Rafael T. M. de Rosales
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Biographical details

Rafael T. M. de Rosales (Granada, Spain) obtained his BSc in Chemistry from the Universidad de Granada in 2001. He then moved to Scotland to carry out PhD studies in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. During this time, he synthesised and developed small metal complexes as synthetic models of nucleases (the enzymes that cleave DNA and RNA). In 2004 he moved to the University of Naples (Italy) thanks to a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship and developed one of the first biomimetic synthetic metallopeptides capable of catalysing oxidation reactions in collaboration with Prof. A. Lombardi and Prof. V. Pavone. He then returned to the UK and joined the groups of Dr. G. Britovsek and Prof. V. C. Gibson FRS at Imperial College London where he explored novel bio-inspired transition metal complexes as oxidation catalysts. In 2007, he moved to the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences at King’s College London, where he has developed several radiometal probes for PET and SPECT imaging as well as novel methods to radiolabel and image nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems and cell therapies.

Research interests

  • Design and synthesis of radiometal-based imaging agents.
  • Tracking nanomedicines and therapeutic cells using PET imaging.
  • Total-body PET and multimodal imaging (PET-MRI)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Science, University of Granada

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001


  • QD Chemistry
  • imaging
  • Nanomedicine
  • PET
  • MRI
  • R Medicine (General)
  • Imaging
  • diagnosis
  • theranostics


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