Advanced Training

ICIQ has a strong commitment to offer training programmes for undergraduates, graduate students and doctoral researchers. We prepare a new generation of researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in chemical research. We are convinced that an integral education beyond chemistry is crucial to achieve outstanding research results and fruitful life achievements.

Training Programmes

The ICIQ Graduate Student Programme ICIQ’s PhD student programme is at the core of our commitment to education. We foster graduate students in their path to think, design and execute a research project under the supervision and mentoring of an ICIQ Group Leader. The programme targets highly qualified and talented graduate students with an enthusiastic interest in chemical research and has been successful in attracting students from all over the world.

In 2019 we launched four calls of our PhD Fellowship Programme. A total of 14 graduate students joined ICIQ through ICIQ’s fellowship programme. We also incorporated PhD students through other funding calls: 3 FI (AGAUR); 2 FPU (MECD); 1 Estancias breves FPU(MECD); 3 FPI (MICIU); 1 Mobility Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD);  2 Industrial Doctorate DI (AGAUR) and 1 PREBIST (Cofound- BIST).

PhD theses defended in 2019

Thesis titleSupervisors
Franziska S. Hegner
Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Prussian Blue-Type Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis Prof. Núria López / Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Cristina García Morales
Reactivity and Characterization of Gold(I) Carbenes: Key Intermediates in Gold(I) Catalysis Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
Sofia Paulo Mirasol Optoelectronics properties of Quantum Dots for biomedicine and energy-to-light Prof. Emilio Palomares
Cristina Rodríguez Seco
Low-molecular Weight Organic Semiconductors for Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells Prof. Emilio Palomares
Lijuan Han
Electrochemical Oxidation of Water and Formate Promoted by Prussian Blue Analogues for Electricity Storage and Generation Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós
Asmaul Hoque
A Journey towards Efficient Molecular WOCs: From Mononuclear to Polynuclear Complexes Prof. Antoni Llobet / Dr. Carolina Gimbert
Sergi Grau Abarca
Molecular Photoanodes and Photocathodes for Light Induced Water Splitting Prof. Antoni Llobet
Juan José Corral
Continuous hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to formates and formic acid over heterogeneous catalysts Prof. Atsushi Urakawa
Ilario Gelmetti
Advanced Characterization and Modeling of Charge Transfer in Perovskite Solar Cells Prof. Emilio Palomares
17.07Lucas Carreras Supramolecular Catalysis: Halogen Bonding and Regulation Strategies Applied to Hydroboration and C-H Functionalization Reactions
Prof. Anton Vidal
Carla Casadevall
Mechanistic Studies of Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Homogeneous Iron and Ruthenium Complexes and Light-driven Organic Reductions with a Dual Cobalt/Copper Catalytic System
Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol
Giulia Moncelsi
Stimuli-responsive host-guest systems decorated with hemithioindigo and spiropyran units Prof. Pablo Ballester
12.09 José Enrique Gómez
Stereoselective Synthesis of Sulfones and Amino Acids from Functionalized HeterocyclesProf. Arjan W. Kleij
Ana García Herraiz
New Carbon Reactivity Rules with Radical Carbenoids and Carbyne Equivalents by Photoredox CatalysisDr. Marcos García Suero
Sara Cuadros
Exploiting Organocatalysis in Photochemical Processes Prof. Paolo Melchiorre
Adiran de Aguirre
Non-innocent Ligands: From Proton Shuttle to Photo-Activation Prof. Feliu Maseras
24.10 Giandomenico Magagnano
Photochemical Processes Enabled by the Direct Excitation of Organic Intermediates Prof. Paolo Melchiorre
Nathan Daelman
Theoretical investigations into single-atom catalysts on cerium dioxide: deposition and activation
Prof. Núria López
Luis Escobar
Molecular Recognition in Organic Solvents and Water Using Receptors Based on Calix[4]pyrrole Scaffolds Prof. Pablo Ballester
31.10 Lluis Llorens Preparation of Cucurbiturils (Cbs) Immobilized on Iron Oxide Magnetic Nanoparticles (Mnps) for Application in Selective Complexation and Catalysis Prof. Miquel À. Pericàs
8.11 Ana Mateo Computational Studies of C-B Bond Formation Reactions Prof. Carles Bo
18.11 Shaofei Ni The Role of Copper in Homogeneous Catalysis: Single Electron Transfer and BeyondProf. Feliu Maseras
22.11 Jesús Jiménez López Analysis of the Different Kinetic Processes in Perovskite Solar Cells Prof. Emilio Palomares
22.11 Alexandra Bosnidou New Methodology for C-N Bond Formation within Iodine Redox ManifoldsProf. Kilian Muñiz
25.11 Yiting Gu C-H & C-O Functionalization by Silicon-Heteroatom Interelement Linkage Prof. Rubén Martín
3.12 Eric Tan Visible Light Photoredox Promoted Transformations of Inert Chemical Bonds Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren
12.12 Aijie Cai Pd-catalyzed Allylic Substitution for the Construction of Quaternary StereocentersProf. Arjan W. Kleij
18.12 Andrea Moneo Bistable Molecular Materials: Triazole-based Coordination Chemistry of First Row Transition Metals Prof. José Ramón Galán-Mascarós

Postdoctoral researchers at ICIQ have an outstanding opportunity to develop their research career in a collaborative and international environment. We believe in empowering postdoctoral researchers and strengthening their leadership skills. In 2019 we succeeded in obtaining three Marie Curie Sklodowska Actions – Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) grants. Moreover, ICIQ benefited from one Beatriu de Pinós (AGAUR) and four postdoctoral grants from the COFOUND programme PROBIST (BIST).

