Julio Lloret-Fillol

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Julio Lloret-Fillol graduated in Chemistry from the Universidad de Valencia in 2001 where he also obtained his PhD in 2006, working under the supervision of Prof. P. Lahuerta and Prof. J. Pérez-Prieto. After his PhD he moved to the University of Heidelberg to the group of Prof. L. H. Gade as a postdoctoral MEyC fellow and postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow. Since 2010 he has been working as independent research leader at Universitat de Girona (Ramón y Cajal programme). In 2014 he obtained a position as Young Research Group Leader at the Institut de Química Computational i Catàlisi (UdG). In November 2014 he move to his actual position of group leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ).

Research interests

My research is mainly focused on designing new catalysts for a more sustainable chemistry through the use of artificial photosynthetic schemes (APS) (ERC Consolidator Grant). Although artificial photosynthetic schemes are a potential solution for a future sustainable society, basic science still needs to be done in order to achieve this objective. Accordingly, my research dream is to address the production of fine chemicals using solely CO2, water and light as driving force. To this end, we are working in developing new methodologies to employ light as a driving force to produce reductive organic transformation and in the understanding of one of the most important reactions in earth, the water oxidation, identified as one of the bottlenecks for the production of solar fuels. Mechanistic investigations will aid to understand multi-proton multi-electron transformations. These areas of research can open up new avenues for newer and greener synthetic methods.

Selected publications

- Gamba I, Codolà Z, Lloret-Fillol J & Costas M 2017, 'Making and breaking of the O-O bond at iron complexes'Coord. Chem. Rev., 334, 2 - 24.

- Call A, Casadevall C, Acuna-Pares F, Casitas A & Lloret-Filloll J 2017, 'Dual cobalt-copper light-driven catalytic reduction of aldehydes and aromatic ketones in aqueous media', Chemical Science, 8, 7, 4739 - 4749.

- Sabenya G, Lazaro L, Gamba I, Martin-Diaconescu V, Andris E, Weyhermuller T, Neese F, Roithova J, Bill E, Lloret-Fillol J & Costas M 2017, 'Generation, Spectroscopic, and Chemical Characterization of an Octahedral Iron(V)-Nitrido Species with a Neutral Ligand Platform', Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 139, 27, 9168 - 9177.

Selected research activities

Member of the Young Academy of Europe since 2017

Professor at the Master's in Advance Catalysis and Molecular Modelling (UdG)

Member of CARISMA and CHAOS COST Actions


Conferences &Talks

'Catalytic light-driven reductive transformations mediated by cobalt complexes', ACS -2017 (San Francisco, Spain), 4th April - 2017  and i-Chat Frascati, Roma (Italy), 2nd-6th July - 2017 

'Light-Driven Reduction Chemistry. From Solar Fuels to Solar Chemicals'Invited Lecture, 2017 Barluenga Lectureship, 11th Nov - 2017 

Invited lectures at Universidad de Barcelona and University of Oviedo 'Towards Artificial Photosynthetic Schemes for Light-Driven Transformations' and Regensburg University 'From Solar Fuels to Solar Chemicals'

'Molecular Catalysis for Water Splitting, A technological and scientific perspective', Tutorial at the Graduate school "Chemical Photocatalysis" at Regensburg University, REGENSBURG -2017 (Germany) 2nd March - 2017  

'Artificial Photosynthesis from Solar Fuels To Solar Chemicals'ISOC - XI, 5th Sept - 2017  


Outreach Activity

CAIXAFORUM Feb-2017 (Lleida, Spain), "Combustibles Solares"