ICTP - Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros

Rodrigo Navarro Crespo


Rodrigo Navarro studied Chemistry at the University of Valladolid, where he received his
degree with distinction in 2003. In 2004, he carried out the Master of Science under the
supervisión of Prof. Dr. Alfonso González Ortega on the subject “Synthesis of fused pyrroles
to carbocycles or heterocycles form Weinreb amides” at the Organic Chemistry Department of
the Faculty of Science, University of Valladolid. In the academic year 2006-2007, he completed
a course on High Specialization in Plastics and Rubbers taught by the Institute of Polymer
Science and Technology of thte CSIC, Madrid. From 2005 to 2009, he received his Ph.
D. (Dr. rer. nat.) with distinction from the Computense University of Madrid (Spain) working
at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP-CSIC) under the direction of Dr.
Helmut Reinecke. The topic of his thesis was “New strategies to avoid DOP migration in
PVC formulations”.

After that, Rodrigo worked for two and a half years at the Department of Chemistry and
Physics of Interfaces of the University of Freiburg (Germany), where we specialized in the
immobilization of polymeric layers on solid surfaces and their biological response. He also
participated in two academic courses as a lecturer in the subjects “Surface Analysis” and
“Organic Chemistry Lab”.
Later Rodrigo returned to ICTP with a JAE-doc contract (3 years) where he continued
the research lines developed during his predoctoral training. In January of 2015 Rodrigo
incorporated into the General Institute of Organic Chemistry (IQOG-CSIC) with a Juan de la
Cierva contract. During this two years, his research line was based on the immobilization of
catalytic centers into a porous polymer network.
Rodrigo is co-author of more than 40 scientific papers in SCI journals, 7 European patents (two
of them are licensed), a book chapter, a chapter in the Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and
Technology and a large number of reports for collaborating companies. During the last years,
Rodrigo has supervised 3 master-thesis and 3 final master-degrees.