Ruben Martin

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Ruben Martin was born in Barcelona in 1976. He received his PhD in 2003 at the Universitat de Barcelona with Prof. Antoni Riera. In January 2004 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Alois Fürstner and in May 2005 he undertook further postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald. In September 2008 he joined the ICIQ as a group leader. His current research interests concern the discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic protocols. Ruben Martin was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2013 and to ICREA Research Professor in October 2013. During his time at ICIQ he has received the 2010 RSEQ Young Investigator Award, the 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, the Eli Lilly Young Research Investigator Award 2011 and the 2015 RSEQ Excellent Research Award. In 2011, he received the ERC Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council. This year he received the 2017 Marcial Moreno Award, the 2017 OMCOS Award and the 2017 Liebig Award.

Research interests

Our research is focused on the development of new catalytic protocols for producing synthetically relevant molecules from ubiquitous and simple precursors by activating inert, abundant and ubiquitous C-H, C-C and C-O bonds, probably the most fundamental linkages in nature. Additionally, my research has also been focused on the design of new catalytic protocols that utilize biomass-derived feedstocks such as carbon dioxide (CO2) for preparing valuable carboxylic acid derivatives under mild reaction conditions. During the last years, my research at ICIQ has provided solutions to relevant and challenging synthetic problems from both scientific and industrial standpoint, thus providing a new opportunities to build up molecular complexity from simple and abundant precursors

Selected publications

– Shen Y, Cornella J, Julia-Hernandez F & Martin R  2017, ‘Visible-Light-Promoted Atom Transfer Radical Cyclization of Unactivated Alkyl Iodides’, Acs Catalysis, 7, 1, 409 – 412.

– Somerville R J & Martin R 2017, ‘Forging C-C Bonds Through Decarbonylation of Aryl Ketones’, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 56, 24, 6708 – 6710.

– Shimomaki K, Murata K, Martin R & Iwasawa N 2017, ‘Visible-Light-Driven Carboxylation of Aryl Halides by the Combined Use of Palladium and Photoredox Catalysts’, Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 139, 28, 9467 – 9470.

– Juliá-Hernandez F, Moragas T, Cornella J & Martin R 2017,’Remote Carboxylation of Halogenated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons with Carbon Dioxide’, Nature,545,pp 84-88, DOI:10.1038/nature22316

– Zarate C, Nakajima M & Martin R 2017, “A mild & ligand-free Ni-catalyzed silylation via C-OMe cleavage‘, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139, 1191.

– Reddy Yatham V,Shen Y & Martin R 2017, ‘Catalytic Intermolecular Dicarbofunctionalization of Styrenes with CO2 and Radical Precursors’, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 56, 36, 10915 – 10919.

– van Gemmeren M,Borjesson M,Tortajada A, Sun S,Okura K & Martin R 2017, ‘Switchable Site-Selective Catalytic Carboxylation of Allylic Alcohols with CO2’, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 56, 23, 6558 – 6562.

– Gaydou M, Moragas T, Julia-Hernandez F & Martin R 2017, ‘Site-Selective Catalytic Carboxylation of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons with CO2 and Water’, Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 139, 35, 12161 – 12164.

– Gu Y & Martin R 2017, “Ni-catalyzed stannylation of aryl esters via C-O bond cleavage”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56, 12, 3187 – 3190.