Conferenciantes / Speakers Plenary Lectures

Prof. Varinder K. Aggarwal

Professor in Synthetic Chemistry, Bristol University


Prof. Aggarwal’s research interests lie in the field of organic chemistry, focusing especially on stereoselective synthesis, mechanistic studies and total synthesis of natural and non-natural products. The aim of his research is to design and develop new synthetic tools, allowing ultimately for the efficient and rapid synthesis of complex targets and biologically relevant compounds.


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Prof. John F. Hartwig

Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley


Prof. Hartwig's research focuses on the discovery and understanding of new reactions catalyzed by transition metal complexes. Among others, he has developed a selective catalytic functionalization of alkanes, a method for formation of arylamines and aryl ethers from aryl halides or sulfonates, a method for the direct conversion of carbonyl compounds to alpha-aryl carbonyl derivatives, a system for the catalytic addition of amines to vinylarenes and dienes, and highly selective catalysts for the regio and enantioselective amination of allylic carbonates.


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Prof. David A. Leigh

Sir Samuel Hall Professor of Chemistry at The University of Manchester


Prof. Leigh’s research interests are broadly based on new approaches to functional molecule synthesis and the influence of non-covalent interactions on structure and function from biology to materials science. Over the last decade he has developed some of the first examples—all be they primitive by biological standards—of functional synthetic molecular level machines and motors.


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Prof. Kilian Muñiz

Senior Group Leader at Institute for Chemical Research of Catalonia


Prof. Muñiz’s  laboratory is currently interested in the development of new methodologies for oxidative amination of hydrocarbons. To this end, he has devised seminal reactivity using palladium high oxidation state catalysis as well as molecular iodine(III) reagents. In particular, he is particularly interested in facilitating protocols for the direct diamination of alkenes.


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Prof. Richmond Sarpong

Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley


The development of new strategies and methods to address complex molecule synthesis are central to Prof. Sarpong’s interests. Approaches to natural products inspire him to invent new strategies and also discover unexpected reactivity.


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Prof. Peter H. Seeberger

Director of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces


Prof. Seeberger’s research program is focused on elucidating the role of complex oligosaccharides involved in a host of biological processes of medical relevance by employing molecular tools created by synthetic chemistry. His group works on the chemistry and biology of carbohydrates, continuous flow chemistry and automation of chemistry, carbohydrate vaccine development and a broad range of topics from engineering to immunology.


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Keynote Lectures

Prof. Gregorio Asensio

Professor of Organic Chemistry, Universidad de Valencia


Prof. Asensio’s research involves several topics ranging from the selective oxidation of organic substrates to the metal-catalyzed functionalization of multiple C-C bonds or C-H bonds. His group is also recognized by the development of synthetic reactions carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide as the reaction medium.

Prof. Fernando P. Cossío

Professor of Organic Chemistry, Universidad del País Vasco


Prof. Cossio’s research activities are focused to the study of reaction mechanisms, including those involving the development of stereoselectivity. A second area of interest concentrates in the design and synthesis of bioactive molecules that could be employed in cancer treatment.


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Prof. José Luis Mascareñas

Professor of Organic Chemistry, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela


Prof. Mascareñas’ research interests are directed to two separate programs. On one side, the development of metal-based catalysts for organic synthesis purposes and, on the other, a bio-organic research program oriented toward novel peptides with potential use as DNA or protein linkers.


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Invited Lectures The 2016 GEQOR Awardees and the 2016 Lilly Lecture Awardee will also deliver Invited Lectures (to be announced).

Dr. Juan M. Cuerva, Universidad de Granada


The research interest of Cuerva’s group is focussed in the use of organometallic compounds toward organic synthesis, total synthesis of natural products and the development of molecular electronic devices.


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Dr. Yolanda Díaz, Universitat Rovira I Virgili


Dr. Díaz has devoted her research to provide new answers to some classical problems in connection with the synthesis of oligosaccharides and glycosides and intend also to provide efficient methods for the synthesis of sphingosines, glycosphingolipids and glycoclusters.


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Dr. Elena Fernández, Universitat Rovira I Virgili


Her group’s research interests are centred on the application of transition metal complexes in selective organic purposes. More particularly, she has initiated a research programme aimed at developing catalytic tandem organic sequences through selective boron addition chemistry. Current interest is also devoted to enantioselective organocatalytic boron addition reactions.


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Dr. David González-Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


His research interests focusses on the development of new, versatile strategies to improve or create novel functions in organic materials by rationally ordering molecules at the nanoscale using the tools of self-assembly.


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Prof. Igor Larrosa, The University of Manchester


The Larrosa group’s research interests are in the areas of decarboxylative and C–H activation. The activation of inert C–H bonds and their transformation into versatile functionalities is an emerging and exciting field in synthetic organic chemistry that represents an important advance towards atom and step economy.


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Dr. Niels-Christian Reichardt, CIC-biomaGUNE


His current research interests are centred around the synthesis of oligosaccharides of biological interest, immunoglycobiology and the development of diagnostic applications based on carbohydrate chemistry.


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Prof. Dr. Franziska Schoenebeck, RWTH Aachen


Prof. Schoenebeck’s group is interested in studying the origins of chemical phenomena. To uncover these, they apply a variety of tools, ranging from experiments & spectroscopy to computational chemistry. A major emphasis of the group's activities lies in the area of catalysis. Based on the fundamental mechanistic insights gained, novel catalysts and applications in organic chemistry are then developed.


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Dr. Anna Company

Universitat de Girona. Conferencia Lilly


Dr. Company’s research interests deal with the use of O2 or its activated forms as oxidants in organic reactions under mild reaction conditions with first-row transition metal complexes as catalysts. Her group is mainly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind these transformations. Following this methodology, she seeks to detect and study highly oxidizing metal-oxygen speciesrelevant in catalysis.


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XXVI REUNIÓN BIENAL de Química Orgánica · Punta Umbría · Huelva · 14-17 Junio 2016

XXVI BIENNIAL MEETING in Organic Chemistry · Punta Umbría · Huelva · 14th - 17th June 2016