Group Leader

Jose M. Palomo
Jose M. PalomoTenured Scientist (Associate Professor)
Institute of Catalysis (CSIC)
Marie Curie 2 , Campus UAM Cantoblanco, 28049 (Madrid)
Phone: +34-915854768


2003 Doctorate in Science, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

2002 Master in Science, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

1999 Bachelor Degree in Organic Chemistry, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain .

1997 Degree in Chemistry, Universidad de Malaga, Spain

Professional Appointments

CSIC-Tenured Scientist (Associate Professor) Institute of Catalysis CSIC, Sept. 2009 to present.

Ramon y Cajal Research Scientist (Assistant Professor) Institute of Catalysis CSIC, March 2008 to Aug 2009.

Associate Research Scientist Institute of Catalysis CSIC, Jan 2006 to Mar 2008.


Jose M. Palomo was born in Coin, Malaga (1976). He received his bachelor degree in Chemistry in 1999 from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) as a Spanish government fellow. After graduation, he joined Guisan’s group at Institute of Catalysis (ICP, CSIC) in Madrid to complete his doctoral studies. He received his Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in 2003. His Ph.D. thesis developed novel highly efficient immobilized biocatalysts for asymmetric transformations and strategies to understanding the biochemical features of lipases. As an EMBO postdoctoral fellow, Jose pursued training in solid-phase peptide synthesis and semisynthetic protein preparation with Herbert Waldmann at the Chemical Biology Department of Max Planck Institute in Dortmund from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he began his appointment as Associate Research Scientist at Biocatalysis Department in ICP-CSIC. From 2009, he is a Tenured Scientist (Associate Professor) in ICP-CSIC. Head and founder of the group of Chemical Biology and Biocatalysis in ICP-CSIC in 2012.

Jose has published more than 170 articles in high-impact journals (>90% in Q1), with more than 12000 times cited.

H index of 52.
Index i10: 120
Total citations:> 12000. In the 2% of scientists most cited in Biotechnology

Honors and Awards

Member of the scientific Advisor Board of BIT´s inaugural symposium on Enzymes and Biocatalysis (2009)

Most Cited Paper Tetrahedron Award (2008)

“Ramon y Cajal” Research contract award (2008-2009)

Spanish Scientific Research Contract (I3P-CSIC) (2006-2008)

Membership of AAAS, Program Excellence in Science (2005 EMBO young researcher long-term fellowship (2004-2006)

Spanish Science Ministry Post-doctoral fellowship (2003)

Madrid Community PhD fellowship (2001-2003)

Spanish Undergraduate Fellowship (1994-1999)

Editorial Advisory Boards

Editorial Board Member of SN Applied Science (2020-)

Editorial Board Member of Applied Nano (2020-)

Editorial Board Member of Catalysts (2020-)

Editorial Board Member of General Chemistry (2019-)

Editorial Board Member of Nanomaterials (2018-

Guest Editor of Catalysts in the Special issues (2016 and 2018)

Guest Editor of Molecules in the Special issue (2016 and 2018)

Guest Editor of Current organic Chemistry in the Special Issue “Biocatalysis for Organic Chemistry” (2013)

PeerJ Academic Advisory Board (from 2012)

American Journal Organic Chemistry Editorial Advisory Board (from 2011)

Enzyme Research Editorial Advisory Board (from 2009)