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Guillermo Orts-Gil

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Guillermo Orts-Gil
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🏫 EducationChemistry, Science Communication
🎓 Alma materTechnical University Berlin
💼 Occupation
Science Communicator
👔 EmployerMax Planck Society, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
Notable workHuffington Post, Scientific American, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, 'El científico sin fórmulas'.
TelevisionEl cazador de cerebros
🏅 AwardsAECC-Gutenberg Prize 2018.
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
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Guillermo Orts-Gil (Barcelona, ​​1978) is a scientist, writer and science communicator.[1].


Son of a chemist and a laboratory assistant, Guillermo Orts-Gil was born and raised in Barcelona, ​​the city where he graduated in chemistry in 2004. That same year he moved to Berlin, where he received a PhD in physical chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin in 2008. Later on, he obtained training in science communication at the Technical University of Berlin and at University of Vic - Central University of Catalonia. Resident in Berlin for almost 15 years, he was a researcher and project coordinator at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Germany and group leader at the Max Planck Society. The focus of his research was the study of Nanotechnology applied to Nanomedicine.

In 2014 he became Director of Communications at the Society of Spanish Scientists in Germany (CERFA). In 2015, he was apointed the first International Scientific Coordinator of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) at the Spanish Embassy in Germany. Since 2019 he works as Director of Communications at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia[2].

As popular science writer, Guillermo Orts-Gil has collaborated with several media such as The Huffington Post, Scientific American (Spanish Editions) and also with the TV series El cazador de cerebros (The Brain Hunter)[3].


As a scientist, he has contributed to several experimental systems based on Nanotechnology, such as Fullerenes against Stroke[4], as well as nanoscopic additives for industrial applications. However, most of his research work was focused on Nanotoxicology and the study of physical-chemical processes related to the interaction between nanoparticles and biological entities[5]. In total, he has published more than twenty peer review articles, accumulating hundreds of citations in the scientific literature [6]

Among his science communication projects, the scientist without formulas[7]. stands out, mentioned in large media such as the newspaper La Vanguardia[8] and Radio Cadena Ser[9], popularizing through stories several fields such as nanotechnology, robotics, neuroscience or quantum mechanics. He has also published articles on innovation, education, creativity, culture, intelligence, happiness or Women in science. Among the personalities interviewed by Guillermo Orts-Gil we find the astronaut Pedro Duque, the founder of ResearchGate, the paleontropologist Eudald Carbonell, the planet hunter Sara Seager or the famous medical doctor, and critic of pseudoscience, Edzard Ernst.

In 2018 he was the promoter of the first global hashtag for the communication of science in Spanish in social networks[10]. The same year he received the AECC-Gutenberg Prize awarded by the Spanish Association of Scientific Communication for the best contribution at the Pompeu Fabra University School of Management.


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  1. "Guillermo Orts-Gil | Author". CCCB LAB.
  2. "Guillermo Orts-Gil". Linkedin.
  3. "El cazador de cerebros (The Brain Hunter)". RTVE Spanish TV.
  4. "Sweet nanoparticles target stroke". SINC.
  5. "Multi-parametric reference nanomaterials for toxicology: state of the art, future challenges and potential candidates". Royal Society of Chemistry.
  6. "Guillermo Orts-Gil Citations". Google Scholar.
  7. "El científico sin fórmulas scholar". El Huffington Post.
  8. "Divulgar la ciencia en forma de cuento es posible". La Vanguardia.
  9. "Saber aburrirnos nos hace mejores". Cadena SER Radio.
  10. "#ComunicaCiencia: una herramienta de todos para comunicar en redes". Scientific American (Spanish Edition)).