (Strasbourg, France). Institue de Sciences et d'Ingenierie Supramoleculaires. Prof. Luisa De Cola.


2014                Microwave-Assisted Selective Synthesis of Mono- and Bistriazines with pi-Conjugated Spacers. Study of the Optoelectronic Properties. Ruiz-Carretero, Amparo; Noguez, Olivia; Herrera, Trinidad; Ramírez, José; Sanchez-Migallon, Ana; de la Hoz, Antonio. J. Org. Chem. In press.

2014                Microwave-assisted selective and efficient synthesis of 1,3,5-tryazinyl mono and bisureaderivatives. A. Ruiz-Carretero, J. R. Ramirez, A. Sanchez-Migallon, A. de la Hoz. Tetrahedron. 2014, 70, 1733-1739.

2013                Stepwise self-assembly to improve solar cell morphology. Amparo Ruiz-Carretero,§ Taner Aytun, Carson J. Bruns, Christina J. Newcomb, W. W. Tsai, Samuel I. Stupp., J. Mater. Chem. A. 2013, 1, 11674-11681.

2013                Patterned silver nanoparticles embedded in a nanoporous smectic liquid crystalline polymer network. Dasgupta, Debarshi; Shishmanova, Ivelina; Ruiz-Carretero, Amparo; Lu, Kangbo; Verhoeven, Martinus; van Kuringen, Huub; Portale, Giuseppe; Leclere, Philippe; Bastiaansen, Cees; Broer, Dirk;Schenning, Albertus. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 10922-10925.

2011                DNA-templated assembly of dyes and extended p-conjugated systems. Amparo Ruiz-Carretero, Pim G. A. Janssen, Adrien Kaeser, Albert P. H. J. Schenning. Chem. Comm. 2011, 47, 4340-4347.

2011                Directing energy transfer in discrete one-dimensional oligonucleotide-templated assemblies. Amparo Ruiz-Carretero, Pim G. A. Janssen, Ami L. Stevens, Mathieu Surin, Laura M. Herz, Albert P. H. J. Schenning. Chem. Comm. 2011, 47, 884-886.

2011                Energy Transfer in Single-Stranded DNA-Templated Stacks of Naphthalene Chromophores. A. L. Stevens, P. G. A. Janssen, A. Ruiz-Carretero, M. Surin, Laura M. Herz, Albert P. H. J. Schenning. J. Phys. Chem. C. 2011, 115, 10550-10560.

2010                Microwave assisted synthesis of azolyl bistriazines. Moral M., Ruiz A., Moreno A., Diaz-Ortiz A., Lopez-Solera I., de la Hoz A., Sanchez-Migallon A. Tetrahedron, 2010, 66, 121-127.

2009                pH-Switchable Helicity of DNA Templated Self-Assemblies. Pim G. A. Janssen, Amparo Ruiz-Carretero, David González-Rodríguez, E. W. Meijer, Albertus P. H. J: Schenning. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 8103-8106.

2006                Microwave assistedsynthesis of bypirazolyls and substituted pyrimidines. Antonio de la Hoz, Ángel Díaz, José Elguero, Agustín Jiménez, Andrés Moreno, Amparo Ruiz, Ana Mª Sánchez-Migallón. Tetrahedron. 2006, 63, 748-753. (Note author list is in alphabetical order).


2013: Postdoctoral IEF Marie Curie fellowship

2010-2012: Postdoctoral grant from the Spanish government.

2005-2009: Predoctoral National grant.

2005: National grant for master students.



I studied chemistry at University of Castilla – La Mancha (Spain), where I joined the group of Prof. Antonio de la Hoz as an undergrad student and stayed until the end of my PhD working on the design and synthesis of supramolecular systems using microwave irradiation as an alternative way of energy. We were able of synthesizing several supramolecular systems based on urea self-assembly motifs and organic semiconductors based on triazine rings.  The synthesis was carried out using environmentally friendly methodologies, microwave irradiation and solvent-free conditions.


During my PhD I could work for 13 months at the Eindhoven University of Technology where I completed my knowledge about supramolecular systems and hydrogen-bonding interactions particularly. I worked in the group of Prof. E. W. (Bert) Meijer and Dr. Albert Schenning and my projects were focused on the study of DNA-templated self-assembly of dyes and p-conjugated systems. I also had the chance of working on the fabrication of hybrid photovoltaic devices, designing new organic conjugated liquid crystals able to assemble into well-defined structures where an inorganic compound could be accommodated creating a highly organized network with the perfect morphology to conduct charges.

In 2010 I started my postdoc at the Chemistry Department of Northwestern University in Chicago. I joined the group of Prof. Samuel I. Stupp to study the influence of self-assembly on organic photovoltaic devices. In these projects, we combined electronically active chromophores with moieties containing self-assembly motifs able of providing the correct structural parameters necessary for proper device performance.

Other projects were directed towards the design and synthesis of organic ferroelectric materials using a supramolecular approach to fabricate solution processed devices performing at room temperature.

I recently joined the group of Prof. Luisa De Cola to continue exploring the great field of self-assembly, particularly in the study of self-assembled platinum complexes for cell imaging and mesoporous silica nanoparticles for Si-RNA delivery.