Julio Lloret Fillol

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 worked as an independent research leader at Universitat de Girona (Ramón y Cajal program). In 2014, he obtained a position as Young Research Group Leader at the Institut de Química Computational i Catàlisi (UdG). In November 2014, he moved to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as a junior group leader and in 2020 he was promoted to his current position of Senior group leader. From his reach activities, two spin-offs have been funded Treellum Technologies (July 2020) and Jolt Solutions (April 2022).

Research interests

My research mainly focuses on designing new catalysts for more sustainable chemistry using 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 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 on 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 on the earth, water oxidation, identified as one of the bottlenecks for the production of solar fuels. Mechanistic investigations will aid in understanding multi-proton multi-electron transformations. These research areas can open new avenues for newer and greener synthetic methods.

Selected publications

- Fernandez S, Franco F, Belmonte MM, Friães S, Royo B, Luis J M, Lloret-Fillol J. 2023, 'Decoding the CO2 Reduction Mechanism of a Highly Active Organometallic Manganese Electrocatalyst: Direct Observation of a Hydride Intermediate and Its Implications', Acs Catalysis, 13, 15, 10375 - 10385.
- Gutierrez L, Martin-Diaconescu V, Casadevall C, Oropeza F, de la Peña O'Shea VA, Meng JJ, Ortuno MA & Lloret-Fillol J 2023, 'Low Oxidation State Cobalt Center Stabilized by a Covalent Organic Framework to Promote Hydroboration of Olefins', Acs Catalysis, 13, 5, 3044 - 3054.
- Vieira F, Ledeuil JB, Foix D, et al. 2023, 'Narrow band gap cuprous/cupric oxide thin films prepared via sol-gel methods for the electrochemical reduction of CO2', Solid State Sciences, 143, 107276.
- Moneo-Corcuera A, Nieto-Castro D, Cirera J, Gómez V, Sanjosé-Orduna J, Casadevall C, Molnár G, Bousseksou A, Parella T, Martínez-Agudo JM, Lloret-Fillol J, Pérez-Temprano MH, Ruiz E, Galán-Mascarós JR 2023, 'Molecular memory near room temperature in an iron polyanionic complex', Chem, 9, 2, 377-393.

Selected research activities

Selected Meetings, Congresses and Invited Lectures
  • Frontiers in chemistry seminars, University of Padova (Italy)
  • Cambridge University, Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry (UK)
  • XLI GEQO Meeting of the RSEQ (Spain)
  • Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences, (France)
  • GEQO – School of Photochemistry, Valladolid, Spain
Technology Transfer
  • Chief Scientist Officer of Treellum Technologies
  • Chief Scientist of Jolt Solutions
Awards, Recognitions and Prices
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, since 2023
  • RSEQ - GEQO Award on Excellence GEQO Award for Research Excellence.
  • Advisory Board of Chemical Science