Professor Rafael Luque is a recognized expert in the fields of Organic Chemistry and Synthetic solutions, search for alternative fuels and environmental management. Thus, his research in the field of nanomaterials – in particular, their magnetic properties – allows a more targeted use of drugs to make a focus on the disease, not the entire body. This reduces the stress on the liver, blood system, and shortens the amount of medications needed for successful treatment or prevention. Professor Rafael Luque is an acknowledged global expert – his h-index is h-60.
«I am very pleased to be Head of the laboratory of the RUDN University. Together we will be able to unite the efforts of Russia and Spain in increasing the life expectancy of all mankind – we will have access to the best equipment, successful world practices and the brightest heads of modern organic chemistry», - Professor Luque commented.
The united staff of the scientific laboratory will work on the creation of new substances and increase their effectiveness for use in medicine. One of the goals of the research at RUDN is to find the cure for Alzheimer's disease, which ranks 4th in the world among the causes of death. Professor Luque will oversee the course of work, as well as give lectures and hold seminars for students and postgraduates of RUDN University.
«Professor Luque was interested in our scientific ideas and in the opportunity for a joint study of the properties, production techniques and methods of using new chemical compounds in biomedicine. In particular, we have assembled a world-class team of experts to work on heterocyclic reactions for Green Chemistry», - Viktor Khrustalev said, the Director of the Joint Institute for Chemical Research of the RUDN University.
The Research center for molecular design and synthesis of innovative compounds for medicine was opened at RUDN University on December, 14th in 2017. The team of chemists at the Center is already represented by scientists from Bangladesh, India and Russia. Professor Rafael Luque will represent a Spanish approach towards the research.
RUDN soil scientists have revealed a direct correlation between the rate of soil formation of carbon dioxide, called CO2 emissions, and the content of microbial biomass in it. It is known that CO2 emission from soil is mainly conditioned by respiration of soil microorganisms and plant roots. The more CO2 soil emits, the more microbial biomass it usually contains. It was shown that CO2 emission by chernozem of different ecosystems (or different types of land use) correlates with the content of microbial biomass, and most closely with the rate of its microbial respiration. And the soil with good microbial properties has the “best quality”, is more fertile, provides the highest yield of crops and other plant biomass.
A RUDN chemist has synthesized a catalyst for the production of gamma-valerolactone — an energy-intensive “green” biofuel. The catalyst based on zirconium dioxide and zeolite has shown high efficiency in converting the waste of wood plant materials — methyl levulinate — to gamma-valerolactone.
Biochemists from RUDN University determined which substances in peach leaves provide the antioxidant effect their extract has. They investigated the composition of the powders obtained from leaves of several varieties of peach and found that high polyphenol content correlates with antioxidant properties. The results will help start production of antioxidants from natural sources.