Dr David Cantillo

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53932


David Cantillo studied chemistry at the University of Extremadura, Spain. In 2011, he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Jose Luis Jimenez at the same university. His PhD work focused on the experimental and theoretical study of 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions of mesoionic compounds. Then, he moved to the University of Graz as a postdoctoral researcher within the group of Prof. C. Oliver Kappe, where he gained experience in flow chemistry. In 2018, he started his independent academic career at the University of Graz as an Assistant Professor and became an Area Leader at the Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH. David has joined the University of Queensland in 2023.

His research group focuses on synthetic organic electrochemistry. In particular, the group explores the use of electrical current to develop novel synthetic methodologies and more sustainable routes for the synthesis of medicines, as well as process scale up using continuous flow technology.

Research Impacts

David has published over 80 papers in scientific journals that have been cited over 4000 times (H-Index=30). His research has been recognized with several awards, including the 2020 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award and the Inventor Award from UniGraz. David is member of the scientific advisory boards of Axplora and Chimica Oggi.


  • Doctoral (Research) of Organic Chemistry, Universidad de Extremadura
  • Licentiate of Chemistry, Universidad de Extremadura


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