He is Director of the Institute of Advanced Research in Chemical Sciences (IAdChem) and Professor of Organic Chemistry of the Autonoma University of Madrid and Associate Senior Scientist of the IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute. Doctor in Chemistry by UAM (1978), he did postdoctoral stays at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Munich (1978-1980), and at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, CSIC, Madrid, (1980-1981). He worked in Abelló, S.A./ Merck, Sharp and Dohme (1981-1985) in Madrid. In 1985 he got a position as Associate Professor (UAM), and in 2000 he was promoted to Full Professor.
He has being working in organic chemistry in areas from pharmaceutical chemistry to the development of new materials and in areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology. He lead a group of 30 researchers. Torres (Orcid ID: 0000-0001-9335-6935) has published more than 480 articles and reviews, 43 patents, and supervised 47 theses. He has given 300 lectures, and has participated as a principal investigator in more than 50 projects. He occupies a place among the five most cited chemist during the last 10 years in Spain, and 15 of his articles appear as Highly Cited Papers. He has a H index (WoS) of 76. Torres belongs to the Editorial board of the Chemical Society Reviews (RSC, United Kingdom, 2015-) and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Chemical Communications (RSC, UK, 2012-) , among other
The nature of its research has allowed to establish links with the national and international industrial environment, through R & D projects with several companies (Kimberly Clark, Glaxo-Wellcome, etc.). He has also acted as a counselor and expert with pharmaceutic companies such as Beecham, Glaxo-Wellcome, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Bayer, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis, Daiichi Pharm., Pfizer, etc. He has issued more than 50 reports on intellectual property for these companies. He has been co-founder and partner of the “NanoInnova Technologies” spin-off (2008-).
Visiting Professor of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2001 and 2017, JSP), Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2001), Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (2008), University of Tokyo Texas in El Paso, USA (2012), the University of Strasbourg, France (2015), the University of Kuwait (2017) and the University of Kyoto (2017). JANSSEN CILAG Award for Organic Chemistry (2005), Research Award and Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry (2013) and the Linstead Career Award in Phthalocyanine Chemistry by the Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines (2016) and Research Award “Miguel Catalán” of the Community of Madrid (2017). Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Chemistry and Technology of the State of Ivanovo (ISUCT) Russia in 2009, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) of the United Kingdom in 2014 and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Miguel Hernández University of Elche in 2016. Representative of Spain in the Management Committee of the COST 518 Action of the European Union (1997-2001). Director of the Organic Chemistry Department of the UAM (2000-2010) and founder and coordinator of the Master in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the UAM (2007-present).