Ana Carmen Albéniz

Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)

Prof. Ana Carmen Albéniz graduated in Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza in 1985 and obtained her PhD at the University of Valladolid in 1989. Thereafter, she moved to Yale University for a 2-years postdoctoral position (Fulbright Grant). Later, she returned at the University of Valladolid, where she has been working, first as a Lecturer and later as a Full Professor (2007).

Her research is focused on the development of novel reactions catalyzed by metals and the study of their mechanisms. Furthermore, she is working in the synthesis of new polymers and their applications as new matrix for reactive and recyclable catalysts in order to deliver clean and sustainable synthetic processes.


David Balcells

Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (Norway)

Dr. David Balcells was born in Sant Martí de Tous (Catalonia, Spain) in 1978. In 2001, he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and his PhD in 2006 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institut Català d’Investigació Quimica, ICIQ, in Tarragona under the supervision of Dr. G. Ujaque and Prof. F. Maseras. In 2007, he obtained a Sanofi-Aventis postdoctoral fellowship for 3 years in the group of Prof. Odile Eisenstein at the University of Montpellier (UM2, France), and then he joined Prof. Agustí Lledós´group at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as Juan de la Cierva fellowship. In 2012 he rejoined the CTCC in Norway for a postdoctoral stay in the group of Prof. M. Tilset and in 2013 he was awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship. Since 2014 he holds independent researcher position at the CTCC, Norway.

His research focuses on computational studies in homogeneous catalysis by considering both on- and off-cycle reactions.


Ana Caballero

Universidad de Huelva (Spain)

Dr. Ana Caballero graduated in Chemistry at the Universidad de Sevilla (1999) and obtained her PhD from the Universidad de Huelva under the supervision of Prof. Pedro J. Pérez (2004). Later she moved to the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (CNRS, Toulouse) for a postdoctoral stay with Prof. Sylviane Sabo-Etienne.  She returned (2007) to the Universidad de Huelva as ‘‘Ramon y Cajal’’ researcher, and currently as Assistant Professor.

In the recent years she has focused on the development of the project involving the catalytic functionalization of methane based on the use of supercritical fluids as reaction medium.


Miquel Costas

University of Girona (Spain) 

Dr. Miquel Costas was born in Vigo. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Universitat de Girona. After several stays: Texas A&M under the supervision of Prof. D. Barton (1996), Basel (Switzerland) with Prof. A. Zuberbüehler (1998) and a post-doctoral stay in Minnesota University with Prof. L. Que, Jr, he came back to the University of Girona in 2002 as Ramón y Cajal Researcher and Lecturer in 2003. Since 2006, he is a group leader the Química Bioinorgànica i Supramolecular (QBIS) Group at the University of Girona. In 2008 and 2013 was honored with the prize ICREA Academy of the Government of Catalonia and he was granted with an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council for the Development of bioinspired catalysts for oxidation of C-H and C=C bonds. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Award to the Excellence in Research.

His research interests involve the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of O2 activation and/or substrate oxidation taking place at transition metal ions that have biological relevance, especially Fe, Cu and Mn.


Gilles Gasser

Chimie Paris Tech (France)

Dr. Gilles Gasser obtained his PhD in 2004 at Neuchâtel University (Switzerland) under supervision of Prof. H. Stoeckli-Evans. From 2004 to 2009 he did several postdoctoral stays: at Monash University (Australia), Research Centre Dresden-Rossendorf and Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). He was appointed Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Research Fellow (2010-2011) and Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor (2011-2016), at the University of Zurich. In 2016 he obtained an ERC Consolidator Grant and a PSL Chair of Excellence Program Grant at Chimie ParisTech, Paris Sciences & Lettres Research University.

His research is involved in the preparation, characterization and utilization of metal complexes for biological or medical purposes.


Eva Hevia

University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland)

Prof. Eva Hevia was born in Gijón, (Spain). She received her MSc Degree in Chemistry and her PhD from the University of Oviedo (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. V. Riera, and Dr. J. Pérez in 1998 and 2002, respectively. After a three-year postdoctoral period at the University of Strathclyde working with Prof. R. Mulvey, as a Marie Curie Fellow, in 2006 she took up a Royal Society University Fellowship and a Lectureship there. Subsequently, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Reader in 2011 and since 2013 she is a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde.

Her research interests are focused on the application of polar organometallic reagents incorporating special cooperative effects to key organometallic transformations and to rigorously understand the chemistry involved.


Igor Larrosa

University of Manchester (UK)

Prof. Igor Larrosa underwent PhD studies with Prof. F. Urpi and P. Romea at Barcelona University. A fellowship from Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia supported three month's research in Professor Erick M. Carreira's laboratories at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. With a second fellowship he started postdoctoral research in Professor Anthony G. M. Barrett's group at Imperial College London, UK, where he was appointed Group Leader. In 2007 he started as Lecturer in synthetic organic chemistry at Queen Mary University of London, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and to Reader in Catalysis in 2012. In 2014 Igor moved to the University of Manchester to take up the position of Professor of Organic Chemistry.

His research interests are focused on transition metal mediated C–H and decarboxylative activations and their applications to useful synthetic transformations.


José María López de Luzuriaga

Universidad de La Rioja (Spain)

Prof. José María López de Luzuriaga obtained his PhD in 1994 from the University of La Rioja under the supervision of Prof. A. Laguna and Prof. E. J. Fernández. He was a post-doctoral Alexander von Humbolt fellow at Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. H. Schmidbaur. After two additional post-doctoral stays at Texas A&M University under supervision of Prof. J. P. Fackler, Jr. in 1998 and 2001 he moved to La Rioja University as Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and finally as Full Professor.

His research is focused on the synthesis of group 11 complexes: studies on metallophilia, luminescence, catalysis and nanoparticles.


Veronique Michelet

Institut de Chimie de Nice, University Côte d`Azur, Nice (France)

Prof. Veronique Michelet obtained her PhD in 1996 at the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris) under the supervision of Prof. J. P. Genêt. After two postdoctoral stays at the University of Pennsylvania (1997, USA), and at Imperial College (1998, London) she was appointed CNRS Associate Researcher at Laboratoire de Synthèse Sélective Organique et Produits Naturels (1998-2000). Since 2007 she is CNRS Research Director -ENSCP- Chimie ParisTech- Catalysis, Synthesis of Biomolecules and Sustainable Development Team. She has recently incorporated to the University Côte d`Azur.

Her research interests are focused on Metal-catalyzed formation of C-C, C-O, C-N and C-F bonds, cycloisomerization reactions, asymmetric catalysis, organocatalysis and metallo-organocatalysis.


Jesús Pérez-Torrente

Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)

Prof. Jesús Pérez-Torrente obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Zaragoza. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University (1990-91) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. J. M. Brown, Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 1995, and full Professor in 2010 at the University of Zaragoza.

His main research interest focuses on the design of polydentate ligands for the controlled synthesis of transition metal complexes, synthesis of early-late transition metal sulfido clusters, the design of metalloligands for application in supramolecular chemistry, development of organometallic catalysts and their application in processes of C-H activation/functionalization, hydrogenation, functionalization of unsaturated substrates and polymerization of alkynes.