Prof. Anton Vidal


Group Leader:
Anton Vidal, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:
Paula Segovia

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Héctor Fernández / José Luis Núñez / Rajesh Pudi (until April)

PhD Students:

Lucas Carreras / Alicia Martínez / Nuria Llorente / Ester Iniesta / Andrés Romero / Juan José Cabezas / Alba Martínez


Research by the group of Prof. Vidal focuses on the development of novel, efficient and reliable catalytic asymmetric methodology – their current aims encompass the design, preparation and application of new catalytic systems. The key aspects of this work include the modular design of the catalysts using versatile preparation methods (organic and inorganic transformations or supramolecular processes) and computational study of catalytic cycles. In response to ICIQ’s desire to promote projects in collaboration with industry, Prof. Vidal has also directed his efforts in the field of catalysis for industrial purposes.


‘Efficient Non-polymeric Heterojunctions in Ternary Organic Solar Cells’
C. Rodríguez Seco, A. Vidal-Ferran, R. Misra, G. D. Sharma, E. Palomares
ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2018, 1 (8), 4203–4210

‘Ni-Catalysed Intramolecular [4+4]-Cycloadditions of Bis-dienes towards Eight-membered Fused Bicyclic Systems: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study’
N. Llorente, H. Fernández-Pérez, A. Bauza, A. Frontera, A. Vidal-Ferran
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2018, 8, 5251-5258

‘Structural Investigations on Enantiopure P–OP Ligands: A High‐Performing P–OP Ligand for Rhodium‐Catalysed Hydrogenations’
H. Fernández‐Pérez, B. Balakrishna, A. Vidal‐Ferran
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 2018 (13), 1525-1532


‘Advances in the Synthesis of Small Molecules as Hole Transport Materials for Lead Halide Perovskite Solar Cells’
C. Rodríguez-Seco, L. Cabau, A. Vidal-Ferran, E. Palomares
Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51 (4), 869–880

‘Benzothiadiazole Substituted Semiconductor Molecules for Organic Solar Cells: The Effect of the Solvent Annealing Over the Thin Film Hole Mobility Values’
C. Rodríguez-Seco, S. Biswas, G.D. Sharma, A. Vidal-Ferran, E. Palomares
Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122 (25), 13782−13789

‘o,p-Dimethoxybiphenyl Arylamine Substituted Porphyrins as Hole Transport Materials: Electrochemical, Photophysical and Carrier Mobility Characterization’
R. Pudi, C. Rodríguez-Seco, A. Vidal-Ferran, P. Ballester, E. Palomares
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 2018 (18), 2064-2070

‘XBphos-Rh: A Halogen-Bond Assembled Supramolecular Catalyst’
L. Carreras, M. Serrano-Torné, P.W.N.M. van Leeuwen, A. Vidal-Ferran
Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 3644-3648


Diseño de herramientas catalíticas enantioselectivas: aplicación a la preparación de moléculas bioactivas y a la valorización de materias primas derivadas del petróleo
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2017-89814-P

Theses Supervised

Yangyang Shen
November 12th, 2018
Universitat Rovira I Virgili
“Visible Light Photoredox Promoted Transformations of Inert Chemical Bonds”


Halogen bonds to self-assemble supramolecular catalysts