Diego Peña Gil was born in Santiago de Compostela in 1974. He obtained his PhD degree in 2001 from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), under supervision of Dolores Pérez and Enrique Guitián. He was PhD visitor at Harvard University (1999, Eric N. Jacobsen group), LMU Munich (2000, Paul Knochel group) and UAM Madrid (2001, Antonio Echavarren group). During 2002 and 2003 he joined the group of Ben L. Feringa (Nobel Laureate 2016, Groningen University, The Netherlands) as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow working on asymmetric catalysis. He was postdoc visitor at DSM Research, Geleen. In 2004 he moved back to the USC as Ramón y Cajal researcher and in 2007 he received the Young Investigator Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ). Since 2008 he is Associate Professor at USC. In 2015 he obtained the Full Professor Accreditation by the Spanish Government. In 2016 he was awarded with a Salvador de Madariaga mobility grant (CRANN, Trinity College Dublin). In 2018 he was awarded with Medalla Ignacio Ribas from the Organic Chemistry Group of the RSEQ. His main research interests are focused on the development of new synthetic methodologies, the synthesis of large aromatic compounds, nanographenes, and on-surface chemistry.