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José M. Rivera obtained his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras in 1995 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2000 working under the guidance of Julius Rebek, Jr. After a postdoctoral experience in the group of Jeffery Kelly at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, he moved back to the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras in 2002 where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests are focused on supramolecular science, in particular, on the use guanine derivatives to elucidate fundamental self-assembly phenomena and to develop multifunctional nanostructures for biomedical applications.
Our research interests are focused on supramolecular chemistry and how it can be used to improve our quality of life. Supramolecular chemistry has been broadly defined as the “chemistry beyond the molecule” and it deals primarily with the construction and study of architectures made by multiple molecules held together by non-covalent (or reversible covalent) interactions. Our particular long-term goal is to develop a variety of complex self-assembled multi-functional nanostructures to be used in biomedical applications. Our basic strategy relies on the use of guanine-based recognition motifs that are relatively easy to make and offer robust and reliable self-recognition properties in a wide variety of environments (i.e. aqueous media and organic).
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