We participated in two Master programmes. The URV/ICIQ Master in Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Design provides scientific training in the design of new methods of synthesis, development of catalysts, computational design and management of environmentally friendly chemical processes. The Master also focuses on providing the skills needed to address research and development tasks and innovative activities in the industry. Eleven ICIQ Master students were awarded one of the institute’s master projects fellowships. We also participated in the Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (BIST-UPF), which provides in-depth hands-on research training in multiple fields. Students undertake a 6-month major project, and a 10-week minor project in two different research disciplines in different BIST centers. Two ICIQ students obtained grants to pursue the BIST-UPF master programme.

ICIQ Summer Internship Programme brings together outstanding undergraduate students who make the most of their Summer holidays by working in one of ICIQ’s research groups during the months of July, August and September. In 2019, ten students from different countries were awarded one of our summer fellowships to carry out research projects in several groups at the centre. Since 2011, 27 summer fellows have joined ICIQ to carry out master or doctoral studies.
The ICIQ Summer Fellowships Programme is sponsored by Fundació Bancària La Caixa.


Transferable Skills Courses

How to be an effective researcher
New PhD studentsEnhance the effectiveness of postgraduate researchers by providing them with an opportunity to build their understanding, skills and confidence in communication, planning and time management, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness. Help researchers to have a greater self-awareness of learning and working styles.Vitae - BIST
Dynamic Light ScatteringICIQ researchers
The aim of the workshop is to give support to users of the Heterogeneous Catalysis equipment.
Internal (Georgiana Stoica)
Managing myself & working with my team
Postdoctoral researchersDevelop a conceptual framework to understand and deal with some of the most common challenges that postdocs face. Acquire a set of practical tools and methods that are immediately applicable in the participants’ working environment.The Papermill
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Techniques available in the ChromTae unitICIQ researchersThe workshop is devoted to practical Simona Currelli (ChromTAE unit)
Heterogeneous Catalysis Unit Seminar
ICIQ researchersThe aim of the workshop is to give support to the users of the EMX Micro EPR (from Bruker) equipment.Internal (Georgiana Stoica)
Effective scientific oral presentationsICIQ researchersThe aim of this workshop is to improve the oral communication competence, for preparing better presentationsFundació Dr. Antoni Esteve
Leadership in Action
Postdoctoral researchersThis workshop allows researchers to explore and develop their leadership skills. Participants have the opportunity to look at relevant theory, to practice their unique leadership styles and to receive feedback.Vitae - BIST
RSA general overviewNew researchers
Regular sessions for new researchers about ICIQ instrumentation facilities.Internal (Gisela Colet)
IP Management at ICIQ
ICIQ researchersIntroduce the existing forms of IP titles and the way IP is managed at ICIQ.Internal (Fred Ratel)
Introduction to Research Integrity Provide knowledge about key aspects for a responsible conduct of research.Maruxa Martínez (PRBB)
How to survive a PhDNew PhD studentsEnhance the effectiveness of the new PhD students by providing them with an opportunity to improve the following skills: communication, teambuilding, conflict resolution, time management, project management, and creativity.Internal (HR Unit)
From science to business
BIST researchersProvide researchers with the tools to launch a new business exploiting scientific or technical knowledge.ESADE - BIST
PhD students
GRADschools are experiential learning courses designed to develop the transferable skills of postgraduate researchers. Many researchers who attend the course have a transformational experience, empowered to take charge of their own learning and career.Vitae – ICIQ - BIST
RMN workshop
ICIQ researchersPresent of all NMR resources available in the intranet.Internal (Gabriel González)
Leadership and management skills for senior postdocs
Postdoctoral researchersImprovement of collaboration and (self) organizational skills.
Learn and practice useful tools to advance in the career in science and be encouraged to establish and maintain a peer support group.

HFP Consulting - BIST
Leadership and management skills for senior PI
Group leadersAimint at improve the communication, collaboration and leadership skills; at provide useful tools for balancing the roles of manager, leader, scientist; conflict resolution. and negotiation; acquire skills in order to make and communicate hard decisions; and analyze how to actively shape the culture of science at their institution.

HFP Consulting - BIST
High Throughput Experimentation
ICIQ researchersDr. Anna Bellomo and Xisco Caldentey (HTE unit)
Mass Spectrometry seminar
ICIQ researchersThe seminar was focused on the following topics: basic aspects of mass spectrometry and guidelines to be followed by all MS Unit usersInternal (Noemi Cabello)
LC/SFC chiral separation
ICIQ researchersDr. Pilar Franco-Chiral Technologies
Good practices in the laboratoryICIQ researchersMettler Toledo
Basic concepts of Pharmaceutical Solid State DevelopmentICIQ researchersExplain different techniques you can use to obtain single crystals of your compounds. At the end of the seminar a few crystallization experiments starting from the melt will be performed.Internal (Dr. Jordi Benet and Jordi Cerón, Crysforma)