PhD Theses defended

Marta Rodríguez

January 27th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs (ICIQ) and Prof. /Montserrat Gómez (UTPS)
Title: Catalytic Systems Adapted to Glycerol Medium. Applications in Selective Processes’
Committee: Prof. Jose Luis Mascareñas (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Dr. Arkaitz Correa (Universidad del País Vasco) and Prof. Michael Greaney (University of Manchester).

Cayetana Zárate

January 27th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Rubén Martín
Title: ‘C-Heteroatom Bond Formation via Ni-catalyzed C-O Bond Cleavage’
Committee: Prof. José María Lassaletta (Universidad de Sevilla), Prof. Mariola Tortosa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Prof. Mamoru Tobisu (Osaka University).

Ruth Dorel

February 10th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: New Annulation Strategies: From Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons to Natural Products’
Committee: Prof. Sergio Castillón (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Prof. Olga García Mancheño (Universität Regensburg) and Prof. Nazario Martín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Víctor Fernández

March 13th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Feliu Maseras
Title: ‘A Computational Approach to the Mechanism of Light-Driven Reactions in Solution’
Committee: Prof. George P. Britovsek (Imperial College London), Prof. Jordi Carbó (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Gregori Ujaque (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Carmen A. Mak

March 15th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs (ICIQ) and Dr.Teresa Pellegrino (IIT- UNIGE)
Title: ‘Controlled Multifunctionalization of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Applications in Catalysis’
Committee: Prof. Oliver Reiser (Universität Regensburg), Prof. Renata Riva (Università di Genova) and Dr. Alexandr Shafir (ICIQ)

Martín Romero

March 17th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Kilian Muñiz
Title: ‘Development of Hypervalent Iodine(III)-Mediated Chemical Reactions’
Committee: Prof. Miquel À. Pericàs (ICIQ), Prof. Jérôme Waser (Institute des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques (EPFL) and Prof. Pedro J. Campos García (Universidad de la Rioja)

Sergio Roso

March 24th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Atsushi Urakawa (ICIQ) / Prof. Eduard Llobet (URV)
Title: ‘Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties of Single Crystalline Metal-Oxide Nanostructures’
Committee: Prof. Xavier Vilanova (URV), Prof. Frank Güell (Universitat de Barcelona) and Prof. Nicolae Barsan (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen).

José Ramón Romero

March 24th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Pau Ballester
Title: ‘Interlocked Architectures Based on a Bis-Calix[4]pyrrole Macrocycle for Ion-Pair Recognition’
Committee: Prof. Christopher Hunter (University of Cambridge), Prof. Arjan W. Kleij (ICIQ) and Prof. Vanesa Marcos Algaba (University of Manchester)

Patricia Llanes

April 7th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Miquel A. Pericàs
Title: “Aproximaciones a una Química más Sostenible: Inmovilización de Catalizadores en Polímeros y Catálisis Asimétrica en Sistemas Bifásicos Fluorados’
Committee: Prof. Rafael Pedrosa (Universidad de Valladolid), Prof. Pau Ballester (ICIQ) and Prof. Mercedes Amat (Universitat de Barcelona)

Pilar Calleja

April 29th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: ‘Gold-Catalyzed Synthesis of 5 and 6-Membered Rings for the Construction of Molecular Diversity’
Committee: Prof. Rosa Maria Claramunt (UNED), Prof. Yolanda Díaz (URV) and Prof. Mª Ángeles Fernández (University of Amsterdam)

Zhouting Rong

May 4th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: ‘Gold(I)-Catalyzed Stereoselective Polycyclizations’
Committee: Prof. Mercedes Amat (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. Arjan W. Kleij (ICIQ) and Prof. José Manuel González (Universidad de Oviedo)

Bart Herlé

May 16th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Title: ‘Stereoselective Cyclopropanation via Gold(I)-Catalyzed retro-Buchner Reactions’
Committee: Prof. Mar Gómez Gallego (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Prof. Rubén Martín (ICIQ) and Prof. Syuzanna Harutyunyan (University of Groningen)

Mª del Pilar Maldonado

June 9th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Title: ‘Spin Crossover Phenomena: Towards Molecule-based Memories and Switches’
Committee: Prof. José Antonio Real (Universitat de València), Prof. José Sánchez Costa (IMDEA, Nanoscience) and Prof. Corine Mathonière (Université de Bordeaux)

Ana Bahamonde

June 15th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Paolo Melchiorre
Title: ‘Development and Mechanistic Understanding of Photochemical Reactions’
Committee: Prof. José Manuel González Díaz (Universidad de Oviedo), Prof. Fernando P. Cossío Mora (Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea) and Prof. Ryan Gilmour (Wesftälische Wilhems-Universität Münster)

Leticia Peña

July 4th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Arjan W. Kleij
Title: ‘Synthesis of Biobased Polymers derived from Terpenes’
Committee: Dr. Alexandr Shafir (ICIQ), Dr. Christophe J.A. Detrembleur (University of Liège) and Dr. Michael Shaver (University of Edinburgh)

Nicola Lucchetti

July 20th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Kilian Muñiz
Title: ‘New Perspectives in Aromatic Using Hypervalent Iodine(III) Reagents’
Committee: Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren (ICIQ), Prof. Ángel Rodríguez de Lera  (Universidad de Vigo) and Prof. Gregorio Asensio Aguilar (Universidad de Valencia)

