Catalysis and Materials

Our group focuses on the development of new catalysts and catalyzed reactions within the areas of asymmetric organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis, and carbocatalysis using sustainable methodologies. Since 2000, we have concentrated on palladium catalyzed carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions as well as enantioselective organocatalysis. We have a profound interest in developing new palladium catalysts to work with nonreactive substrates using very low catalyst loadings and, if possible, water or Deep Eutectic mixtures (DES) as solvent. On the other hand, the design of new and highly enantioselective chiral organocatalysts as well as the study of their mechanism by which they activate the substrates is also an important research topic in the group. We have also very iniciated a new research line based on the used of graphene derivatives as carbocatalysts and supports in different organic transformations. Finally, we have just started a new and very interesting project related to the synthesis of new organic molecules for the development of new treatments for chemoresistant tumors of misdiagnosis.




News


18-05-29

Our group has just started a new collaboration with Prof. Miguel Saceda Sánchez (
Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of Valencia Region, FISABIO) to develop new treatments for chemoresistant tumors of misdiagnosis. CROWDFUNDING is open to support this project!!



19-02-12 Welcome to RUBÉN LÓPEZ AMORÓS who will do his end-of-degree project in our group working on the synthesis of
new molecules for the treatment of chemoresistant tumors.

19-01-28 Dr. MATTTEO TIECCO is leaving our group. Thanks for the nice collaboration Matteo!




18-10-30 Welcome to Dr. MATTTEO TIECCO from Università degli Studi di Perugia, who will spend a three-months research stay in
our group working on chiral DES.

18-09-10 Congratulations to NOELIA MARTÍNEZ for her dazzling defence of the end-of-degree project.
18-02-15 Welcome to NOELIA MARTÍNEZ who will do her end-of-degree project in our group working on Deep Eutectic Solvents.
18-02-01 Welcome to NÚRIA FARRÓ who will do her Master's Thesis in our group working on Graphene-derived materials.

17-10-06
Congratulations to Dr. MELANIA GÓMEZ-MARTÍNEZ for his PhD Dissertation and Defense "Graphene-based materials in metal-, carbo-, and organocatalysis" in the Organic Synthesis Doctoral Program of Alicante University.

17-10-01 Welcome to PEGAH KHAZAELI from Glasgow University who will spend a nin-months Erasmus research periode in our group.



17-09-20 Special Issue of Molecules "Palladium Catalysts 2018". Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30th Juny 2018. Editors: Dr. Isidro M. Pastor (Alicante University) and Dr. Diego A. Alonso (Alicante University).

17-09-18 Congratulations to Professor S. R. Harutyunyan and Professor Ben L. Feringa for the amazing "Feringa Academic Alumni Symposium, Chemistry of the Future" recently celebrated in Groningen.

17-07-04 Education New Zealand: Dream NEW grants

16-02-11
Welcome back to Dr. MOHAMED MEDJAHDI who will spend a short research periode in our group.

16-01-01
Special Issue of Molecules "Palladium Catalysts 2016". Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10th July 2016. Editors: Dr. Isidro M. Pastor (Alicante University) and Dr. Diego A. Alonso (Alicante University).
15-12-14
Congratulations to Dr. GABRIEL ESTAÑ CEREZO for his PhD Dissertation and Defense "Physicochemical characterization of different ethyl cyanoacrylate based adhesives" in the Organic Synthesis Doctoral Program of Alicante University.

15-07-21 Dr. Khoshnood is leaving our group. We wish you good luck in your new adventure Abbas!

15-05-19
Special Issue of Molecules "Phase-Transfer catalysis". Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15th January 2016. Editors: Dr. Isidro M. Pastor (Alicante University) and Dr. Diego A. Alonso (Alicante University).

14-12-01 Congratulations to Dr. FRANCISCO CÍVICOS for his Award to the best PhD Thesis ("MICROWAVE-ASSISTED OXIME PALLADACYCLE-CATALYZED CROSS-COUPLING REACTIONS OF ARYL CHLORIDES AND ARYL IMIDAZOLYLSULFONATES" in the Organic Synthesis Doctoral Program of Alicante University.

14-07-25 Congratulations to Dr. EDUARDO BUXADERAS for his PhD Dissertation and Defense "ALKYNE CROSS-COUPLING REACTIONS CATALYZED BY OXIME PALLADACYCLES"

ALICANTE UNIVERSITY 2014

14-07-11 Congratulations to MELANIA GÓMEZ MARTÍNEZ for her MSc dissertation and Defense

ALICANTE UNIVERSITY 2014


Asymmetric Organocatalysis Meeting and Training School (COST ORCA Action CM0905)

The 5th ORCAMeeting and 1st Training School, will be held October 17-19, 2013, at Alicante University in Alicante, Spain. We are glad to bring the 5th ORCA meeting to Alicante which will attractparticipants from all over Europe to discuss on the latest advancements about asymmetric organocatalysis. Some key topics will include the design and applications of new organocatalysts; mechanistic studies; development of new organocatalyzed reactions; and other interesting topics related with industrial applications, and other interdisciplinary aspects. The intention is to emphasize on the multidisciplinary character of the asymmetric organocatalysis and, accordingly, to put together academics, industrials and students from different branches of the field.