UNAB’s Dr. Ramiro Arratia Publishes his 100th Paper

Dr. Ramiro Arratia, a professor and researcher in the School of Sciences and director of the doctoral degree program in Molecular Chemistry and Physics, celebrated his 16th anniversary at Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB). Along with reaching this important milestone, he is also celebrating his 100th published paper while working for the university.

The paper, “Aromatic Lateral Substituents Influence the Excitation Energies of Hexaaza Lanthanide Macrocyclic Complexes: A Wave Function Theory and Density Functional Study,” was published on September 1, 2015, by the renowned Journal of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.

The paper is an extension of Dr. Arratia’s work on the design of nano-sensors that can facilitate the detection and treatment of various types of cancer and other common pathologies. “Applying molecular engineering concepts in computer simulations, our work is seeking to design new molecules, clusters and nano-structures that could create bio-sensors for medicine, agro-sciences, textiles and LED technologies,” said Dr. Arratia.

Dr. Ramiro Arratia is also the director of the Millennium Nucleus of Molecular Engineering for Catalysis, Bio-Sensors and Supra-Molecular Chemistry, which is hosted at UNAB, and highlighted that during his 16 years at the university, he had many great opportunities as a professor and as a researcher.

“The first paper I published came out in 1999, a few months after I joined the university. The paper came out just at the beginning of the university. We helped to create the School of Ecology and Natural Resources and then the department of chemical sciences,” he added. He further highlighted that the research the university undertakes tends to be multi-disciplinary, giving ample opportunity to professors, researchers and students from throughout the university to participate in these initiatives. He highlighted that many of the students in UNAB’s doctoral program in molecular chemistry and physics are co-authors in the majority of his papers.

“The work we have accomplished at Universidad Andrés Bello has been very enriching. In just a short period of time we have earned great recognitions for the university. Today we are a leader in scientific research, which gives us great pride,”

said Dr. Ramiro Arratia.