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About us

SCRE has been developed at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). Learn more about the project and its authors.

The SCRE team

We are two organic chemists who have experienced the cold sweat that runs down your back when you realize that the one compound you need to submit your thesis or that amazing paper is not fully characterized… and we thought we could do something about it.

Santiago Cañellas Román

Santiago Cañellas Román (SCR)

I grew up in Palma de Mallorca where I was born in 1991. An organic chemist by training, I crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 to join the ICIQ, where I started my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Pericàs. Along the way, I have also had the pleasure to do some chemistry in Prof. Montgomery's (University of Michigan, USA) and Dr. Richardson's labs (Eli Lilly & Co., UK). Aside of Chemistry, I am easy to convince to play any sport that is played with a ball. I also love spending time with Alba and Alex, my girlfriend and my cat, or playing Truc, a Majorcan card game.

Carles Rodríguez Escrich

Carles Rodríguez Escrich (CRE)

I was born in Barcelona in 1980 and, after obtaining a PhD at the University of Barcelona under the supervision of Profs. Vilarrasa and Urpí in 2008, I joined the ICIQ (Tarragona) for my first postdoc in the group of Prof. Pericàs. In 2010 I moved to Aarhus (Denmark) where I spent two years working with Prof. Jørgensen. Since 2012 I have been Group Coordinator of the Pericàs laboratories back at the ICIQ. When I’m not in the lab or figuring out strange things like SCRE, you will probably find me playing volleyball at the Arrabassada beach with my girlfriend Laura and anyone else who might join.

SCRE: the origins

Let’s face it, characterizing compounds is not a task that will make it into your top-5 of fun stuff, but it has to be done anyway. It takes organization, consistency and you have to collect lots of information for each and every one of your compounds. However, more often than not, if you have only one compound with incomplete data you can consider yourself lucky...

Thus, we decided to create a system that centralizes all the information related to the characterization of chemical compounds, but we soon realized that in addition to the advantages of this method (improved organization, fast identification of data remaining to be acquired and easy navigation through the data) this had a major drawback: no journal or university will accept such an Excel file, so in practice you would have to do the work twice. It started with a “what if?” and began escalating from there… until we embarked in the journey to create SCRE: a System for Characterizing and Reporting Easily.

The basic idea was that the same Excel file that simplified the storage of information would allow to generate a report that complies with all the formatting considerations demanded by the main editorials. And with this idea in mind, we have created SCRE, a platform that is available for download free of charge and that requires only a computer running on Windows and with Excel installed. The mechanics of SCRE are very simple, but in case of doubt we have made a couple of videos so users can see how it works. Ah, and a couple of examples are provided as well!

In an attempt to help supervisors as well, SCRE counts the protons and carbons in your NMR description and compare the values with those introduced in the molecular formula, warning you of any possible mismatch. Error messages will also appear when a required piece of information is missing. Our main goal is to help chemists by saving them time while minimizing the amount of inaccurate information in their reports.

Try it now, you will probably wonder how you managed to get by without SCRE so far. And if you don’t like it… well, don’t claim your money back, it was free anyway.

Acknowledgements

We want to thank our enthusiastic beta-testers and their advisors who realized that this might be a small investment to save plenty of time in the future (by alphabetical order): Mr. Andreu Tortajada, Dr. Alex Nett, Prof. Arjan Kleij, Mr. Christian Nielsen, Mr. Fabrizio Politano, Prof. Fèlix Urpí, Dr. Fernando Bravo, Prof. John Montgomery, Mr. Jose Enrique Gómez, Mrs. Marina Pérez Palau, Prof. Pedro Romea and Prof. Ruben Martin. Most special thanks to Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs, who has recognized the value of this initiative and supported us in its pursuit.

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