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Complutense University of Madrid

Complutense University is rich in history and was formally established in 1499. The Universidad Complutense is the largest university in Spain having, at the end of 2003, more than 98,000 students, with nearly 9,500 workers, of which nearly 6000 are involved in teaching duties The university offers a wide variety of degrees and courses, ranging from Humanities and Arts to the Sciences. More importantly, the University receives a large number of international students and sends a similar number to Europe. The Complutense University of Madrid has a wide network of international connections, including Harvard and the University of California Center at Complutense, and international chairs together with a very intensive participation in European Programs.

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Research: Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Solid State Chemistry Crystal Structure and Reactivity of Solids Inorganic Materials Coordination and Organometallic ChemistryX-Ray Diffraction Techniques UV-Visible, IR spectrometry Other Physical-Chemistry Techniques
  • Cyclic Voltametry Ecochimie Mod-Autolab
  • Magneto-Susceptometer D.S.M.8, SQUID
  • Electric Conductivity: Van der Pauw and Seebeck Techniques. Complex         
  • Impendance Espectroscopy and Polarization
  • TGA, DTA and DSC Perkin Elmer Equipment Textural Characterization Techniques
  • Microscope OLYMPUS BX-50 with Linkam hot-stage Synthesis of Inorganic Solids
  • Crystal Growth Furnaces
  • Hight Temperature Furnaces (T 1500ºC)
  • Gas Controlled Furnaces
  • Low Temperature Furnaces Synthesis of Coordination and Organometallic Compounds
  • Vacuum Lines, Systems for Inert Atmosphere Work,
  • Electrochemical Synthesis at Constant Intensity or Voltage

Research: Department of Organic Chemistry

  • Photochemistry and photonics
  • Fiber-optic chemical sensing and biosensing
  • Electrochemical (bio)sensors
  • Molecular engineering of optical indicator dyes
  • Photoinduced electron transfer processes
  • Molecular materials for non-linear optics
  • Chemistry of fullerenes, nanowires
  • Advanced polymer materials
  • Supramolecular edifices
  • Host-guest interactions
  • Artificial photonucleases and molecular probes of DNA

This research is not only disseminated in prestigious scientific publications, but an important part of it has been already transferred to both national and international industries such as Agilent Technologies, Interlab Electronics and Control Engineering, Physical Optica Corp., and so on. For instance, a multiparametric fiber-optic chemical sensor system (Optosen ®) is already in the market for in situ environmental monitoring and process control. Therefore, the Erasmus-Mundus students will be participating in a high-quality research environment with strong industrial links that will foster also their training in applied science.


  • Electric and Magnetic Molecular Materials
  • X-Ray Diffraction and Solution of Crystal Structures Molecular Materials towards Liquid
  • Crystal or Non-Linear Optical Properties
  • Advanced Polymers: Preparation, Characterization and Applications
  • Chemical Sensors and Biosensors
  • Organic Molecular Materials
  • Applications of Organic Photochemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry
  • Electron Microscopy and Associated Techniques Nanomaterials
  • Biomaterials


    Erasmus Mundus contacts:
    Prof. Mercedes CANO,

    General contact and address:
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    Ciudad Universitaria - 28040 Madrid - Spain
    Tel. +34 914520400
    e-mail :

    International Office:
    Pabellón de Gobierno - C/ Isaac Peral,
    s/n - 28040 Madrid - Spain
    Tel: 91- / 21 - Fax: 91-