Prof. Ruben Martin


Group Leader:

Ruben Martin, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Ingrid Mateu

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Hongfei Yin / Yaya Duan / Jacob Davies / Jessica Giacoboni / José Tiago Menezes / Liang Xu / Victoria Rendon / Basudev Sahoo / Daniel Janssen Muller (until April) / Yang Yang (until January) 

PhD students:

Andreu Tortajada / Raul Martin / Shang-Zheng Sun / Bradley Higginson / Fei Cong / Craig Day / Laura Talavera / Carlota Odena / Marino Börjesson / Rosie Somerville / Yiting Gu

Visiting students:

Philipp Spieb (since September) / Pascale Eisele (Oct. – Dec.) / Jonas Elfert (Feb. – Dec.) / Yutaka Tanji (Sep. – Nov.) / Johanes Grobshopt (Jan. – Mar.)


Research by the group of Prof. Martín focuses on discovering the potential of the catalytic functionalization of raw materials for the synthesis of valuable compounds from simple and abundant precursors. Recently, they have described a catalytic technology capable of fixing carbon dioxide in saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons to prepare fatty acids, key building blocks in the manufacture of polymers, detergents, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.


‘A Dual Catalytic Platform for Enabling sp3 α C–H Arylation & Alkylation of Benzamides’
Yin, H.; Xu, L.; Giacoboni, J.; Martin, R.; Romano, C.; Martin, R.
ChemRxiv 2019

‘Site-selective catalytic deaminative alkylation of unactivated olefins’
Sun, S. Z.; Romano, C.; Martin, R.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (41), 16197-16201

‘Catalytic Decarboxylation/Carboxylation Platform for Accessing Isotopically Labeled Carboxylic Acids’
Tortajada, A.; Duan, Y.; Sahoo, B.; Cong, F.; Toupalas, G.; Sallustrau, A.; Loreau, O.; Audisio, D.; Martin, R.
ACS Catal. 2019, 9 (7), 5897-5901



‘Site‐Selective, Remote sp3 C–H Carboxylation Enabled by the Merger of Photoredox and Nickel Catalysis’
Sahoo, B.; Bellotti, P.; Juliá-Hernández, F.; Meng, Q. Y.; Crespi, S.; König, B.; Martin, R.
Chem.: Eur. J 2019, 25 (38), 9001-9005

‘Ni-catalyzed Reductive Deaminative Arylation at sp3 Carbon Centers’
Martin-Montero, R.; Reddy Yatham, V.; Yin, H.; Davies, J.; Martin, R.
Org. Lett. 2019, 21 (8), 2947-2951

‘N-Containing Heterocycles on Demand by Merging Ni Catalysis and Photoredox PCET’
Börjesson, M.; Tortajada, A.; Martin, R.
Chem 2019, 5 (2), 254-256

‘Base‐Mediated Defluorosilylation of sp2 & sp3 C–F Bonds’
Liu, X. W.; Zarate, C.; Martin, R.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (7), 2064-2068

‘A Mild and Direct Site-Selective sp2 C–H Silylation of (Poly)Azines’
Gu, Y.; Shen, Y.; Zarate, C.; Martin, R.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (1), 127-132


Late-stage catalytic carboxylation techniques wiht labelled carbon dioxide: new opportunities for radiolabelling
ERC Proof of Concept | Ref: 755251

Nickel-catalyzed bond-formation reactions with native functional groups
Ministerio | Ref: PGC2018-096839-B-I00

Grup d’Activació Catalítica d’Enllaços Inerts
AGAUR | Ref: SGR 938

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


Theses Supervised

Yiting Gu
November 25th, 2019
Universitat Rovira I Virgili
“C-H & C-O Functionalization by Silicon-Heteroatom Interelement Linkages”



From carbon dioxide to fine chemicals