J. L. Alonso-Gómez was born in Vigo, Spain in 1977. He obtained a B.S. degree in 2001 from the University of Vigo and a Ph.D. degree in 2006 from the same university under the supervision of M. Cid. After carrying out postdoctoral work with F. Diederich at ETH Zurich, he moved to Columbia University to work the group of N. Berova as an invited scientist until late 2009. Since 2010 he is an Isidro Parga Pondal researcher at the University of Vigo.
His focus is on chirality, aiming at controlling the chiroptical responses of systems as independent entities and as collective ordered architectures to enable the design of functional materials, such as logic gates, sensors and catalysts. In the last year he got familiar with the use of gels with chiral morphologies to serve as scaffold for nanoparticles in collaboration with the L.M. Liz-Marzán group at the same university. Currently he is exploring the self-assembly of chiral cages on surfaces at Technical University of Munich in collaboration with the J. Barth group.