Julia Pérez Prieto

Professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry/Institute of Molecular Science at the University of Valencia

Julia Pérez-Prieto received her PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oviedo (Spain) under the direction of Prof Barluenga Mur and Prof Gregorio Asensio Aguilar.  She has been a full professor at the University of Valencia since 2007 and the leader of the Photochemical Reactivity Group at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the University of Valencia. She was the President of the European Photochemistry Association from July 2016 to July 2018.

Prof Pérez-Prieto has been the Valencia coordinator of the “Sustainable Chemistry” Master and Doctorate program since 2008 and was the interuniversity coordinator of the “Experimental and Industrial Organic Chemistry” Master and Doctorate program from 2008 to 2012.

Dr Pérez-Prieto has published in prestigious, high impact, peer-reviewed publications in the field of photochemistry, chemical reactivity, catalysis and nanomaterials, in addition to contributing to book chapters in these areas and co-editing the book entitled: Photoactive Inorganic Nanoparticles: Surface Composition and Nanosystem Functionality (2019), book published by Elsevier.

Prof Pérez-Prieto’s research interests are currently focused on the design and synthesis of new photoactive materials for application in sensing, photocatalysis, bioimaging, singlet oxygen generation, emissive devices, among others. She has gained experience in the preparation of functional nanosystems based on semiconducting nanoparticles (organolead halide perovskites), metal (gold nanoparticles and gold nanoclusters), and upconversion nanoparticles. Her current research focuses on the development of tailor-made advanced photoactive nanosystems to address major challenges in sensing, imaging, therapy, and sustainability.

Invited/Keynote/Plenary Speaker in Conferences (last 8 years)


  • A Jigsaw-like Construction of Functional NIR-triggered Nanohybrids. Keynote Lecture. 34th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology  (on-line) 2021. 
  • NIR-triggered Nanohybrids: Construction and Visualization. Keynote Lecture. UPCONline 2021.
  • pH-Sensors based on the Intrinsic Properties of Gold Nanoclusters. Invited Lecture. 4th International Conference on Science & Engineering Materials (on-line) ICSEM-2021.
  • Enhancing the Performance of Lanthanide-doped Upconversion Nanoparticles. Invited Lecture. 6th NANO Boston Conference (on-line), 2020.
  • Upconversion Nanomaterials for Photobiological Applications. Invited Lecture. 2019 ESP-IUPB World Congress. Barcelona (Spain), 2019 *Chairwoman and Organizer of the Symposium PCHEM-4: Upconverting nanoparticles.
  • Sensing Based on the Intrinsic Properties of Photoactive Nanoparticles. Invited Lecture. XXXVII Reunión Bienal RSEQ. San Sebastián (Spain), 2019.
  • Gold Nanomaterials as Colorimetric and Luminescent Sensors. Tipo de participación: Invited  Lecture. EastWest Chemistry Conference. Palermo (Italy), 2019
  • Design of Functional Upconversion Nanomaterials, Invited Lecture, 27th PhotoIUPAC Conference Dublin 2018.
  • Exceptional Optical Features of Lead Halide Perovskites, Invited Lecture, VIth Jornadas Ibéricas de Fotoquímica, Aveiro 2018.
  • Functional Polymer-capped NIR-responsive nanoparticles. Invited Lecture. st Bucharest Polymer Conference, Bucharest 2018.
  • Hybrid 3D Organic–inorganic Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoparticles: Focus on the Synergy with their Capping. Invited Speaker. The 15th Conference on Methods and Applications in Fluorescence, Bruges 2017.
  • Strategies for Assembling Functional Systems with Upconversion Nanoparticles. Keynote Lecture. 3rd International Conference Current Trends of Cancer Theranostics, Pakruojis, 2017.
  • Competitive energy transfer processes in diiodoBodipy-grafted upconversion nanohybrids. Invited Lecture. The European Upconversion Network 2nd General Meeting COST, Aveiro, 2017.
  • NIR-responsive Nanohybrids. Keynote Lecture. International Workshop on Light Activated Nanostructures, Bologna, 2017.
  • Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Perovskites. Keynote Lecture. 4th World Congress and Expo on Nanotechnology and Materials Science, Barcelona, 2017.
  • Functionalized upconversion nanoparticles. Invited Lecture. APC2016 9th Asian Photochemistry Conference, Singapur, 2016.
  • Enhancing the Functionality of the Upconversion Nanoparticles. Invited Lecture. UPCON2016 Wroclaw, 2016.
  • Functional Upconversion Nanoparticles with a Strong Acid – resistant Capping. Invited Speaker: International Biosensor Conference BBMEC11, Regensburg, 2015.
  • Smart Photoactive Nanoparticles: a Question of Size. Plenary Lecture. IVth Jornadas Ibéricas de Fotoquímica 4JIF, Lisboa, 2014.
Member of International Committees
  • XXII IUPAC Symposium on Photochemistry 2008, Gothenburg.
  • 31st Conference of The European Colloid and Interface Society, 2017.
  • “Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences” Ownership Board Member .
  • Management Committee of the COST Action “The European Upconversion Network: From the Design of Photon-upconverting Nanomaterials to (Biomedical) Applications”.
  • Member of the Permanent Steering Committee of the International Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence.
Editorial Roles
  • Associate Editor of Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, official journal of the EPA/ESP Societies, since 2016.
  • Associate Editor of the EPA Newsletter 2010-2016.
Member of the External Committee for the Evaluation of Research Centre
  • Centro de Investigación Química Sostenible (CIQSO). Universidad de Huelva.
Organizer of the International Conference and Training School UPCON18
  • 2-6 April 2018, Valencia, Spain.
Doctoral Thesis

