Fernando Benavente received his M.Sc. in Chemistry and PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1998 and 2003 at the University of Barcelona (UB, Barcelona, Spain).
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Chemistry of the UB, a member of the Nutrition and Food Safety Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (INSA-UB) and one of the leaders of the group of Bioanalysis. He joined this group in 1997, but he has also done doctoral and postdoctoral research at The RW Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute (Raritan, New Jersey, USA), The National University of Rosario (Rosario, Argentina), the University of Leiden (Leiden, The Netherlands), The National University of La Plata (La Plata, Argentina) and the University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada).
His research is focused on the development and application of high performance separation techniques coupled to mass spectrometry to solve complex analytical problems related to biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, food industry and forensic sciences. He is especially interested in the separation, the sensitivity enhancement, the characterization and the reproducibility of the analysis of peptides, proteins, glycoproteins, oligomeric proteins, metabolites, microRNAs and other bioactive compounds in biological samples, biopharmaceuticals and food using LC-MS, CE-MS and related techniques, as well as in the interpretation of the data with chemometrics tools of multivariate data analysis. He is an expert in the development and application of on-line solid phase extraction capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry (on-line SPE-CE-MS).
His contributions include more than 100 international peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and more than 140 presentations at national and international conferences. In 2014 the journal The Analytical Scientist included him in its 'top 40 under 40'.
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