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 4 ERC projects by the European Research Council (among these, a recent ERC-Advanced Grant in 2020) 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

– Gu, Yiting; Duan, Yaya; Shen, Yangyang; Martin, Ruben ‘Stereoselective Base-Catalyzed 1,1-Silaboration of Terminal Alkynes’, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 2020, 59, 2061-2065

– Janssen-Müller, Daniel; Sahoo Basudev; Sun, Shang-Zheng; Martin, Ruben, ‘Tackling Remote sp3 C-H Functionalization via Ni-Catalyzed “chain-walking” Reactions’, Israel Journal of Chemistry  2020, 60, 195-206

– Yanagi, Tomoyuki; Somerville, Rosie J.; Nogi, Keisuke; Martin, Ruben; Yorimitsu, Hideki 2020, ‘Ni-Catalyzed Carboxylation of C(sp(2))-S Bonds with CO2: Evidence for the Multifaceted Role of Zn’, Acs Catalysis, 2020, 10, 3, 2117 – 2123.

– Somerville, Rosie J; Odena, Carlota; Obst, Marc F; Hazari, Nilay; Hopmann, Kathrin H; Martin, Ruben, ‘Ni(I)-Alkyl Complexes Bearing Phenanthroline Ligands: Experimental Evidence for CO2 Insertion at Ni(I) Centers.’, Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 25, 10936 – 10941.

– Borjesson, Marino; Janssen-Mueller, Daniel; Sahoo, Basudev; Duan, Yaya; Wang, Xueqiang; Martin, Ruben 2020, ‘Remote sp(2) C-H Carboxylation via Catalytic 1,4-Ni Migration with CO2’, Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 38, 16234 – 16239.

– Cong, Fei; Y.X Lyv; S.C Day; ;Martin ,Ruben 2020, ‘Dual Catalytic Strategy for Forging sp2-sp3 and sp3-sp3 Architectures vis B-Scission of Aliphatic Alchohol Derivatives’, J.Am.Chem.Soc. 2020, 142, 20594-20599

– Sun, Shang-Zheng; Duan, Yaya; Mega, Riccardo S.; Somerville, Rosie J.; Martin, Ruben, ‘Site-Selective 1,2-Dicarbofunctionalization of Vinyl Boronates through Dual Catalysis’, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 2020, 59, 4370-4374

– Yin H, Giacoboni J, Martin R, Romano C & Martin R,’ A Dual Catalytic Platform for Enabling sp3 a C-H Arylation & Alkylation of Benzamides’, Acs Catalysis, 2020, 10, 8, 4671 – 4676.