The Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry’s Specialized Organometallic Chemistry Group announced the recipients of its annual awards recognizing excellence in organometallic chemistry. The Spanish organometallics community has a rich history and a close association with Organometallics, the American Chemical Society’s world-leading journal publishing organometallic chemistry research. Organometallics Editor-in-Chief Paul J. Chirik extends his congratulations to the winners of this year’s RSEQ-GEQO awards on behalf of the journal and its editorial team.
Professor Miguel Ángel Ciriano of the University of Zaragoza is the recipient of the Rafael Usón Medal. Professor Ciriano, who received his graduate training under Professor Usón, is being recognized for his role as a pioneering researcher in the field of organometallic chemistry, particularly for his innovative work on the synthesis and reactivity of rhodium and iridium complexes. His notable recent work includes catalysts for the activation and transfer of oxygen to an olefin with 100% atom economy and selective synthesis of E-enynes.
Professor Eva Hevia of the University of Bern has received the GEQO Prize for Excellence in Research for the novelty and relevance of her work on main-group metals. Her recent contributions include the use of cooperative bimetallic compounds for the activation of pharmaceutically relevant organic molecules, as well as the advancement of new methods that replace the use of toxic organic solvents with more sustainable and biorenewable systems.
Dr. Arkaitz Correa of the University of the Basque Country earned the GEQO Prize for Young Researchers. During his training, Dr. Correa has carried out innovative and important work in the development of metal-catalyzed reactions for organic synthesis. In his still short independent career, he is focusing on the functionalization of C-H bonds within peptide and heterocyclic frameworks via sustainable metal catalysis.
“On behalf of the Organometallics editorial team, I would like to congratulate these three outstanding chemists recognized with this year’s RSEQ-GEQO awards,” Professor Chirik says. “These prizes are well-deserved and reflect the quality and diversity of the organometallic chemistry carried out by Spanish researchers. We hope to see this and other outstanding chemistry from Spain in future issues of Organometallics.”
Recent ACS Publications by the 2019 RSEQ-GEQO Award Recipients:
Agostic versus Terminal Ethyl Rhodium Complexes: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study
Organometallics, 2016, 35, 5, 799-808
Nucleophilicity and P–C Bond Formation Reactions of a Terminal Phosphanido Iridium Complex
Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 2, 828-839
Trans-Metal-Trapping Meets Frustrated-Lewis-Pair Chemistry: Ga(CH2SiMe3)3-Induced C–H Functionalizations
Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 15, 8615-8626
Structurally Defined Zincated and Aluminated Complexes of Ferrocene Made by Alkali-Metal Synergistic Syntheses
Organometallics, 2015, 34, 11, 2580-2589
Co-Catalyzed C(sp3)–H Oxidative Coupling of Glycine and Peptide Derivatives
Marcos San SegundoItziar GuerreroArkaitz Correa*Orcid
Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 19, 5288-5291
Selective C(sp2)–H Halogenation of “Click” 4-Aryl-1,2,3-triazoles
Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 4, 962-965