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The 9th Fèlix Serratosa Conference coincides with the opening of a room named after this organic chemist

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The 9th Fèlix Serratosa Conference coincides with the opening of a room named after this organic chemist

On 20th January, the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB, Barcelona Science Park) opened the , located in the Modular Building, in commemoration of this internationally renowned organic chemist. The opening took place during the 9th Fèlix Serratosa Conference, organized by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (, Autonomous University of Barcelona), the Universitat de Barcelona (, University of Barcelona) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (, Spanish Council for Scientific Research). The opening session could also be followed live at .

The 9th Fèlix Serratosa Conference was held on 19th and 20th January in the Faculty of Sciences of the UAB and in the PCB, respectively. On the first day, it l took place in the main lecture hall of the Faculty of Sciences (Building C, Bellaterra Campus) at 17 h, and included a presentation by Luis Castedo, professor at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, on molecular architecture and the development of new synthetic techniques, and by Peter E. Nielsen, professor at the Copenhagen University, on “Peptide nucleic acids. Implication in chemistry, biology, medicine and the origin of life”.

On 20th January, the conference began at 11 h with the opening of the Fèlix Serratosa Hall in the PCB (Modular Building, c/ Josep Samitier, 1-5, Barcelona) by Joan Tugores, rector of the UB and president of the PCB. This act was then followed by conferences by Josep Xicart, professor at the UB, with a talk entitled “Chaos/Chaosbase: informatic system for the design of organic synthesis”; and by Professor Nielsen, who, on this occasion, gave a presentation on “Gene targeting by PNA antisense”.

Fèlix Serratosa (1925-1995), researcher at the CSIC, developed his career in the field of organic synthesis at the CSIC, UAB and UB. He is remembered for his scientific and humanist qualities, which made him a historical figure of international repute in Catalan science. Professor Serratosa introduced a new technique of previous retro-synthetic analysis into the design of organic synthesis, and in Spain he was a pioneer in the application of computer technology to this field.