ICMAB Researcher Clara Viñas joins the organization in celebration of her outstanding achievements as a researcher in the area of Chemistry.
The Academia Europaea is a Pan-European Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Letters established in 1988 with the objective to foster the advancement and propagation of excellence in the areas of humanities, law, economic, social, and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit, and for the advancement of the education of the general public (of all ages) in the aforementioned subjects in Europe.
Now ICMAB Researcher Clara Viñas, from the Inorganic Materials & Catalysis (LMI) Group, has become one of the new members of this Academy in the Chemical Sciences section. The organization is recognizing her “outstanding achievements as a researcher” with this nomination.
Clara Viñas becomes one of the more than 4500 members of the Academia Europaea, sharing this qualification with other leading experts from the fields of physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and law. Their function as members of the Academia is to collectively aim to promote learning, education and research.
Other members of the Academia Europaea are two other ICMAB members: previous ICMAB Director Carles Miravitlles and researcher Enric Canadell, from the Electronic Structure of Materials (LEEM) Group. In total, from 16 Spanish researchers members of the Academia, 3 of them are ICMAB Researchers (approx. 19 %). Moreover, Clara Viñas is the second women of these 16 members.
Clara Viñas graduated in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1975 and in Pharmacy at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1980. She worked as a pre-doctoral student at the Prof. Rudolph’s laboratory at The University of Michigan for a year. Back to Barcelona, she worked in the industry and later moved to Laboratori Municipal de Sabadell where she became the Director, working on food and environmental control. She got her PhD in Pharmacy under the supervision of Prof. Francesc Teixidor at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1990. She joined the staff of the ICMAB-CSIC as tenured scientist in 1991, promoted to research scientist in 2002 and to research professor in 2006.
Her research interests are in the design and synthesis of novel boron compounds, carboranes and metallacarboranes, to be applied in medicine, biosensors, sustainable environment and energy.