Prof. Arjan W. Kleij


Group Leader:
Arjan W. Kleij, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:
Ingrid Mateu

Postdoctoral Researchers:
Rui Huang (until April) / Wusheng Guo (until Feb.)

PhD Students:
José Enrique Gómez /  Aijie Cai / Jianing Xie / Alex Cristofol / Cristina Maquilón / Kun Guo / Sijing Xue / Chang Qiao / Sergio Sopeña (until Nov.) /Antonella Pizzolante (until Oct.)

Visiting Students:
Sara-Elisabeth Dechent (June-Oct.), / Michaela Marchese (April-Sept.) / Christian Böhemr (March-Sept.) / Vicente Dorado (May-July) / Maria Cozzolino (Jan.-March)


The group of Prof. Kleij focuses on the conversion of small molecules, such as CO2, into heterocyclic compounds useful in the synthesis of fine chemical and pharmaceutical products. The carboxylative conversion of these heterocycles and related structures is used to discover new stereo and enantioselective transformations with the ultimate goal of synthesizing relevant and complex molecules. In addition, biomass compounds such as terpenes are used to design different types of polyesters and polycarbonates with new properties of potential interest for industry. In this sense, the group has developed a process to prepare thermally resistant poly-lemon carbonates, as a potential alternative to free polycarbonates of BPA.


‘Self-assembly of bis-salphen compounds: from semiflexible chains to webs of nanorings’
S.V. Pyrlin, N.D.M. Hine, A.W. Kleij, M.M.D. Ramos
Soft Matter 2018, 14, 1181-1194

‘Enhanced Conductivity for Carbon Nanotube based Materials through Supramolecular Hierarchical Self-Assembly’
G.A. Zelada-Guillén, M.V. Escárcega-Bobadilla, M. Wegrzyn, E. Giménez, G. Maier, A.W. Kleij
Adv. Mater. Interfaces. 2018, 5 (9), 1701585

‘A Domino Process towards Functionally Dense Quaternary Carbons through Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Csp3-Csp3 Bond Formation’
W. Guo, R. Kuniyil, J.E. Gómez, F. Maseras, A.W. Kleij
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 3981-3987


‘Bifunctional Aminotriphenolate Complexes as One‐Component Catalysts for the ROCOP of Cyclic Anhydrides and Epoxides’
C. Martín, A. Pizzolante, E. Escudero-Adán, A.W. Kleij
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 2018 (18), 1921-1927

‘Cooperative Multi-metal Catalysis Enabling an Asymmetric Cascade toward α-Quaternary Aldehydes’
A. W. Kleij
Chem. 2018, 931-933

‘Catalytic Transformations of Functionalized Cyclic Organic Carbonates’
Guo, J. E. Gómez, À. Cristòfol, J. Xie, A.W. Kleij
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57 (42), 13735-13747

‘Organocatalyzed Domino [3+2] Cycloaddition/Payne-Type Rearrangement using Carbon Dioxide and Epoxy Alcohols’
S. Sopeña, M. Cozzolino, C. Maquilón, E.C. Escudero-Adán, M. Martínez Belmonte, A.W. Kleij
Angew Chem Int Ed. 2018, 57 (35), 11203-11207

‘Palladium-Catalyzed (Z)-Selective Allylation of Nitroalkanes: Access to Highly Functionalized Homoallylic Scaffolds’
A. Cristòfol, E.C. Escudero-Adán, A.W. Kleij
J. Org. Chem 2018, 83 (17), 9978-9990

‘Diversity‐Orientated Stereoselective Synthesis through Pd‐Catalyzed Switchable Decarboxylative C‒N/C‒S Bond Formation in Allylic Surrogates’
L. Deng, A. W. Kleij, W. Yang
Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 19156-19161

‘Domino Synthesis of Unsaturated Lactams via Stereoselective Amination of Tertiary Allylic Alcohols’
J. Xie, S. Xue, E. C. Escudero-Adán, A. W. Kleij
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57 (51), 16727-16731


Sintesis Estereo y Enantioselectiva para la Valorización de Heterociclos Funcionales
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2017-88920-P

Valorització de Molècules Petites en Síntesis fina i Formació de Biopolímers
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 232


Unveiling intermediates