Arjan W. Kleij

Arjan W. Kleij

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

MSc (with honors) and PhD (Cum Laude) from the University of Utrecht (NL). In 2002 he moved to Spain as a NWO TALENT fellow with Javier de Mendoza, followed by another postdoc at the University of Amsterdam (NL) working with Joost Reek. He also held various scientific positions in the industry at Avantium and Hexion. In 2006, he returned to Spain as an ICREA Researcher and ICIQ Group Leader, and was promoted to ICREA Research Professor in 2011. He is current member of several advisory (ChemCatChem, Journal of CO2 Utilization, ASC Sust Chem Engin) and editorial boards (ChemSusChem, Molecules). Guest editorships for Catal. Sci. & Technol., ChemSusChem and Adv. Synth. Catal.; chairman of the CDCC conference in Portugal in 2016, chair of the EUGSC-4 conference in 2019; Associate Editor for Organic Chemistry Frontiers. Citations >15200, h-index of around 70. He received the 2020 RSEQ Excellence Award and became a FRSC in 2021. 

Research interests

The research of my group focuses on the valorization of small molecules (including CO2) into value-added chemicals and materials. We design new and more sustainable catalytic methods for their conversion and use in organic synthesis. We use homogeneous catalysis approaches based on metal complexes and/or organocatalysts, and investigate important process features such as catalyst recycling, energy/material efficiencies and overall selectivity/reactivity profiles. In all these endeavors, we wish to solve challenging stereoselective and enantioselective transformations including those focusing on the preparation of compounds featuring challenging quaternary stereocenters.

Selected publications

- Moreira VB, Rintjema J, Bravo F, Kleij AW, Franco L, Puiggali J, Aleman C & Armelin E 2022, 'Novel Biobased Epoxy Thermosets and Coatings from Poly(limonene carbonate) Oxide and Synthetic Hardeners', Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 10, 8, 2708 - 2719.

- Li X, Villar-Yanez A, Tounzoua CN, Benet-Buchholz J, Grignard B, Bo C, Detrembleur C & Kleij AW 2022, 'Cascade Transformation of Carbon Dioxide and Alkyne-1,n-diols into Densely Substituted Cyclic Carbonates', Acs Catalysis, 12, 5, 2854 - 2860.

- Xue S, Cristofol A, Limburg B, Zeng Q & Kleij AW 2022, 'Dual Cobalt/Organophotoredox Catalysis for Diastereo- and Regioselective 1,2-Difunctionalization of 1,3-Diene Surrogates Creating Quaternary Carbon Centers', Acs Catalysis, 12, 6, 3651 - 3659.

- Qiao C, Shi W, Brandolese A, Benet-Buchholz J, Escudero-Adán EC &Kleij AW 2022, 'A Novel Catalytic Route to Polymerizable Bicyclic Cyclic Carbonate Monomers from Carbon Dioxide', Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 4, 61(27), e202205053.

- Quo C, Villar-Yanez A, Garay-Ruiz D, Buchholz JB, Bo C & Kleij AW. 2022, 'Domino Synthesis of Bicyclic 3,5-Anhydro Furanose Mimics Using a Binary Al(III) Complex/Halide Catalyst', Acs Catalysis, 12, 9, 5464 - 5469.

- Limburg B, Cristòfol À & Kleij AW 2022, 'Decoding Key Transient Inter-Catalyst Interactions in a Reductive Metallaphotoredox-Catalyzed Allylation Reaction', Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 144, 24, 10912 - 10920.

Selected research activities

Editorial board member of Industrial Chemistry & Materials (RSC)

Volume editor for Advances in Catalysis (Elsevier), “Catalysis for Enabling Carbon Dioxide Utilization”

Coordinator of the HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-DN-JD (joint doctoral network) “D-Carbonize”

Academic committee member at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and ICIQ