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Organometallics and Photochemistry

Functional unt description

In 2022 the unit was constituted by 9 members (three university professors, two researchers, three predoctoral contract and one postdoctoral contract) most of then pertaining to the research team FQM-317 entitled “Coordination/Organometallic Chemistry and Photochemistry ” that is constituted by researchers from U. Almeria, La Laguna and Cádiz and a researcher at the German Aerospace Centre – Plataforma Solar de Almeria (DLR-PSA-CIEMAT). The group has research collaborations with PAI (Andalusian Research Plan) groups and CIESOL groups as well as with other Andalusian universities. The unit has not stopped growing in both projects (regional, national and international) and scientific production (> 220 articles in international journals chemical impact). The initial interest of the team, the synthesis of metal catalysts for photochemical reactions in water, has been extended to other areas such as photo-hydrogen-generation, conversion of small molecules by solar radiation and production of electricity by solar light.

Main research line

  • New water-soluble homo- and hetero-metal-polymers with photocatalytic activity in the synthesis of high-impact molecules and production of electricity.
  • White phosphorus transformation mediated by visible-light irradiation.


Antonio M. Romerosa Nievas

ORCID ID = 0000-0002-6285-9262 Scopus Author ID 6603792206

Antonio Romerosa was born in Granada (Spain) in 1964. He graduated in 1987 (University of Granada) and received his PhD (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) in January 1992. In the same year, he undertook postdoctoral research at the former ISSECC CNR, now ICCOM CNR, (Florence, Italy), before becoming a Lecture Professor (1997) and finally Full Professor (2009) at the University of Almeria (Spain). His research interests range from homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry in water, phosphorus chemistry, photo-inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and natural stones. He has authored of more than 156 international refereed papers, 15 Spanish and international patents and made more than 260 presentations at national and international meetings. He has been responsible for more than 23 national research regional and European projects, was supervisor of 19 PhD and is supervising 3 more. He is responsible of the Junta de Andalucía research team FQM-317.


Christoph Richter

ORCID ID = 0000-0001-8386-1882 Scopus Author 55439554100

PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Cologne in 1993. In 1994 he began to work in the Department DLR (German Aerospace Center) is at the Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA-CIEMAT) in Spain, the largest test center for research and development in solar concentrating technologies at high temperatures. Initially working as a project manager in the area of solar chemistry in development projects photochemical applications of solar energy in water treatment and fine chemical synthesis. Currently working on different aspects of the operation of solar thermal plants, including heat storage, cooling and environmental impact, and is responsible for administration and infrastructure department of DLR in Almeria. Since March 2008, he is the Secretary General of Solar PACES. In 2011 he created the company Solarway SLNE, with a special dedication to the management of SolarPACES and its annual conference. Since June 2022 he left DLR and concentrates fully to SolarPACES as Director of Solarway, apart from participation in research projects.