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Monday 4th September 2023

Venue: Colegio de San Ildefonso (Rectorate of the University of Alcalá)




Opening Reception



PL1: Transuranic Organometallics

Polly L. Arnold
University of California and Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)



YPL1: Deciphering Mechanisms to Design Better Catalytic Reactions

Mónica H. Pérez-Temprano
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain)


Welcome Reception


Tuesday 5th September 2023

Venue: School of Engineering (Escuela Politécnica Superior)




PL2: NMR Chemical Shifts Beyond Numbers: From Understanding Electronic Structures to Reactivity Descriptor

Christophe Copéret
ETH Zürich (Switzerland)



YPL2: Mechanistic Insight into Iron(salen) Catalysed Reactions

Ruth L. Webster
University of Bath (UK)


Coffee Break




KN1: Selective Construction Carbon-Heteroatom Bonds Mediated by Cp*Ir(III) Complexes

Belén Martín-Matute
Stockholm University (Sweden)


KN3: Site and Enantioselective Oxidation of Strong C-H Bonds with Bioinspired Catalysts

Miquel Costas
Institut de Química Computacional I Catalisi (Spain)



KN2: Catalytic Cyclotrimerization Route to [n]Helical Indenofluorenes and Transformations Thereof

Martin Kotora
Charles University (Czech Republic)


KN4: Synthetic Applications of Metalloradical Catalysis

Bas de Bruin
University of Amsterdam


OC1: Synthesis of a 21-electron cobaltocene derivative

Satoshi Takebayashi
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)


OC5: Bis-phosphine Ni(0) Complexes and Catalytic Applications in Alkyne Cycloaddition Reactions

M. Carmen Nicasio
Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)


OC2: Isolation of Radical Anions via 3d-Metal Complexation or Cation Encapsulation

C. Gunnar Werncke
Philipps-University Marburg (Germany)



OC6: The Trifluoromethyl Silver(III) Moiety as a Platform for Highly Unusual Organometallic Compounds

Miguel Baya
CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)



OC3: Towards Catalyst Design and Databases for Molecular OER Catalysis

Max García-Melchor
Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)



OC7: Iridium complexes based on aminophosphano ligands: synthesis and application in catalysis

Vincenzo Passarelli
ISQCH, CSIC-Universidad Zaragoza (Spain)



OC4: Problematic ArF-Alkynyl Stille Coupling: From Partial Success to Efficient Solutions, via Mechanistic Understanding of the Hidden Complexity

Jesús M. Martínez-Ilarduya
Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)



OC8: Encapsulation and Reactivity Inside Metallocages

Gregori Ujaque
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)






PL3: A New Reactivity Paradigm: trans-Hydrogenation, gem-Hydrogenation, and trans-Hydrometalation of Alkynes

Alois Fürstner
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Germany)


YPL3: Tales on Bismuth Redox Catalysis

Josep Cornella
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (Germany)
EurJIC lecture


OC09: Chemistry Europe - Who We are and What We do

Axel Straube
Wiley-VCH GmbH (Germany)


Coffee Break


OC10: Catalysis with NHC-Au(I) Complexes in Confined Space: Resorcinarene Capsule and Monolayer Protected Nanoparticles

Cristina Tubaro
Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)


OC12: Elucidating the Catalytic CO2 Reduction to CO

Christina Erken
University of Helsinki (Finland)


OC14:  Exploring the Potential of Catalysts based on the Heavier Group 13 Elements for Cyclic Carbonate Synthesis

Christopher J. Whiteoak
Universidad de Alcalá (Spain)


OC11: A New Family of Alkali-metal Manganates and their Role in Catalysing C-C Bond Formation via Oxidative Homocoupling

Marina Uzelac
University of Bath (UK)


OC13: Pincer Iridium Hydride Complexes: Mechanisms for Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Alcohols

Ola F. Wendt
Lund University (Sweden)


OC15: Mechanochemical Synthesis of Compounds and Complexes

Felipe García
Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) 


Flash Presentations: Session A


Flash Presentations: Session B


Flash Presentations: Session C


Poster Session A + Flash Poster Session A


End of scientific programme
Guided visit to the historic buildings of the University of Alcalá
Meeting point: Entrance door to the Colegio de San Ildefonso building (Rectorate of the University).


