Dr. Alexandr Shafir


Dr. Shafir left ICIQ in July 2018

Group Leader:

Alexandr Shafir

Administrative Support:
Aurora Càceres

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Yichen Wu (until March) / Sebastien Bouvet (until Feb.) / Susana Izquierdo (until May) / Sebastien Lethu (until Oct.) / Suvendu Sekhar Mondal

PhD Students:

Sonia Molina

Visiting Students:

Yulia Vlasenko (Jan.-Feb.) / Nahiane Pipaón (May) / Wei Wen Chen Chen (July)

Visiting Professors:

Prof. Mekhman Yusubov (Jan.)


Dr. Shafir investigates the development of halogen-directed C-H couplings, such as a new α-arylation reaction using simple arylodial dicarboxylates. This coupling, without the use of metals, is carried out by means of an unusual iodine-Claisen reordering and leads to a C-C bond to the ortho position of the iodoarens. He also described a 1.5-imidazole formation reaction directed by halogens, for which a new family of iodine reagents was developed. As part of the group’s mechanical studies, they have provided the first experimental evidence for important activation phenomena that occur habitually in iodine reagents (III).


‘Synthesis of Five-Membered Iodine–Nitrogen Heterocycles from Benzimidazole-Based Iodonium Salts’
Y. A. Vlasenko, P. S. Postnikov, M. E. Trusova, A. Shafir, V. V. Zhdankin, A. Yoshimura, M. S. Yusubov
J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83 (19), 12056–12070

‘The Coming of Age in Iodane-Guided ortho-C-H Propargylation: From Insight to Synthetic Potential’
S. Izquierdo, S. Bouvet, Y. Wu, S. Molina, A. Shafir
Chem. Eur. J 2018, 24 (58), 15517-15521

‘Versatile IR spectroscopy combined with synchrotron XAS-XRD: Chemical, electronic and structural insights during thermal treatment of MOF materials’
S. Hinokuma, G. Wiker, T. Suganuma, A. Bansode, D. Stoian, S. Caminero-Huertas, S. Molina, A. Shafir, M. Rønning, W. van Beek, A. Urakawa
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 2018 (17), 1847-1853