Department of Analytical Chemistry

University of Valencia



Valencia was founded in the year 138 B.C., when Decimus Junius Brutus was the Roman Consul, to install discharged soldiers, who had been given lands next to the new city. Archaeologists have brought to light evidence.

The Estudi General was founded in 1498 or 1500. (the former University of Valencia).

During the past two decades, Valencia has undergone a face-lifting. Emblematic projects, such as the Turia Gardens, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, the Palace of Music and the Palace of Congresses, the underground, the City of Sciences, have identified the people of Valencia with their city and are attracting more and more visitors to the city. But together with these are also the infrastructures and the services which have made Valencia into a modern city, a city that is facing the future with optimism, conscious of the challenges that lie ahead, but firmly established in a prominent position within Spain and within Europe.

The chemistry studies in the University of Valencia started in the year 1895 in which by the Royal Law (Reial Decret de 2 d'agost) was founded the Sciences Faculty with Physico-Chemistry studies.
This former faculty originated different studies and new faculties; namely, physic, biology, mathematics, environmental, biochemistry, computer, nutrition, engineering, pharmacy, etc. and also different Research Institutes. At present, it is the Sciences Campus in a town near of Valencia (6 km); Campus de Burjassot.

Department of Analytical Chemistry - For details see

About 50 persons distributed as follows: 8 administrative and services persons (PAS); 2 assistants teachers, 3 lecturers (2 asociados and 1 Ramón y Cajal); 6 Professors at full time; 1 Emeritus; 19 readers (Prof. Titular). The rest, up to 50, are research students with scholarship.

Teaching - The department teaches all the analytical chemistry of the university in different faculties or degree studies: Chemistry (Ciencias Quimicas and Ingenieria Química), Pharmacy (Farmacia), Physic (Física), Biochemistry (Bioquímica), Environmental Sciences (Ciencias Ambientales) and Nutrition (Nutrición). In addition, the Department also runs a program of doctorship (36 students) and collaborates in other two.

About research tasks - There are about five-six groups and different research lines. The team I coordinate is devoted to flow methodologies and preferably into pharmaceuticals, pesticides and water samples.

For details see:

Automation in Analytical Chemistry
by Flow Methodologies
Pharmaceutical and environmental fields

Work on progress (proposals)

-Determinación de pesticidas en muestras medioambientales a través de nuevas estrategias en la automatización analítica en flujo continuo mediante válvulas solenoide.

Proyecto MCyT (CICYT), 2003-2005.

-Training module for environmental pollution control
   Leonardo da Vinci (Community Vocational Trainig Action Program, 2003-2004.

-Mantenimiento de la red de control de fitoplancton y nutrientes de las aguas litorales de la Comunidad Valenciana, 2003.

Conselleria de Medi-Ambient


-Automatización (tandem-flow) de análisis de aguas potables y residuales.
Programa Petri. 2003


The field of expertise (research work) related with the tasks to be developed on the Leonardo project is based on two points:

1.- Analytical automation by flow methodologies, specially on Flow Injection Analysis and Multicommutation (a short experience on Sequential Injection Analysis). The most used types of instrumentation (detectors) are in the spectrometric field: UV-vis spectrophotometry, fluorimetry, atomic absorption, flame photometry and chemiluminescence. Experience on electroanalytical detectors is restricted to potentiometry and biamperometry.

2.- Analysis of water samples, drinking, residual, etc. Research articles and several years involved in the program of controlling the levels of nutrients in the coastal waters of the Valencian Autonomous Community. Dealing with analytes as nitrites, nitrates, residual chlorine, phosphates, silicates, ammonia and chlorophylls; so pre-concentration and separation as determination. The control of coastal waters also implies in-situ detection of physico-chemical parameters like solved oxygen, temperature, luminosity, visibility deep of waters, wind, pH, conductivity, saline concentration.