Research group

Research abstract

Our research group works in the “OMCOS”(organometallic chemistry directed towards organic synthesis)arena, with a focus on the discovery of new catalytic transformations and the understanding of their mechanisms.In the last few years, we have developed new gold catalyzed reactions for the activation of alkynes. Some of these new reactions have been applied for the synthesis of complex, biologically active natural products. We are also interested in the synthesis of nanographenes and other related molecules of importance in material science.

Topics addressed

  • New gold reactions for the activation of alkynes
  • Synthesis of biologically active natural products


“Encapsulation studies of cationic gold complexes within a self-assembled hexameric resorcin[4]arene capsule”.
Adriaenssens, L.; Escribano-Cuesta, A.; Homs, A.; Echavarren, A. M.; Ballester, P.
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 1494-1500.

“Intermolecular Gold-Catalyzed Cycloaddition of Alkynes with Oxoalkenes”.
Obradors, C.; Echavarren, A. M.
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 3547-3551.

“Gold(I)-Catalyzed Macrocyclization of 1,n-Enynes”.
Obradors, C.; Leboeuf, D.; Aydin, Y.; Echavarren, A. M.
Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 1576-1579.

“Intermolecular Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cyclization of Furans with Alkynes: Formation of Phenols and Indene”.
Huguet, N.; Leboeuf, D.; Echavarren, A. M.
Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 6581-6585.

“Gold-Catalyzed O-H Bond Addition to Unsaturated Organic Molecules”.
Huguet, N.; Echavarren, A. M.
Topics Organomet. Chem. 2013, 43, 291-324.