Sustainable Synthesis and Catalysis
Francisco Juliá-Hernández Research Group
We are a young chemistry research group based on the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Murcia (Spain) within the Organometallic Chemistry Group (GQO). Our research focuses on the invention, design and application of sustainable catalytic transformations in organic synthesis. Our main motivation is to use abundant and inexpensive metals as catalysts to streamline previously unfeasible synthetic routes.
We aim to discover novel catalytic strategies to tackle the synthesis of valuable compounds from available materials using Earth-abundant and inexpensive metal catalysts.
One of the main challenges of this century as society is to ensure access to affordable and sustainable sources of energy. Our research plan also includes the use of visible-light, an endless source of energy, to promote chemical reactions by means of photocatalysis.
We concentrate our efforts on sustainable catalysis to develop new reaction methodologies in organic chemistry. This secures the discovery of more sustainable synthetic routes using non-toxic and inexpensive catalysts and photocatalysts.
Francisco was born and raised in Cieza, a small town located in the south east of Spain. He studied Chemistry at the University of Murcia (Spain) and obtained his BSc in 2007 and his MSc in 2008.
In 2012, Francisco obtained his PhD degree under the supervision of Prof Vicente and Prof Arcas in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Murcia. In Murcia, he worked in the synthesis of high-valent organometallic palladium complexes.
After receiving his PhD degree, Francisco moved to the UK to join the group of Prof Igor Larrosa at Queen Mary University of London. In London, Francisco worked in the development of novel catalytic methods for the direct arylation of aromatic compounds.
In 2014, Francisco was awarded a COFUND postdoctoral fellowship and joined the group of Prof Ruben Martin at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Spain. His work focused on catalytic organic synthesis including C-H and C-C functionalization, carboxylation with carbon dioxide and photocatalysis.
In November 2018, Francisco was appointed Assistant Professor in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in the Department of Organic Chemistry at Stockholm University (Sweden).
Later, Francisco received a "Ramon y Cajal" position and joined the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Murcia (Spain) in June 2020.
(PhD: Eric Meggers' Group, Marburg)
Postdoc (Selander's group, SU)