Wednesday 6th September 2023

Venue: School of Engineering (Escuela Politécnica Superior)



PL4: Gold Chemistry in Water: From Catalysis to Medicine

Prof. Angela Casini
Technical University of Munich





KN5: Gold-based Antibody Drug Conjugates as Targeted Breast Cancer Therapeutic Agents

Maria Contel
City University of New York (USA)


KN6: Dihydrogen Activation by Cationic Hydrides of Alkaline Earth Metals and Zinc

Jun Okuda
RWTH Aachen University (Germany)


Coffee Break





KN7: Bis-picolinamide Metal Dihalide Complexes with a cis to trans Isomer Switch, Triggering High Potency and Cancer Cell Selectivity

Patrick McGowan
University of Leeds (UK)


KN9: From Organometallic Molecular Systems to Functional Materials: Solution and Solid-state Methodologies

Janusz Lewiński
Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)


KN8: In Vivo Metallophilic Self-Assembly of Cyclometalated Metallodrugs for Anticancer Phototherapy

Sylvestre Bonnet
Leiden University (The Netherlands)


KN10: Hydroamination of Alkynes Catalyzed by Gold Nanoparticles: A Sustainable and Effective Approach to the Synthesis of N-heterocyclic Compounds

Alfonso Grassi
University of Salerno (Italy)


OC16: Gold Carboxylate Complexes as Dual Action Anticancer Agents

Alice Johnson
Sheffield Hallam University (UK)



OC20: Mechanistic Studies of the Palladium/Phenanthroline Catalysed Reductive Cyclization of Nitroarenes by CO to give N-Heterocycles

Fabio Ragaini
Università di Milano (Italy)



OC17: Gold(I) Mediated Radio-Iododecarboxylation Toward Applications in Nuclear Medicine

Thomas Cailly
Normandie University (France)



OC21: Electronically Flexible Pyridylidene Amide Ligands for Palladium-catalyzed α-arylation of Ketones

Esaïe Reusser
Universität Bern (Switzerland)



OC18: Synthesis and Biological Activity of Organometallic Hybrids with Selected Tubulin-binding Anticancer Agents

Damian Plazuk
University of Lodz (Poland)



OC22: Palladium and Gold Nitrenes

Dominik Munz
Saarland University (Germany)



OC19: Ir(III)-coumarin Conjugates as Promising Photosensitizers in Both Normoxia and Hypoxia

José Ruiz
Universidad de Murcia (Spain)



OC23: Unlocking Cyclometalation: A New Entry to Cyclometalated Gold(III) Complexes via Catalytic Rhodium to Gold(III) Transmetalation

Jaime Martín
University of Zurich (Switzerland)








KN11: Investigating the Biological Properties of Gold Carbene Complexes

M. Concepcion Gimeno
CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain)


KN12: Combining Helicenes with Transition Metals or Lanthanides for Chirality-Related Properties

Jeanne Crassous
University of Rennes (France)


OC24: Metal Complexes Bearing Uracil Ligands: Synthesis and Applications

Ana Petronilho
Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (Portugal)



OC28: Bis(imino)pyridine-based Ligand Reactivity in Main Group Alkyls Complexes

Antonio Rodríguez-Delgado
Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC (Spain)



OC25: C-H Functionalization of Tyr-Containing Peptides

Arkaitz Correa
University of the Basque Country (Spain)



OC29: Titanium (IV) and (III) Bis(O-Phenylenediamido) Compounds: A Story of Structural Variety and CO2 Functionalizations

Alberto Hernán-Gómez Robledo
Universidad de Alcalá (Spain)



OC26: The Effect of Antibody Conjugation Over a Cyclometalated Ru(II) Complex as Targeted NIR Photosensitizers for PDT

Marta Martínez-Alonso
Universidad de Burgos (Spain)



OC30: On the Single-Centre Ambiphile Concept

Terrance J. Hadlington
TU Munich (Germany)



OC27: Room Temperature Phosphorescence Au(I) and Pt(II) Supramolecular Organometallic Assemblies

Laura Rodríguez
Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)



OC31: Phosphorus Clusters in Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis

Meera Mehta
University of Manchester (UK)




End of scientific programme

Optional excursions


Thursday 7th September 2023

Venue: School of Engineering (Escuela Politécnica Superior)


PL5: Low-Valent Alkaline-Earth Metal Complexes for Bond Activation and Catalysis

Sjoerd Harder
Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


YPL4: Sustainable Tools to Access Fluorinated Molecules by C-H Bond Functionalization

Tatiana Besset
CNRS (France)


Coffee Break


KN13: Cationic Polyhedral Heteroboranes - Fact or Fiction?

Aleš Ružička
University of Pardubice (Czech Republic)


KN15: Borylalkyde Copper(I) Species for Selective Electrophilic Trapping in Advanced Synthetic Protocols

Elena Fernández
Universidad Rovira i Virgili (Spain)


KN14: Catalytic Creation of Sterically Challenging Stereogenic Centers: Concepts and Mechanistic Insights

Arjan W. Kleij
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Spain)


KN16: Activation of C-H Bonds with Fe-Al Heterometallic Complexes

Mark Crimmin
Imperial College London (UK)


OC32: Iron-catalyzed C(sp3)-H Amination

Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt
University Oldenburg (Germany)



OC36: Bimetallic Synergy with Low-Valent Group 13 Main Group Systems for Small Molecule Reactivity

Antonio J. Martínez-Martínez
University of Huelva (Spain)



