Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol


 Group Leader:

Julio Lloret-Fillol, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Beatriz Martin 

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Noufal Kandoth / Ekaterina Smirnova( until January) / Federico Franco (until April) / Suvendu S. Mondal (until July)/ Alberto Bucci / Sergio Gonell (since August) / Carla Casadevall (July – Sep.)

PhD Students:

Carla Casadevall (until July) / Klaudia Micheliszyn / Miguel Claros / Sergio Fernández / Geyla C. Dubed / Jordi Aragón / Luis Gutiérrez / David Pascual.

Master students:

Suyun Sun (since October)

Visiting Students:

Phebe van Langevelde (ERASMUS) (since November)

Summer Fellows:

Pavle Stojkovic (July – Sep.)


The group of Prof. Lloret-Fillol is inspired by nature to address fundamental issues with great technological potential that remain unresolved. Currently, the group intends to transfer concepts of artificial photosynthesis to organic synthesis, to carry out enderzoic transformations using sunlight as a driving force and to drive the development of new and more environmentally-friendly methodologies for the transformation of organic molecules. In this regard, the group has developed biomimetic catalysts based on abundant metals for the reduction of water and CO2, catalysts that are also highly active in the photocatalytic reduction of organic compounds as well as in the activation of C-X links.


‘Cobalt Amide Imidate Imidazolate Frameworks as Highly Active Oxygen Evolution Model Materials’
Bucci, A.; Sekhar Mondal, S.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Shafir, A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, 2 (12), 8930-8938

‘Octahedral Iron (IV)-Tosylimido Complexes Exhibiting Single Electron-Oxidation Reactivity’
Sabenya, G.; Gamba, I.; Gomez, L.; Clémancey, M.; Frisch, J.; Klinker, E.; Blondin, G.; Torelli, S.; Que, L.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Latour, J. M.; Lloret Fillol, J.; Costas, M.
Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 9513-9529

‘Visible-Light Reductive Cyclization of Nonactivated Alkyl Chlorides’
Claros, M.; Casitas, A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Synlett 2019, 30 (13), 1496-1507


‘Improved Electro- and Photocatalytic Water Reduction by Confined Cobalt Catalysts in Streptavidin’
Call, A.; Casadevall, C.; Romero-Rivera, A.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Joseph Sommer, D.; Osuna, S.; Ghirlanda, G.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 5837-5846

‘Water oxidation catalysis with well-defined molecular iron complexes’
Casadevall, C.; Bucci, A.; Costas, M.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Adv. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 74, 151-196

‘Advances in the Electrochemical Catalytic Reduction of CO2 with Metal Complexes’
Franco, F.; Fernandez, S.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Curr. Opin. electrochemistry 2019, 15, 109-117

‘Water oxidation at base metal molecular catalysts’
Lloret-Fillol, J.; Costas, M.
Adv. Organomet. Chem. 2019, 71, 1-52

‘Reductive Cyclization of Unactivated Alkyl Chlorides with Tethered Alkenes under Visible‐Light Photoredox Catalysis’
Claros, M.; Ungeheuer, F.; Franco, F.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Casitas, A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (15), 1869-1874

‘Non-Noble Metal Catalysis: Molecular Approaches and Reactions– Editors Bert Klein Gebbink and Marc-Etienne Moret’
Codolà, Z.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Costas, M.
«Catalytic water oxidation with 3d metal complex», Wiley, 2019

‘Design of Iron Coordination Complexes as Highly Active Homogenous Water Oxidation Catalysts by Deuteration of Oxidation-Sensitive Sites’
Codolà, Z.; Gamba, I.; Acuña-Parés, F.; Casadevall, C.; Clémancey, M.; Latour, J.M.; Luis, J. M.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Costas, M.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (1), 323-333


Lloret-Fillol Research Group
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1647

An Artificial Leaf: a photo-electro-catalytic cell from earth-abundant materials for sustainable solar production of CO2-based chemicals and fuels
Collaborative Projects | Ref: 732840 Web page

Reduciones Químicas mediadas por la luz de combustibles a compuestos solares
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2016-80038-R

C-H Activation in Organic Synthesis
COST-European Cooperation in Science and Technology | Ref: EU Cost Action 15106 Web page

Towards a Greener Reduction Chemistry by Using Cobalt Coordination Complexes as Catalysts and Light-driven Water Reduction as a Source of Reductive Equivalents
ERC Consolidator Grant | Ref: 648304

ICIQ Starting Career Programme
CELLEX-ICIQ, Ministerio, Severo Ochoa | Ref: ICIQ-SCP


Theses Supervised

Carla Casadevall
July 22nd, 2019
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Mechanistic Studies of Water Oxidation Catalyzed by Homogeneous Iron and Ruthenium Complexes and Light-driven Organic Reductions with a Dual Cobalt/Copper Catalytic System’



Enlightening how to escape bottlenecks in solar fuel production

Controversy over molecularity of catalysts solved