I am a lecturer in Chemistry at the Chemistry Department of Swansea University. My research integrates density functional theory (DFT) calculations, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, coarse grain (CG) models and machine learning (ML) algorithms, to design functional materials with tailored nanostructure. Some systems of interest are biomass (lignin, nanocellulose, nanochitin), biomaterials (proteins, peptides) and nanomaterials (graphene, nanoparticles). For more information visit our website: http://franresearch.xyz
Prior to joining Swansea University in 2019, I was Research Scientist and Teaching Fellow at MIT (USA). Before MIT, I was a postdoctoral associate at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and visiting scholar at the University of Hamburg (Germany). I got my B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering and my PhD in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from the University of Granada (Spain). I am also co-instructor at Station1 (USA), an educational non-profit that fosters social-driven innovation, and research associate at MIT. I am a member of the advisory board of Sweetwater Energy, an integrated biorefinery, and former president of the Association of Spanish Scientists in the US (ECUSA).