Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren


Group Leader:

Antonio M. Echavarren

Administrative Support:

Sònia Gavaldà

Laboratory Engineer:

Imma Escofet

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Xiao-Li Pei (until February) / Miguel Peña (until February) / Dagmar Scharnagel (until July) / Xiaoming Jie / Allegra Franchino / Leonardo Nannini / Franco Della / Marc Montesinos / Rémi Blieck / Cristina García Morales

PhD Students:

Cristina García Morales (until March) / Eric Tan / Giuseppe Zuccarello / Joan G. Mayans / Margherita Zanini / Otilia Stoica / Ulysse Caniparoli / Mauro Mato / Helena Armengol / Alba H. Pérez / Inma Martín / Ana Arroyo / Eduardo García Padilla

Master Students:

Gala Ogalla / Àlex Martí Zaragoza

Summer Fellows:

Àlex Martí Zaragoza

Visiting Students:

Guilong Tian (March – Apr.) / Stefano Nejrotti (Apr. – June) / Antonia Rinaldi (May – Aug.) / J. Nepomuk Korber (Sep. – Oct.) / Stefano Nejrotti (Apr. – June)


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.



‘Decarboxylative Csp3–N Bond Formation by Electrochemical Oxidation of Amino Acids’
Shao, X.; Zheng, Y.; Tian, L.; Martín-Torres, I.; Echavarren, A. M.; Wang, Y.
Org. Lett. 2019, 21 (22), 9262-9267

‘Coinage metal complexes bearing fluorinated N-Heterocyclic carbene ligands’
Delgado-Rebollo, M.; García-Morales, C.; Maya, C.; Prieto, A.; Echavarren, A. M.; Pérez, P. J.
J. Organomet. Chem. 2019, 898, 120856

‘Gold- or Indium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Bromoalkynes with Allylsilanes through a Concealed Rearrangement’
Elena de Orbe, M.; Zanini, M.; Quinonero, O.; Echavarren, A. M.
ACS Catal. 2019, 9 (9), 7817-7822


‘Enantioselective Folding of Enynes by Gold(I) Catalysts with a Remote C2-Chiral Element’
Zuccarello, G.; Mayans, J. G.; Escofet, I.; Scharnagel, D.; Kirillova, M. S.; Pérez-Jimeno, A. H.; Calleja, P.; Boothe, J. R.; Echavarren, A. M.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (30), 11858-11863

‘From Palladium to Gold Catalysis for the Synthesis of Crushed Fullerenes and Acenes’
Dorel, R.; Echavarren, A. M.
Acc. Chem. Res. 2019, 52 (7), 1812-1823

‘Collected mass spectrometry data on monoterpene indole alkaloids from natural product chemistry research’
Fox Ramos, A. E.; Le Pogam, P.; Fox Alcover, C.; Otogo N’Nang, E.; Cauchie, G.; Hazni, H.; Awang, K.; Bréard, D; Echavarren, A. M.; Frédérich, M.; Gaslonde, T.; Girardot, M.; Grougnet, R.; Kirillova, M. S.; Kritsanida, M.; Lémus, C.; Le Ray, A. M.; Lewin, G.; Litaudon, M.; Mambu, L.; Michel, S.; Miloserdov, F. M.; Muratore, M. E.; Richomme-Peniguel, P.; Roussi, F.; Evanno, L.; Poupon, E.; Champy, P.; Beniddir, M. A.
Sci. Data 2019, 6, 15

‘Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intramolecular C(sp3)H Insertion by Decarbenation of Cycloheptatrienes’
Yin, X.; Zuccarello, G.; García-Morales, C.; Echavarren, A. M.
‎Chem. Eur. J 2019, 25 (40), 9485-9490

‘Cyclopropane-Alkene Metathesis by Gold(I)-Catalyzed Decarbenation of Persistent Cyclopropanes’
Mato, M.; Martín-Torres, I.; Herlé, B.; Echavarren, A. M.
Org Biomol Chem 2019, 17, 4216-4219

‘Synthesis of Bullvalenes: Classical Approaches and Recent Developments’
Ferrer, S.; Echavarren, A. M.
Synthesis 2019, 51 (5), 1037-1048

‘Direct Observation of Aryl Gold(I) Carbenes that Undergo Cyclopropanation, C-H Insertion, and Dimerization Reactions’
García-Morales, C.; Pei, X. L.; Sarria Toro, J. M.; Echavarren, A. M.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (12), 3957-3961

‘Donor Rhodium Carbenes by Retro‐Buchner Reaction’
Echavarren, A. M.; Mato, M.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (7), 2088-2092

‘Generation of Gold(I) Carbenes by Retro‐Buchner Reaction: From Cyclopropanes to Natural Products Synthesis’
Echavarren, A.M.; Mato, M.; García-Morales, C.
ChemCatChem 2019, 11 (1), 53-72


Bioinspired Catalytic Metallofoldamers
ERC Advanced Grant | Ref: 385080

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

Química Organometàl·lica en Síntesi Orgànicas
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1257

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


Theses Supervised

Cristina García-Morales
March 8th, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Reactivity and Characterization of Gold(I) Carbenes: Key Intermediates in Gold(I) Catalysis’

Eric Tan
December 3rd, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Late Transition Metal Catalyzed Chelation-Assisted C-H Alkynylation Reactions’



Antonio M. Echavarren obtains an ERC Advanced Grant

Golden route to semi-conductor materials