Ruben Martin

Ruben Martin

Institut Català d'Investigació Química

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Ruben Martin was born in Barcelona in 1976. He received his PhD in 2003 at the Universitat de Barcelona with Prof. A. Riera. In January 2004 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow with Prof. A. Fürstner and in May 2005 he undertook further postdoctoral studies at MIT with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald. In September 2008 he joined the ICIQ as a group leader. His current research interests concern the discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic protocols. Ruben Martin was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2013 and to ICREA Research Professor in October 2013. During his time as group leader he has been awarded with 3 ERC projects by the European Research Council and with the 2020 Arthur Cope Scholar Award, 2019 Novartis Chemistry Award, 2018 Banc Sabadell Award to Sciences and Engineering, 2018 Hirata Award, 2018 OMCOS Award or 2019 ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigator Award, among the most recent.

Research interests

Our research is focused on the development of new catalytic protocols for producing synthetically relevant molecules from ubiquitous and simple precursors by activating inert, abundant and ubiquitous C-H, C-C and C-O bonds, probably the most fundamental linkages in nature. Additionally, my research has also been focused on the design of new catalytic protocols that utilize biomass-derived feedstocks such as carbon dioxide (CO2) for preparing valuable carboxylic acid derivatives under mild reaction conditions. During the last years, my research at ICIQ has provided solutions to relevant and challenging synthetic problems from both scientific and industrial standpoint, thus providing a new opportunities to build up molecular complexity from simple and abundant precursors

Selected publications

– Tortajada A, Duan Y, Sahoo B, Cong F, Toupalas G, Sallustrau A, Loreai¡u O, Audisio D & Martin R 2019,’Catalytic Decarboxylation/Carboxylation Platform for Accessing Isotopically Labeled Carboxylic Acids’, ACS Catal, 9,5897-5901,

– Sun S Z,Romano C & Martin R 2019, ‘Site-selective catalytic deaminative alkylation of unactivated olefins‘, Journal of The American Chemical Society, 141, 41, 16197 – 16201.

– Gu Y, Shen Y, Zarate C & Martin R 2019, ‘A Mild and Direct Site-Selective sp(2) C-H Silylation of (Poly)Azines’, Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 141,1,127 – 132.

– Börjesson M, Tortajada A & Martin R 2019, ‘N-Containing Heterocycles on Demand by Merging Ni Catalysis and Photoredox PCET’, Chem,5,254-256.

– Martin-Montero R, Reddy Yathaman V, Yin H, Davies J & Martin R 2019,’Ni-catalyzed Reductive Deaminative arylation at sp3 Carbon Centers’,Organic Letters, 21, 8, 2947 – 2951.

– Liu X-W, Zarate C & Martin R 2019, ‘Base-Mediated Defluorosilylation of C(sp2)-F and C(sp3)-F Bonds’, Angew Chem Int Edit Engl 58, 7, 2064 – 2068.

Martin R, Sahoo B, Belloti P, Julià-Hernàndez F, Meng Q Y, Crespi S & König B 2019,’Site-Selective, Remote sp3 C-H Carboxylation Enabled by the Merger of Photoredox and Nickel Catalysis’,Chemistry a European Journal, 25, 38, 9001 – 9005.

Selected research activities

Selected conferences & lectures:

  1. Novartis
  2. Université de Montréal
  3. McGill University
  4. University of Bologna
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. Wolf Symposium in Chemistry
  7. Markovnikov Congress on Organic Chemistry
  8. The Future of C-H Functionalization
  9. Syngenta
  10. Boehringer Ingelheim
  11. Firmenich
  12. University of Lyon
  13. Yale University