OC33: Cu(II)-mediated Functionalization of C-H Bonds: Synthesis of Heterocycles and Kinetico-mechanistic Studies

Montserrat Gómez
Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (France)



OC37: Heterobimetallic Complexes for Cooperative Reactivity

Clément Camp
CNRS / CPE-Lyon / UCBL (France)



OC34: Stability and C–H Bond Activation Reactions of Palladium(I) and Platinum(I) Metalloradicals: Carbon-to-Metal H-atom Transfer and Cyclometallation by a Radical Rebound Mechanism

Adrian B. Chaplin
University of Warwick (UK)



OC38: Pt/Main Group Bimetallic Complexes: Small Molecule Activation and Metal-metal Cooperative Transmetalation

Govindarajan Ramadoss
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (Japan)



OC35: Highly Efficient and Versatile Heterobimetallic Al-M(II) Catalysts for Sustainable Processes

Luis F. Sánchez-Barba
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)



OC39: Synergistic Approaches to Catalyst Design for the Sustainable Production of Challenging Enantioenriched Compounds

Montserrat Diéguez
Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)





PL6: Gold(III) Chemistry: Surprise, Intrigue, Mechanisms

Manfred Bochmann
University of East Anglia (UK)


KN17: The Impact of N-Heterocyclic and Mesoionic Carbenes in Manganese Catalysis

Beatriz Royo
Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (Portugal)


KN18: Unleashing New Patterns of Reactivity with Electron Rich Main Group Compounds

Simon Aldridge
University of Oxford (UK)


OC40: Revisiting [FeEt2(bipy)2]n+ (n = 0, 1, 2): a Radically New View

Rinaldo Poli
LCC CNRS Toulouse (France)


OC41: Chiral-at-Rhodium Complex Bearing Si, N Ligands

Miguel A. Huertos
Universidad del País Vasco


Coffee Break


OC42: Copper-catalysed Amination of Alkyl Iodides Enabled by Halogen-atom Transfer

Fabio Juliá
University of Murcia (Spain)


OC44: Metal-Ligand Cooperation with Group 10 Metals and Hydrosilylation

Blanca Martin-Vaca
Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier (France)


OC46: Copper(I)-Mediated Functionalisation of White Phosphorus

Thomas M. Horsley Downie
University of Regensburg (Germany)



OC43: Electrochemical Hydrogen Production Catalysed by Cp*Co(III) Complexes

Gabriel Menendez Rodriguez
University of Perugia (Italy)



OC45: Hybrid Ferrocene Ligands Combining Phosphine and Stibine Donor Groups

Petr Štěpnička
Charles University (Czech Republic)



OC47: Biomass-derived Substrate Valorisation through Hydrogenation by Hybrid Catalysts

Itzel Guerrero-Ríos
UNAM (Mexico)



Flash Presentations: Session D


Flash Presentations: Session E


Flash Presentations: Session F


Poster Session B + Flash Poster Session B


End of scientific programme 


Conference Dinner
Parador de Alcalá de Henares
c/ Colegios, 8, 28804 Alcalá de Henares


Friday 8th September 2023

Venue: Colegio de San Ildefonso (Rectorate of the University of Alcalá)


PL7: Catalytic and Stoichiometric Carbene and Nitrene Transfer Reactions

Pedro J. Pérez
Universidad de Huelva (Spain)


OC48: Synthesis, Bonding and Catalytic Applications of Homoleptic Tri-Lithium Nickelates

Eva Hevia
Universität Bern (Switzerland)


OC49: Tenfold Metalation and Functionalization of Ferrocene

Moritz Malischewski
Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) 


OC50: A New Half-sandwich Ir Complex with a pi-extended Ligand as a Potent Photocatalyst in Green Conditions

Gema Durá
University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)


OC51: Asking Ligands to Lend a Hand

Jitendra K Bera
IIT Kanpur (India)


Coffee Break


YPL5: Ligand Exchange at Carbon in Metalated Ylides: Synthetic Entry to Elusive Species

Viktoria Däschlein-Gessener
Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany)


Fischer-Wilkinson Prize for Organometallic Chemistry:

50 Years of Organometallic Chemistry: From Sandwiches, Tripeldeckers and Beyond
Helmut Werner
University of Würzburg (Germany)


 Closing Remarks


 End of Conference

Organized by:


EuChemS Universidad de Alcalá


Sponsored by:

Real Sociedad Española de Química Grupo Especializado de Química Organometálica Real Sociedad Española de Química - Sección Territorial de Madrid IQAR


BIOTAGE Lilly EurJIC Chemistry Europe


Other collaborators:

BRUKER Mahou San Miguel Antares Fisher Scientific


IUCr Jornals Grupo Especializado de Cristalografia y Crecimiento Cristalino Dalton Transactions


Net Interlab Scharlab Grupo Especializado de Energía y Sostenibilidad