Month: January 2020

Former IQCC member Oriol Planas publishes in Science

After some recent papers in Nature, and Nature by members of the IQCC, and in Nature and Science by former IQCC members, right now we have a new entry: Today a former IQCC member (Oriol Planas) publishes in Science as first author, with the publication of “Fluorination of arylboronic esters enabled by bismuth redox catalysis”. Oriol defended his

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Farewell my friend, István Mayer

István has left us. I first met prof. István Mayer in 1998, when I was on my first pre-doctoral stay in Heidelberg. I was just starting to study his work on basis set superposition error correction and I think he found kind of amusing that a Ph.D. student from Girona became so interested in his

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Unprecedented Selectivity of Ruthenium Iodide Benzylidenes in Olefin Metathesis Reactions

Olefin metathesis seems to be a complex chemical reaction, but if we say that leads to the formation of polymers, i.e. plastics, it is really simple and it is valid in any item that currently we have in our hands. This field of olefin metathesis is mature, after the Nobel Prize in 2005 of Chauvin,

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Enantioselective C-H lactonization of unactivated methylenes directed by carboxylic acids

The formidable challenges of controlling site-selectivity, enantioselectivity and product chemoselectivity, make asymmetric C-H oxidation a generally unsolved problem for non-enzymatic systems. Discrimination between the two enantiotopic C-H bonds of an unactivated methylenic group is particularly demanding and so far unprecedented, given the similarity between their environments and the facile overoxidation of the initially formed hydroxylation

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PhD defense Steven Roldán

Next Tuesday (14th of January, 10.30h, Aula Magna, Faultat de Ciències) will take place the defense of the doctoral thesis of Steven Roldán titled “Computational Mechanistic Studies of C-H and C-X Activated Organometallic Species with First-row Transition Metals” supervised by Dr Xavi Ribas and Dr. Josep M. Luis from IQCC We wish him good luck

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