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 been working 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 move to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as a junior group leader and in 2020 promoted to his actual position of Senior group leader.


Research interests

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

Selected publications

- Fernandez S, Franco F, Casadevall C, Martin-Diaconescu V, Luis J. M, Lloret-Fillol J, 2020, 'A Unified Electro- and Photocatalytic CO2 to CO Reduction Mechanism with Aminopyridine Cobalt Complexes', J. Am. Chem. Soc., 142, 120 - 133.  Highlight in ChemistryViews “Understanding How Cobalt Complexes Reduce CO2

- Rosa-Pardo I, Casadevall C, Schmidt L, Claros M, Galian R E, Lloret-Fillol J, Perez-Prieto J, 2020, 'The synergy between the CsPbBr3 nanoparticle surface and the organic ligand becomes manifest in a demanding carbon-carbon coupling reaction', Chem. Commun., 56, 5026 - 5029.

- Gutierrez L, Mondal S S, Bucci A, Kandoth N, Escudero-Adan E C, Shafir A, Lloret-Fillol J, 2020 'Crystal-to-Crystal Synthesis of Photocatalytic Metal-Organic Frameworks for Visible-Light Reductive Coupling and Mechanistic Investigations', ChemSusChem, 13, 3418-3428. (cover feature)

- Merillas B, Cuellar E, Diez-Varga A, Torroba T, Garcia-Herbosa G, Fernandez S, Lloret-Fillol J, Martin-Alvarez J. M., Miguel D, Villafane F, 2020, 'Luminescent Rhenium(I)tricarbonyl Complexes Containing Different Pyrazoles and Their Successive Deprotonation Products: CO2 Reduction Electrocatalysts', Inorg. Chem., 59, 11152 - 11165.

Selected research activities

  • Member of the Young Academy of Europe
  • Professor at the Master’s in Advanced Catalysis and Molecular Modelling (UdG)
  • CSO & Co-founder of the TreeLlum spin-off

Selected Conferences &Talks

  • 11a JIPC, 28-30 January 2020, Sitges, Spain. “Well-Defined Catalysts for Reductive Transformations; From Solar Fuels to Fine Solar Chemicals” Plenary Speaker.
  • 3rd HC3A Meeting Toulouse, 16-17 January 2020, “Well-Defined Catalysts for Reductive Transformations; From Solar Fuels to Fine Solar Chemicals” Plenary Speaker.


- Lloret Fillol J, Bucci A, 'Method of Preparation of Electrodes for Electrocatalysis`, Nº EP20382294, 15/04/2020