David Díaz Díaz received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of La Laguna under the supervision of Prof. Víctor Martín (Spain) (main topics: natural product synthesis and synthetic methodologies using transition metal complexes). In 2002, he joined Prof. Finn’s group as postdoc at The Scripps Research Institute (CA, USA) (main topics: amidine chemistry, polymer synthesis and soft materials).

Since 2006, he has held various positions in academia and industry (‘Ramón y Cajal’ Researchers, UAM, Spain, 2006; Sr. Chemist, Dow Chemical, Switzerland, 2007; Tenured Scientist, CSIC, Spain, 2009; Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Researcher, University of Regensburg, Germany, 2010).

In 2013, he was awarded with the DFG Heisenberg Professorship and appointed as Associate Professor at the University of Regensburg. He has received the Young Investigator Award from the Polymer Network Group (Japan) and is the Editor-in-Chief of Gels. In 2017, he received an Honorary Adjunct Professorship from Jiangsu University (China) and the accreditation as Associate Professor by the ANECA agency from the Spanish Ministry of Education. His main research interest focused on the development of functional soft materials.