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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 (Netherlands). In 2002 he moved to Spain as a NWO TALENT fellow with Javier de Mendoza, followed by another postdoc appointment at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) working with Joost Reek. He also held various scientific positions in the industry working as a project leader (Avantium) and senior research scientist (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 & 2020, chair of the EUGSC-4 conference in 2019; Associate Editor for Organic Chemistry Frontiers. Citations >10700, h-index of around 62.

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

– Aomchad, Vatcharaporn; Cristofol, Alex; Della Monica, Francesco; Limburg, Bart; D’Elia, Valerio; Kleij, Arjan W. 2021, ‘Recent progress in the catalytic transformation of carbon dioxide into biosourced organic carbonates’, Green Chemistry, 23, 3, 1077 – 1113.

– Della Monica, Francesco; Kleij, Arjan W. 2021, ‘Synthesis and Characterization of Biobased Polyesters with Tunable T-g by ROCOP of Beta-Elemene Oxides and Phthalic Anhydride’, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9, 7, 2619 – 2625.

– Zanda, Nicola; Sobolewska, Anna; Alza, Esther; Kleij, Arjan W.; Pericas, Miquel A. 2021, ‘Organocatalytic and Halide-Free Synthesis of Glycerol Carbonate under Continuous Flow’, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9, 12, 4391 – 4397.

– Xue, Sijing; Limburg, Bart; Ghorai, Debasish; Benet-Buchholz, Jordi; Kleij, Arjan W. 2021, ‘Asymmetric Synthesis of Homoallylic Alcohols Featuring Vicinal Tetrasubstituted Carbon Centers via Dual Pd/Photoredox Catalysis’, Organic Letters, 23, 11, 4447 – 4451.

– Ghorai, Debasish; Cristofol, Alex; Kleij, Arjan W. 2021, ‘Nickel-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution Reactions: An Evolving Alternative’, European Journal Of Inorganic Chemistry, .

ICREA Memoir 2021