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Catalytic C-H activation-Initiated Tandem Reactions: Devise, Study and Application to natural renewable molecules


On the one hand, it is now assumed that in the near future the starting materials in chemistry have to come from renewable feedstock and not only from petroleum cracking. On the other hand, the stability of the chemical bonds in saturated hydrocarbons makes them generally unreactive, and a large variety of hydrocarbons constitute a large lowcost feedstock misused, which is treated as fuel or waste. But the invention of processes in which carbon–hydrogen (C–H) bonds in hydrocarbons can be activated is allowing chemists to exploit organic compounds in previously unimaginable ways. The reactions initiated by C-H activation could revolutionize the chemical industry and is nowadays a reality. The impressive potential of catalytic C-H activation reactions represents a new milestone in organic synthesis. An approach to treat the first issue described would be to “C-H activate” natural renewable molecules (simple molecules obtained easily from, for example, oil from plants) and employ them as starting materials for fine chemistry. The global objective of this project is to learn the last top advances in catalytic C-H activation and apply them to the transformation of natural renewable molecules. The specific aims of my research project are: 1) Devising C-H activation-initiated tandem reactions with Rhodium catalysts and explore its application to organic synthesis. 2) Transfer the developed methodology to the transformation of some natural renewable products – in particular Oleic Acid – into valuable molecules like drugs or drug-precursors. 3) Initiate the development of new catalysts for C-H activation-initiated tandem reactions based on group 10 metals

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Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 229 077,83
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)