Imperial College London

Prof. Ramon Vilar

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry



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Ramón Vilar is Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry and is currently Director of Research in the Department of Chemistry. He is also Director of the Institute of Chemical Biology (

The Vilar group is a multidisciplinary team of students (PhD/MRes/UG) and postdoctoral associates based at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub (Chemistry Deparment). They focus on developing novel tools and technologies to interrogate biological systems and their research spans several areas such as medicinal inorganic chemistry, chemical biology, molecular recognition and molecular imaging. Some of the areas of interest include the role that unusual nucleic acids' structures (e.g. G-quadruplexes and triplexes) define their biological function; the biological role metal ions play in living systems; the development of metal-based systems as potential anticancer and antibacterial drugs. The group also has an interest in the development of molecular tools for the detection and removal of environmentally harmful species (such as arsenic, cyanide and lead) in water. See the full list of Prof Vilar's publications here

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Codina AS, Huerta AT, Heiba HF, et al., 2023, Functionalised polymeric materials for the removal of arsenate from contaminated water, Environmental Science-water Research & Technology, Vol:9, ISSN:2053-1400, Pages:772-780

Vilar Compte R, Evans L, Kotar A, et al., 2023, Identification and characterisation of G-quadruplex DNA-forming sequences in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa genome, Rsc Chemical Biology, Vol:4, ISSN:2633-0679, Pages:94-100

Lo R, Majid A, Fruhwirth GO, et al., 2022, Radiolabelling Pt-based quadruplex DNA binders via click chemistry., Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Vol:76, ISSN:0968-0896, Pages:1-9

Bullen JC, Lapinee C, Miller LA, et al., 2022, Spectroscopic (XAS, FTIR) investigations into arsenic adsorption onto TiO2/Fe2O3 composites: Evaluation of the surface complexes, speciation and precipitation predicted by modelling, Results in Surfaces and Interfaces, Vol:9, ISSN:2666-8459, Pages:100084-100084

Northover G, Mao Y, Blasco S, et al., 2022, Synergistic use of siderophores and weak organic ligands during zinc transport in the rhizosphere controlled by pH and ion strength gradients, Scientific Reports, Vol:12, ISSN:2045-2322

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