Jesus Calvo-Castro

Favourite Thing: I really enjoy studying experimentally and theoretically (using computer simulations) how small changes in molecules can significantly affect their properties



University of Extremadura (Spain) 2005-2010; University of the West of Scotland 2010-2015


PhD, BSc(Hons)

Work History:

University of the West of Scotland

Current Job:

Associate Lecturer


University of the West of Scotland

Me and my work

I study the properties of compounds that can detect explosives and other chemicals

Boring version of my sentence above – I am specially interested in studying the structure-property relationships in organic conjugated compounds. In particular I investigate the role of small systematic structural changes in common core structures on their photophysical, photochemical, electrochemical and charge transfer properties, both in solution and solid phase. The ultimate end of my research is the development of sensitive thin film sensing devices that can be used in the detection of nitromaromatic compounds and reactive oxygen species such as peroxides among other analytes. I am also dedicated to the theoretical study of the intermolecular interactions in crystal derived structures of organic conjugated compounds to understand crystallisation processes.

My Typical Day

A typical day would include the design and preparation of experiments, the data analysis of completed ones as well as delivering lectures and supervising laboratory sessions

I would like to show school pupils the daily life of a scientist

What I'd do with the money

I would record my days at work to try and increase student engagement into Chemistry and Science

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

curious, dedicated and sports enthusiast

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Bowling for Soup

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Any trip with my football team years ago or taking a bath in the Loch Ness in December!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Chemist or a materials engineer

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry and Maths

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Publish my research in scientific journal, attend conferences and deliver workshops to school pupils

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My Dad (also a doctor in chemistry)

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Something related to sports

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Become a professional sportsman or be able to fly!

Tell us a joke.

What do you call a clown who is in jail? A silicon

Other stuff

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