Research group


The major focus of our research efforts are in the “OMCOS” (organometallic chemistry directed towards organic synthesis) area mainly on gold catalysis, with a focus on the discovery of new catalytic transformations, the understanding of their mechanisms, and the application of these catalytic reactions for the synthesis of biologically active natural products and polyarenes of importance in material science.

Topics addressed

  • New gold-catalyzed reactions for the activation of alkynes
  • Synthesis of biologically active natural products
  • New strategies for the synthesis of polyarenes


Interaction of a conjugated polyaromatic molecule with a single dangling bond quantum dot on a hydrogenated semiconductor. Godlewski, S.; Kolmer, M.; Engelund, M.; Kawai, H.; Zuzak, R.; Garcia-Lekue, A.; Saeys, M.; Echavarren, A. M.; Joachim, C.; Sanchez-Portal, D.; Szymonski, M.
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 3854–3861.

Broad Scope Aminocyclization of Enynes with Cationic JohnPhos-Gold(I) Complex as the Catalyst.
Miller, R.; Carreras, J.; Muratore, M. E.; Gaydou, M.; Camponovo, F.; Echavarren, A. M.
J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 1839–1849.

Gold(I)-Catalyzed Inter- and Intramolecular Additions of Carbonyl Compounds to Allenenes.
Jiménez, T.; Carreras, J.; Echavarren, A. M.
Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 1410–1413.