Salah Eddine Stiriba, PhD

1998, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
New Rhodium (II) Catalysts for Selective Carbene Transfer Reactions.

Associate Professor at University of Valencia, Spain

Enrique Font Sanchis, PhD

1999, Excellent Cum Laude, PhD Extraordinary Award

Thesis Title:
Fotoquimica de Compuestos Bicromoforicos: Estudio de Procesos Mono y Bifotonicos en Dihaloalcanos.

Associate Professor at University of Elche, Spain

Agustín Lahoz Rodriguez, PhD

2001, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
Estudios Químicos Modelo sobre el Mecanismo de la Fotoalergia Inducida por el Ácido Tiaprofenico.

Group leader of the “Unidad de Biomarcadores y Medicina de Precisión”, Director Científico de la Unidad de Analítica (Metabolómica) del IIS-La Fe

Mario Barberis, PhD

2002, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
Síntesis de Catalizadores Quirales de Rh(II): Aplicaciones en Transformaciones Enantioselectivas de Diazocompuestos.

Researcher at Centro de Investigación Lilly S.A., Madrid, Spain

Julio Lloret Fillol, PhD

2006, Excellent Cum Laude

Thesis Title:
Síntesis, Aplicaciones Catalíticas y Estudios Teóricos de Compuestos Quirales de Rh(II) con ligandos Aril o Heteroarilfosfina.

Group leader at ICIQ, Tarragona, Spain

Marco Ciclosi, PhD

2007, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
Nuevos Ligandos con Simetría C3: Síntesis de Compuestos metálicos y Estudio de su Reactividad.

Maria González Béjar, PhD

2007, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional, PhD Extraordinary Award

Thesis Title:
Región y Estereodiferenciación en Procesos Fotosensibilizados por Compuestos Aromáticos.

Ramon y Cajal Researcher, University of Valencia, Spain

María del Carmen Morant Miñana, PhD

2007, Excellent Cum Laude

Thesis Title:
Regio- y Estereodiferenciación en Procesos Fotosensibilizados por Compuestos Aromáticos.

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Nanoengineering group at CIC nanoGUNE

Lourdes Pastor Pérez, PhD

2008, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
From Discrete Molecules to Hyperbranched Polymers with Covalently Encapsulated Photocatalytic Functions: Design and Application.

Currently: Projet Manager- Medical &Hygiene at Freudenberg Technology Innovation 

Salvador Pocovi Martinez, PhD

2013, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional

Thesis Title:
Nanopartículas de oro: procesos fotoinducidos y estudios de transferencia de fase.

Lab Technician at AIDIMME, Valencia, Spain

Jordi Aguilera Sigalat, PhD

2013, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional

Thesis Title:
Thesis Title: Functional CdSe and CdSe/ZnS nanoparticles capped with thiols: photophysical and photochemical properties and applications as sensors.

Julie Paulin Vanegas García, PhD

2016, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional

Thesis Title:
Gold nanomaterials decorated with DNA bases: design, synthesis and applications.

Researcher at Tulane University-Advano, Louisiana

Carlos Eduardo Agudelo Morales, PhD

2016, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title:
Diseño de un sistema híbrido nanopartícula semiconductora-pireno y su aplicación como sensor.

Ingeniero Ambiental, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Laura Francés Soriano, PhD

2017, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional, PhD Extraordinary Award

Thesis Title:
Nanopartículas de upconversion: Síntesis y aplicaciones.

Post-Doctoral Researcher,  CNRS / Université de Rouen Normandie (Niko Hildebrandt’s group)

Soranyel González Carrero, PhD

2018, Excellent cum laude, Doctorado Internacional, PhD Extraordinary Award

Thesis Title:
Organic-inorganic lead bromide perovskites nanoparticles: synthesis, stability and photophysical properties.

Post-Doctoral at the Imperial College London (James R. Durrant’s group)

Nestor Luis Estebanez Bloem, PhD

2020, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title: Estrategia para estabilización de nanopartículas de upconversion en medios acuosos y su excitación a 800 nm

Juan Ferrera González, PhD

2022, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title: Nanomateriales basados en lantánidos: caracterización y visualización

Ignacio Rosa Pardo, PhD

2020, Excellent cum laude

Thesis Title: Nanomaterials based on halide perovskites: emissive and photocatalytic properties