BERROCAL José Augusto
José Augusto Berrocal is a Group Leader in the Polymer Chemistry & Materials group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (University of Fribourg).
José got his B. Sc. and M. Sc. degree in Chemistry at the Sapienza University of Rome. He also received his Ph.D. in Chemistry (2014, cum laude) from the same university, working under the supervision of Prof. Luigi Mandolini and Prof. Stefano Di Stefano. Trained as a physical organic chemist, José dedicated most of his PhD research on the quantification of the efficiency of intramolecular reactions. He then joined the group of Prof. E. W. (“Bert”) Meijer at the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) as a postdoctoral researcher, working on supramolecular chemistry and supramolecular materials deriving from discrete nanophase-separating oligomers (2014-2017). A second postdoc experience (2017-2019) took him to the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), where he worked in the field of light-driven molecular motors and machines in the group of 2016 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Prof. Ben L. Feringa.
Since September 2019, José is a research group leader at AMI. His research work focuses on synthesis, chemistry and self-assembly of small molecules, discrete oligomers and polymers, with a particular focus on chemo- and light-responsive supramolecular materials.