Prof. Antoni Llobet


Group Leader:

Antoni Llobet

Administrative Support:

María José Gutiérrez

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Jan Holub / Marcos Gil / Carolina Gimbert (until December) / Laura Dura (until February) / Jan C. Oldengott (until October)

PhD Students:

Primavera Pelosin/ Nataliia Vereshchuk/ Marta Ventosa, Navid Jameeimoghaddam / Sergi Grau (until June) / Md Asmaul Hoque (until June) / Andrew C. Howe (until September) / Ludovico Riccardi (until July) / Abolfazl Ghaderian (until November)

Visiting Students:

Andrew Bagnall ( eSCALED project ) (Sep. – Nov.) / Florian Dorchies (since October) / Shao-An Hua ( during Oct.) / Tingting Han

Summer Fellows:

Víctor Coca


The group of Prof. Llobet develops research in the field of redox catalysis using transition metal complexes for the oxidation and reduction of organic and inorganic substrates of technological interest. Its general objective is to understand the various factors that affect the efficiency and selectivity of the catalysts, paying special attention to the electronic structure and the spatial arrangement of the transition metals. The group focuses specifically on the catalytic oxidation of water to molecular dioxygen, taking into account the implications of this reaction for new energy conversion schemes based on artificial photosynthesis. The final objective is the generation of clean and renewable fuels with high energy density.



‘A Bpp-based dinuclear ruthenium photocatalyst for visible light-driven oxidation reactions’
Hennessey, S.; Farràs, P.; Benet-Buchholz, J.; Llobet, A.
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2019, 9, 6760-6768

‘Multi-layered photocathodes based on Cu2ZnSnSe4 absorber and MoS2 catalyst for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction’
Grau, S.; Giraldo, S.; Saucedo, E.; Morante, J. R.; Llobet, A.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.
J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 24320-24327

‘Redox Catalysis for Artificial Photosynthesis’
Sala, X.; Llobet, A.
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem 2019, 2019 (15), 2017-2019


‘Electronic, mechanistic and structural factors that influence the performance of molecular water oxidation catalysts anchored on electrode surfaces’
Garrido-Barros, P.; Matheu, R.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.; Llobet, A.
Curr. Opin. Electochem. 2019, 15, 140-147

‘The development of molecular water oxidation catalysts’
Matheu, R.; Garrido-Barros, P.; Gil-Sepulcre, M.; Ertem, M. Z.; Sala, X.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.; Llobet, A.
Nat. Rev. Chem. 2019, 3, 331-341

‘Can Ni Complexes Behave as Molecular Water Oxidation Catalysts?’
Garrido-Barros, P.; Grau, S.; Drouet, S.; Benet-Buchholz, J.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.; Llobet, A.
ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 3936–3945

‘Seven Coordinated Molecular Ruthenium–Water Oxidation Catalysts: A Coordination Chemistry Journey’
Matheu, R.; Ertem, M. Z.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.; Sala, X.; Llobet, A.
Chem. Rev. 2019, 119 (6), 3453–3471

‘Electrochemically‐Driven Water Oxidation by a Highly Active Ruthenium‐Based Catalyst’
Shatskiy, A.; Bardin, A.; Oschmann, M.; Matheu, R.; Benet-Bucholz, J.; Eriksson, L.; Kärkäs, M.; Johnston, E.; Gimbert-Suriñach, C.; Llobet, A.; Åkermark, B.
ChemSusChem 2019, 12, 2251-2262

‘Catalytic Oxidation of Water to Dioxygen by Mononuclear Ru Complexes Bearing a 2,6‐Pyridinedicarboxylato Ligand’
Hoque, A.; Benet‐Buchholz, J.; Llobet, A.; Gimbert‐Suriñach, C.
ChemSusChem. 2019, 12, 1949-1957

‘Quantum Chemical Study of the Mechanism of Water Oxidation Catalyzed by a Heterotrinuclear Ru2Mn Complex’
Li, Y. Y.; Gimbert, C.; Llobet, A.; Siegbahn, P. E. M.; Liao, R. Z.
ChemSusChem 2019, 12 (5), 1101-1110


European School on Artificial Leaf: Electrodes Devices
MSCA ITN | Ref: 765376 Web page

Grup de Catàlisi Redox
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1631

Catalizadores moleculares para la descomposición del agua por medio de la luz solar
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2016-80058-R


Theses Supervised

Asmaul Hoque
July 8th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
“A Journey towards Efficient Molecular WOCs: From Mononuclear to Polynuclear Complexes”

Sergi Grau
July 10th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
“Molecular Photoanodes and Photocathodes for Light Induced Water Splitting”