Department of Organic Chemistry
University of Santiago de Chile, Metropolitana, Chile
Iriux Almodovar studied chemistry at the University of Havana (Cuba) and received her Diploma in Chemistry in 1996. In 2005 she worked with Professor Kilian Muniz at the University of Bonn (Germany) in catalytic aminohydroxylation of alkenes. In 2006 she obtained her Doctorate in Chemistry under the supervision of Ramiro Araya Maturana, at the University of Chile, in the field of Diels-Alder reactions. Both short stay research in Germany, as the 4-year PhD were supported by a DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service). She spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher with B. K. Cassels at the University of Chile, in the synthesis of tetrahydroisoquinolines using unconventional methods like microwave heating. Until now she has been working at the University of Santiago de Chile as a Professor of Organic Chemistry. Her research interest is focused on the development of sustainable protocols for organic synthesis of compounds with potential pharmacological properties.
Research interest is focused on the development of sustainable protocols for organic synthesis of compounds with potential pharmacological properties. These protocols include using of microwave heating, ultrasound energy, and nanocatalysts. Mass spectrometry is a powerful tool to study and characterize the compounds we obtain. I had been working on high resolution mass spectrometer for two years, doing different kind of analysis. I also teach mass spectrometry to Chemistry students.