Bárbara Rodríguez

July 21st, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Kilian Muñiz
Title: ‘Prussian Blue Derivatives as Smart Materials for Technological Applications’
Committee: Prof. Catalina Ruiz Pérez (Universidad de la Laguna), Prof. Laure Catala (Université Paris Sud) and Prof. Tanja Kallio (Aalto University)

Rodrigo García-Muelas

September 18th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Núria López
Title: ‘Theoretical Studies of Chemical Processes for Biomass Conversion on Metal Catalysts’
Committee: Prof. Feliu Maseras (ICIQ), Prof. Karoliina Honkala (University of Jyväskylä, Finnland) and Prof. Frank Abild Pedersen (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory / Stanford University, USA)

Ignacio Funes

September 20th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Feliu Maseras
Title: ‘Computational Chemistry for Homogeneous Redox Catalysis’
Committee: Prof. Agustí Lledós Falcó (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Prof. Miguel Monge Oroz (Universidad de la Rioja) and Prof. Franziska Schoenebeck (RWTH Aachen University)

Laura Fra

September 22nd, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Kilian Muñiz
Title: ‘New Applications of Iodine(III) Reactivity: Synthesis and Functionalization of Heterocycles’
Committee: Prof. José Luis Mascareñas (Centro Singular de Investigación en Química Biolóxica e Materiais Moleculares – CIQUS), Prof. Paolo Melchiorre (ICIQ) and Dr. Tanja Gulder (Universität München)

Giacomo Filippini

October 17th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Paolo Melchiorre
Title: ‘Development of Radical Processes Triggered by the Photochemical Activity of Transient Organic Intermediates’
Committee: Prof. Claudio Palomo Nicolau (Universidad del País Vasco), Prof. Rosario Fátima Fernández Fernández (Universidad de Sevilla) and Prof. Giovanni Piersanti (Università degli studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”)

Roc Matheu

October 19th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Antoni Llobet
Title: ‘Seven-Coordinate Complexes for Water Oxidation Catalysis: From Molecular Characterization To Solid State Photocatalysis’
Committee: Prof. Nazario Martín (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Prof. Mariona Sodupe (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Prof. Ulrich Hintermair (University of Bath)

Łukasz Wozniak

October 23rd, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Paolo Melchiorre
Title: ‘New Strategies for Enantioselective Catalysis of Photochemical Reactions’
Committee: Prof. José Manuel González Díaz (Universidad de Oviedo), Dr. Alexandr Shafir (ICIQ) and Prof. Jacek Mlynarski (Jagiellonian University).

Víctor Laserna

October 25th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Arjan W. Kleij
Title: ‘Small Molecule Activation for the Formation of Heterocyclic Compounds’
Committee: Prof. Marta Elena González (Universidad de Alcalá de Henares), Prof. Giulia Licini (Universidad de Padova) and Prof. Antonio Leandro Otero (Universidad de Castilla la Mancha)

Marta Blasco

October 26th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Title: ‘Earth Abundant Materials for Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation: Enhancing Efficiency and Robust Performance in Acidic, Neutral and Alkaline Media’
Committee: Prof. Rosa María Llusar (Universitat Jaime I), Prof. Wolfgang Schmitt (University of Dublin) and Prof. Kevin Sivula (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Joan Ramon Lao

October 30th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Anton Vidal
Title: ‘Rhodium Catalysis in Enantioselective Hydrogenative Transformations: From the Design of New Ligands to Reactions of Atypical Substrates’
Committee: Prof. Mercedes Amat (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. José Alemán (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Prof. Pher Andersson (Stockholm University)

Jeroen Rintjema

October 31st, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Arjan W. Kleij
Title: ‘Aluminum-Catalyzed Coupling of Carbon Dioxide and Cyclic Ethers’
Committee: Prof. Anna Maria Masdeu (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Dr. Christopher Whiteoak (Sheffield Hallam University) and Prof. Carmine Cappachione (Università degli Studi di Salerno)

Qiang Li

November 8th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Núria López
Title: ‘Density Functional Theory Studies of Biomass Conversion on Metal Surfaces: From Small to Large Molecules’
Committee: Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), Prof. Hai-Jun Jiao (Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V., Germany) and Dr. Jordi Ribas Ariño (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

Michael Higham

November 13th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Núria López
Title: ‘Theoretical Studies of Heterogeneous Catalysis for Halogen Chemistry’
Committee: Prof. Zbigniew Lodziana (The Henryk Niewodniczaski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kraków, Poland), Dr. Maria Besora (ICIQ) and Dr. Jordi Cirera (Universitat de Barcelona)

Rositha Kuniyil

November 20th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Feliu Maseras
Title: ‘Computational Mechanistic Studies on the Transition Metal Catalyzed Activation of Carbon Dioxide’
Committee: Prof. Carles Bo (ICIQ), Dr. Ainara Nova (Universitetet i Oslo) and Dr. Luís Rodríguez (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Daniel Hernández

November 24th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Prof. Pau Ballester
Title: ‘Calix[4]pyrrole-based Receptors for Biologically Relevant Polar Molecules: From Organic to Aqueous Media’
Committee: Prof. Victoria Martínez Díaz (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Prof. Pascal Blondeau (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Prof. Francisco Nájera Albendín (Universidad de Málaga)

Yichen Wu

December 11th, 2017
University: Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Supervisor/s: Dr. Alexandr Shafir
Title: ‘Hypervalent Iodine as Directing Tool in Iodine-Retentive Transformation of C-H Bonds’
Committee: Prof. Josep Bonjoch (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. Berit Olofsson (Stockholm University) and Prof. Kilian Muñiz (ICIQ)

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