ICREA Academia
Xavi Ribas Salamaña

Xavi Ribas Salamaña

ICREA Acadèmia 2010 & 2015

Universitat de Girona · Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Xavi Ribas Salamaña

I graduated in Chemistry at the University of Girona in 1996. Then I started my PhD studies at UdG on bioinorganic and organometallic redox chemistry of copper and I obtained my PhD in 2001. I performed two pre-doctoral research-stays at Univ. Basel with Prof. Zuberbühler and at Stanford Univ. with Prof. Stack. Then, I performed my Post-doctoral studies (2002-2004) at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (CSIC-Spain). I returned to UdG in 2005 with a Juan de la Cierva contract and became an independent group leader in Nov 2006. I’ve been awarded with an ERC-Starting Grant in 2011 and an ERC-Proof of Concept Grant in 2015. Moreover, I obtained three consecutive projects from MINECO in 2013, 2016 and 2019. I’ve been awarded with three ICREA-Acadèmia prizes in 2010, 2015 and 2020. In 2018 I was awarded with the Premio a la Excelencia Investigadora RSEQ 2018. My work has been published in 130 articles (H = 45).


Research interests

Research in the PI’s group swings among three main projects; a) C-H and C-F activation and functionalization of arenes through organometallic species (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ag, Au), b) Supramolecular nanocapsules for the regioselective functionalization of fullerenes and c) (Enantio)selective catalysis at the confined space. 

a) C-H and C-F activation and functionalization of arenes through organometallic species have resulted in a number of studies involving fundamental comprehension of these reactions, involving aryl-Co(III), aryl-Ni(II), aryl-Cu(III), aryl-Ag(III) and aryl-Au(III) species in model platforms. 

b) In the supramolecular chemistry project, cutting-edge advances have been done by the PI research team in fullerene recognition and purification, as well as in fullerene regio-functionalization using self-assembled nanocapsules as supramolecular masks. 

c) Development of enantioselective catalysis at the confined space of nanocapsules.



Supramolecular self-assembled nanocapsules, Supramolecular purification of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes (EMF), Regioselective functionalization of confined fullerenes, Earth-abundant Metal C-H and C-F functionalization catalysis