PhD Theses defended

Alvaro Gutiérrez

January 15th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Ruben Martin
Title: ‘Building up molecular complexity via C-H functionalization reactions and skeletal rearrangements’
Committee: Prof. Jose Luis Mascareñas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Dr. Arkaitz Correa (Universidad del País Vasco) and Prof. Michael Greaney (University of Manchester).

Ekaterina Smirnova

January 22nd, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: ‘Polynuclear Gold(I) Catalysis: When One Gold(I) is not Enough’ Committee: Prof. Pedro J. Pérez (Unviersidad de Huelva), Dr. Alexandr Shafir (ICIQ) and Prof. Joost N. Reek (University of Amsterdam).

Albano Galán

January 29th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Pau Ballester
Title: Molecular Containers Based on calix[4]pyrrole Scaffolds’
Committee: Prof. Christopher Hunter (University of Cambridge), Prof. Pere Deyà (Universitat de les Illes Balears) and Prof. Laura Rodríguez (Universitat de Barcelona).

Dina Fakhrnasova

February 10th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Atsushi Urakawa
Title: Rational and Statistical Approaches in Enhancing Yield of Ethylene Carbonate in Urea Transesterification with Ethylene Glycol’
Committee: Prof. Davide Ferri (Paul Scherrer Institute), Prof. Mayra García (Unviersitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Anabela Valente (University of Aveiro).

Joaquín Soriano

March 31st, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Title: ‘High Nuclearity Polyoxometalates as Water Oxidation Catalysts: From Experiments to Theory’
Committee: Prof. Carles Bo (ICIQ), Prof. Anna Proust (Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (IPCM), Université Pierre et Marie Curie) and Prof. James D. Blakemore (University of Kansas).

Mariia Kirilova

May 20th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: ‘Total Syntheses of Novel Cannabinoids and Lundurines A-C with a Golden Touch’
Committee: Prof. Josep Bonjoch (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. Kilian Muñiz (ICIQ), and Prof. Lukas Hintermann (Technische Universität München).

Laura Rovira

June 17th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Anton Vidal
Title: ‘Design and Application of Bisphosphite Ligands with a Distal Regulation Site for Asymmetric Catalysis’
Committee: Prof. Asunción Barbero (Universidad de Valladolid), Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós (ICIQ) and Prof. Ana C. Cuñat (Universitat de València).

Francesca Besostri

June 27th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs, Carles Rodríguez (ICIQ) and Oliver Reiser (University of Regensburg)
Title: ‘Deposition of Metal Nanoparticles on Magnetic Nanobeds and Evaluation of Their Catalytic Activity’
Committee: Prof. Robert Wolf (University of Regensburg), Dr. Carles Rodríguez (ICIQ) and Prof. Antoni Riera (IRB-UB).

Míriam Sau

July 21st, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs and Prof. Ruben Martin
Title: ‘From Click Chemistry to Catalytic Cleavage of Unstrained C-C Bonds’
Committee: Prof. Albert Moyano Baldoire (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. María Elena Fernández Gutiérrez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Florenci González Adelantado (Universitat Jaume I).

Nelson Jiménez

July 25th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Pau Ballester and Prog. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Title: Synthesis of Tetra-azaporphyrins, Phthalocyanines and Lanthanide Double-Decker Sandwich Complexes’
Committee: Prof. Daniel Ruiz Molina (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia), Prof. Giovanni Bottari (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Prof. Maria Laura Mercuri (Università degli Studi di Cagliari).

Balakrishna Bugga

September 9th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Anton Vidal
Title: ‘Development of P-OP Ligands with New Structural Motifs for Rhodium- and Iridium- Mediated Asymmetric Hydrogenations’
Committee: Prof. Asunción Barbero (Universidad de Valladolid), Prof. Antonio Frontera (Universitat de les Illes Balears) and Prof. Patrick Gámez (Universitat de Barcelona).

Zeynep Inci Günler

September 16th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Profs. Miquel A. Pericàs and Dr. Ciril Jimeno (CSIC)
Title: ‘Primary Amine Thioureas in Asymmetric Organocatalysis’
Committee: Dr. Jesús Joglar (IQAC-CSIC), Dr. Sonia Sayalero (ICIQ) and Dr. Xavier Cattoën (CNRS).

Sara Ranjbar

October 25th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Profs. Miquel A. Pericàs, Oliviver Reiser (Universität Regensburg) and Carles Rodríguez (ICIQ)
Title: ‘Magnetic Nanoparticles as a Versatile Platform for Catalytic Applications’
Committee: Prof. Montserrat Gómez (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse), Prof. Olga García-Mancheño (Universität Regensburg) and Prof. Arjan Kleij (ICIQ).

Luis Martínez

November 2nd, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Arjan Kleij
Title: ‘Molecular and Catalyst Design for Recognition and Activation of Small Molecules’
Committee: Prof. Maria Elena Fernández (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Dr. Thomas Werner (Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University Rostock) and Prof. Véronique Dufaud (Université de Lyon).

Dragos Stoian

December 16th, 2016
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Atsushi Urakawa
Title: ‘Unlimiting Thermodynamic Constraints in Continuous Catalytic Transformation of Carbon Dioxide and Methanol towards Dimethyl Carbonate’
Committee: Prof. Mª Olga Guerrero-Pérez (Universidad de Málaga), Prof. Mayra García (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Keiichi Tomishigue (Tohoky University).