Fields of interest:
Biocatalysis; green chemistry; click chemistry; organic synthesis
David Gonzalez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1965. In his country he attended Universidad de la República where he achieved his Master´s degree in 1994. He pursued graduate studies in the USA, where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Tomas Hudlicky. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1999 in the complementary fields of organic chemistry and biocatalysis.
Dr. Gonzalez returned to Uruguay in 1999 and joined the Faculty of Universidad de la República. Currently he is an Associate Professor at Facultad de Química. He has continued working in the boundary between biocatalysis and organic chemistry focusing in the development of small libraries of sugar-like compounds (inositols, conduritols, etc.) by means of enzymatic oxidation, hydrolysis and reduction reactions. He has also worked in the application of plants and endophytic microorganisms to achieve enantioselective reductions of organic compounds. These topics are relevant to Green Chemistry and David Gonzalez has become involved in the field particularly in developing Green Chemistry alternatives amenable for developing and emerging countries. Dr. Gonzalez has co-authored several papers in the biocatalysis area and has become an active member of the Latin American scientists network in the field.
In 2008, David Gonzalez was elected Coordinator for PEDECIBA-QUIMICA, a non-profit foundation for the development of Basic Science in Uruguay. As Chemistry Coordinator he has attended the General Assembly Meeting of IUPAC in 2009 in Glasgow where he participated as an observer in the Green Chemistry Subcommittee. In 2013 he was appointed at the Scientific Advisory Board of OPCW for his expertise in Green Chemistry and the boundary between chemistry and biology.
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