Raul SanMartin is a Reader at the University of the Basque Country. After a short predoctoral stay at Boston College he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 1997. Then, granted a Doctorate Extraordinary Award, he joined Professor Timothy C. Gallagher's group at the University of Bristol as a postdoctoral researcher, working on stereoselective O- and C-glycosylations, and was appointed Reader in Organic Chemistry in 2000. His interests deal mainly with the development of catalytic systems applying sustainability criteria. To be precise, he works actively as a group leader (NEWSYNMETH research group) on the synthesis of compounds of industrial interest using new catalyst systems in sustainable media. New applications for metal complexes featuring improved catalytic profiles are constantly sought so that the access to chemical entities (biologically active compounds, natural products, new materials) is simplified, the presence of metal traces in final products minimized and sustainable reaction media are used. As part of the so-called chemical recycling and circular economy, catalytic degradation of industrial waste materials is also under research in his laboratories. His teaching activities include lectures to undergrad. students and a master course on Structure Determination.