Ruben  Martin Romo

Ruben Martin Romo

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 Professor in October 2013. During his time as group leader he has been awarded with 4 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 being on the Forbes List for the top50 most awarded spaniards, 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

- Rodrigalvarez J, Haut FL & Martin R
- Lv X, Abrams R & Martin R, 2023 Copper-Catalyzed C(sp3)-Amination of Ketone-Derived Dihydroquinazolinones by Aromatization-Driven C-C Bond Scission', Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 62, 8, e202217386
- Zhang H, Rodrigalvarez J, Martin R 2023, 'C(sp2)-H Hydroxylation via Catalytic 1,4-Ni Migration with N2O', Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 145, 32, 17564-17569.
- Day CS & Martin R 2023, 'Comproportionation and disproportionation in nickel and copper complexes', Chemical Society Reviews, 52, 6601-6616.
- Yue WJ & Martin R 2023, 'a-Difluoroalkylation of Benzyl Amines with Trifluoromethylarenes', Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 62, 40, e202310304.
- Haut FL, Mega RS, Estornell JV & Martin R 2023, 'Catalytic Photoinduced Intramolecular Decarboxylative and Desulfonylative sp(3) Allylation Enabled by Sulfinate Salts', Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 62(28):e202304084.
- Talavera L, Freud RRA, Zhang H, Wakeling M, Jensen M & Martin R 2023, 'Nickel-Catalyzed 1,1-Aminoborylation of Unactivated Terminal Alkenes', ACS Catalysis, 13, 8, 5538 - 5543.
- Day CS, Rentería-Gómez Á, Ton SJ, et al. 2023, 'Elucidating electron-transfer events in polypyridine nickel complexes for reductive coupling reactions', Nature Catalysis, 6, 244-253.
- Rodrigalvarez J, Wang H & Martin R 2023, 'Native Amides as Enabling Vehicles for Forging spa-spa Architectures via Interrupted Deaminative Ni-Catalyzed Chain- Walking', Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 145(7):3869-3874.
- Cong, F.; Mega, R. S.; Chen, J.; Day, C. S.; Martin, Ruben 2023, 'Trifluoromethylation of carbonyl and unactivated olefin derivatives by C(sp3)-C bond cleavage', Angewandte Chemie International Edition,