Since its creation our research group utilized physical organic chemistry (POC) tools for the study of reaction mechanisms and their application to the synthesis of novel structures and supramolecular arrays.
Our first contributions were focused on the kinetic study of nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) reactions, but later we started different research programs oriented to the POC studies on the effect of cyclodextrin (CD) and other macrocycles over different organic reactions. More recently, we began to challenge the design, synthesis and application of nanostructured materials.
The SuNaLab members are students from different countries and researchers with international experience that create a multicultural work environment for learning and development. In addition, all the group members are involved in undergraduate teaching activities at the Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, which is a constant source of enthusiast undergrads that collaborate actively in our research programs. We develop several research projects in collaboration with world-class institutions such as Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) and the Instituto de Ciencia de los Materiales (ICMM), Spain, the Centre for Supramolecular Chemistry Research, University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Rhodes University, South Africa, the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), USA, among others.
One of our priorities, is to frame all our projects within the 12 principles of Green Chemistry, for which during the last 10 years our students have participated uninterruptedly in the Summer School on Green Chemistry organized by the Green Chemistry Institute of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Our multicultural nature and international experience, in addition to the local and international collaborations we have, offer a stimulating atmosphere for highly motivated students wishing to work in challenging research projects, and learn different scientific strategies that our collaborators around the world and our group use to solve high impact targets
Currently, our lab has 8 UNC Professors that are also affiliated to our National Research Council (CONICET), one postdoctoral researcher, and 11 PhD students, working in close proximity on different areas described briefly below: