• Biomolecules
  • Molecular recognition
  • Astrochemistry
  • Theoretical Benchmark
  • Analytical Tool
The study of molecules of biological interest provides a better understanding of the function of those molecules in the different processes that occur in the metabolism of the living organisms.
We determine the structure of biomolecules in an environment without interactions like the ones that crystalline matrix or the solvent would cause.

Molecular recognition:
The study of intermolecular complexes is a large and interesting field. Due to the interactions that take part in those complexes, the biomolecules adopt different structures and conformations, which are essential for their biological function.
The knowledge of those interactions is actually very poor, thus, the study of them is particularly important in the field of chemistry.

The chemistry of the interstellar medium is uncertain, thus, our lab work is contributing to the detection of different molecules in the space with the aim to improve this research field. The interstellar clouds are formed mostly by hydrogen but the presence of molecules such as halogenated compounds, hydrocarbons, and alcohols can be detected.
The interstellar clouds are important because from them, new stars are formed and consequently, new planets. For this reasons, the rotational spectra obtained in our laboratory, is necessary if we want to improve our chemical knowledge of the universe.

Theoretical Benchmark:
Quantum chemistry calculations are widely used in the field spectroscopy to guide the experimental research due to the accuracy they provide. However, there are sometimes some discrepancies between the theoretical and experimental data obtained. High resolution microwave spectroscopy is a very suitable technique that can be used to benchmark the computational methods.

Analytical Tool:
The understanding and determination of the conformational preferences and intrinsic properties of molecules is crucial to the development of new materials.

Our goals:

      • To determine the intrinsic structure of different kind of molecules by microwave spectroscopy.
      •  To characterize the intramolecular and intermolecular interactions that take place in those molecules and in the complexes formed between them.
      • To empirically verify the validity of computational methods using the available structural data as a benchmark for theoretical studies.
      • To reach the limits of rotational spectroscopy by studying the largest molecules possible using the most advanced techniques at the moment.