Francisco Torrens, PhD

Editorial Board Member

University Institute of Molecular Science,
University of Valencia, Spain

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Francisco Torrens is lecturer in physical chemistry at the Universitat de València. After obtaining a PhD in molecular associations in azines and macrocycles from the Universitat de València, Dr. Torrens undertook postdoctoral research with Professor Rivail at the Université de Nancy I. More recently, Dr. Torrens has collaborated on projects with Professors Tomás-Vert, Salgado and Castellano. Major research projects include characterization of the electronic structure of electrically conductive organic materials, theoretical study of new electrically conductive organic materials, protein modelling, electronic correlation, development and applications of high-precision mono and multi‑referential electronic correlation methods, development and application of high-precision quantum methods, methodological developments and applications of quantum methods, molecular modelling and chemistry-computer applications for the description and prediction of molecular properties, development and integration of a computational system for the discovery of active drugs against AIDS, cancer pandemics and other microbial diseases of high social impact, starting an electronic journal of scientific-technological and gender spreading, computational design, chemical obtaining and biological evaluation of new antiprotozoal and anticancer drugs, prediction of the environmental impact of chemical substances using chemobioinformatics tools, discovery of new inhibitors of tyrosinase: computational design, synthesis, characterization and experimental corroboration, search for new antimicrobial agents that inhibit the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall, minimal active domains of proteins of the Bcl‑2 family, development and application of quantum chemistry methods and techniques to studies of drugs, analysis of pores of BAX at nanometric scale and study of the in vivo  antioxidant capacity of phenolic compounds through QSAR/QSPR modelling: crossing of the blood-brain barrier and interactions with cytochromes and drugs. His scientific accomplishments include the first implementation in a computer at the Universitat de València of a program for the elucidation of crystallographic structures and the construction of the first computational-chemistry program adapted to a vector-facility supercomputer in a Spanish university.BSc, Universitat de València, 1984, MSc, 1987, PhD, 1990, PhD talent prize, 1991, PhD grant, 1987‑91, 91 congress organizations, editor-in-chief of Meeting in Science, Technology, Education and Gender, Advanced Science and Technology  and Global Journal of Cancer Therapy, 80 scientific societies (European Food Safety Authority, etc.), 27 research projects, 7 visitor-professor responsible, assistant professor U. V., 1990-95, chargé de recherche C.N.R.S., 1991, lecturer U. V., 1995-present, Head of the Research Group Molecular Modelling, Computer-Aided Drug Design and Development of the Research Unit Theoretical Chemistry of the Institut Universitari de Ciència Molecular, 2 books, 396 articles, 1733 presentations. Advisor of 4 Ph. D. and 1 M. Sc.

Research Interest

Theoretical chemistry, Physical chemistry, Mathematical chemistry, Computational chemistry, Molecular modelling, simulation and design, Computer-aided drug design and development, Molecular graphics and representation of molecular properties.

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