Rafael Chinchilla was born in Alicante and studied chemistry at the University of this city, where he obtained the titles of Bachelor's degree (1985) and PhD (1990). After a postdoctoral stay at the University of Uppsala in Sweden (1991-1992), he returned to the University of Alicante with a contract from the Ministry for the return to Spain of doctors and technologists. Subsequently, he was appointed Associate Professor and he is currently Full Professor. He is co-author of 90 publications and 4 patents, having co-directed 7 doctoral theses. His research interest focuses on organocatalytic asymmetric synthesis, the synthesis of amino acids and peptides and solid-phase supported reagents.