Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren


Group Leader:
Antonio M. Echavarren

Administrative Support:
Sònia Gavaldà

Laboratory Engineer:
Imma Escofet

Postdoctoral Researchers:
Fedor Miloserdov (until March) / Jean Simon Suppo (until July) / JinMing Yang (until June) / Xiao-Li Pei/ Miguel Peña / Ophélie Quinonero (until June)/Mariia Kirillova (until Aug.) / Dagmar Scharnagel / Allegra Franchino / Leonardo Nannini


PhD Students:
Sofia Ferrer (until Sep.) / Elena de Orbe (until Oct.) / Cristina García Morales / Xiang Yin / Eric Tan/Giuseppe Zuccarello / Joan Guillem Mayans / Margherita Zanini / Otilia Stoica / Ulysse Caniparoli / Mauro Mato / Helena Armengol / Alba H. Pérez / Inma Martín / Ana Arroyo

Erasmus Students:
Timo Imhoff (until March)

Summer Fellows:
Filip Zivkovic (July-Sept.)
Isabel Arranz (July-Sept.)

Visiting Professors:
Christopher Vanderwal (until March)


The group of Prof. Echavarren focuses on the invention of new synthetic methods and on the development of original solutions based on the group’s own methodology for the total synthesis of natural and non-natural products. The most important scientific contributions of the group have been in the field of homogenous gold catalysis, where they have established the mechanistic foundations that have guided the discovery of new transformations and have introduced gold catalysts to the scientific community. They have also demonstrated the usefulness of new synthetic methods in the context of the synthesis of complex molecules, both biologically relevant natural products and molecules of interest in materials science.


‘Total Syntheses of Pyrroloazocine Indole Alkaloids: Challenges and Reaction Discovery’
M.S. Kirillova, F.M. Miloserdov, A.M. Echavarren
Org. Chem. Front. 2018, 5, 273-287

‘Broad-Scope Rh-Catalyzed Inverse-Sonogashira Reaction Directed by Weakly Coordinating Groups’
E. Tan, O. Quinonero, M.E. de Orbe, A.M. Echavarren
ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 2166-2172

‘Unified Total Synthesis of Pyrroloazocine Indole Alkaloids Sheds Light on Their Biosynthetic Relationship’
F.M. Miloserdov, M.S. Kirillova, M.E. Muratore, A.M. Echavarren
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140 (16), 5393-5400


‘Broadening the Scope of the Gold Catalyzed [2+2] Cycloaddition: Synthesis of Vinylcyclobutenes and Further Transformations’
E. de Orbe, A.M. Echavarren
Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 2018 (22), 2740-2752

‘Higher Acenes by On‐Surface Dehydrogenation: From Heptacene to Undecacene’
A. M. Echavarren, R. Zuzak, R. Dorel, M. Kolmer, M. Szymonski, S. Godlewski Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57 (33), 10500-10505

‘Gold(I)‐Catalysis for the Synthesis of Terpenoids: From Intramolecular Cascades to Intermolecular Cycloadditions’
J. G. Mayans, H. Armengol‐Relats, P. Calleja, A. M. Echavarren
Isr. J. Chem. 2018, 58 (5), 639-658

‘Variations on the Theme of JohnPhos Gold(I) Catalysts: Arsine and Carbene Complexes with Similar Architectures’
J. Carreras, A. Pereira, M. Zanini, A. Echavarren
Organometallics. 2018, 37 (20), 3588-3597

‘Cyclopropanation by Gold- or Zinc-Catalyzed Retro-Buchner Reaction at Room Temperature’
M. Mato, B. Herlé, A. M. Echavarren
Org. Lett. 2018, 20 (14), 4341-4345

‘Diastereospecific Gold(I)‐Catalyzed Cyclization Cascade for the Controlled Preparation of N‐ and N,O‐heterocycles’
A. M. Echavarren, M. E. Muratore, A. I. Knovalov, H Armengol-Relats
Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24 (58), 15613-15621

‘Total Synthesis of Repraesentin F and Configuration Reassignment by a Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cyclization Cascade’
S. Ferrer, A. M. Echavarren
Org. Lett. 2018, 20 (18), 5784–5788

‘From Straightforward Gold(I)-Catalyzed Enyne Cyclizations to more Demanding Intermolecular Reactions of Alkynes with Alkenes’
C. García-Morales, A. M. Echavarren
Synlett. 2018, 29 (17), 2225-2237

‘Role of sigma,pi-Digold(I) Alkyne Complexes in Reactions of Enynes’
S. Ferrer; A. M. Echavarren
Organometallics. 2018, 37 (5), 781–786

‘On-surface synthesis of heptacene on Ag(001) from brominated and non-brominated tetrahydroheptacene precursors’
L. Colazzo; M. S. G. Mohammed; R. Dorel; P. Nita; C. Garcia Fernandez; P. Abufager; N. Lorente; A. M. Echavarren; D. G. de Oteyza
Chem. Commun. 2018, 10260-10263

Long starphene single molecule NOR Boolean logic gate
W.H. Soe, C. Manzano, P. de Mendoza, P.R. McGonigal, A.M. Echavarren, C. Joachim
Surf. Sci. 2018, 678, 163-16


A new platform technology for the on-demand access to large acenes
ERC Proof of Concept | Ref: 837225

Química Organometàl.lica en Síntesi Orgànica
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1257

Catalizadores electrofílicos avanzados para la síntesis de sistemas complejos
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2016-75960-P

Theses Supervised

Elena de Orbe
September 14th, 2018
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
 ‘Gold-Catalyzed Intermolecular Reactions of Alkynes with Alkenes: Novel Reactivities and Global Mechanistic

Sofia Ferrer Cabrera
October 18th, 2018
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Gold Catalysis: From Fundamentals to the Synthesis of Bullvalenes and Naturally Occurring Sesquiterpenes’

Xiang Yin
November 29th, 2018
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Synthesis of Indenes and Indanes by Gold(I)-Catalyzed Decarbenation’


Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren, new RSEQ President