ICIQ researchers receive Outstanding Publication of the Year Award and “Young Investigator 2020” Prize

By April 2, 2020January 4th, 2021ICIQ

• Prof. Rubén Martín, group leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), a BIST centre, and ICREA Research Professor, has won the “2019 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award” from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters.

• Dr. Marcos García Suero, ICIQ group leader, has been recognized with the ‘Young Investigator 2020’ Prize, awarded annually by Lilly and the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ).

Prof. Rubén Martín

The 2019 Organic Letters Outstanding Publication of the Year Award is given to scientists who published, in the previous year, an outstanding letter demonstrating both creativity and impact in the field of organic chemistry.

Prof. Martín has received the award for the letter “Ni-catalyzed Reductive Deaminative Arylation at sp3 Carbon Centers.” The work describes a mild, modular and simple protocol to forge sp3 C–C bonds with an excellent chemoselectivity profile and broad substrate scope using a Ni-catalyzed reductive deaminative arylation strategy. The method can be applied to late-stage functionalization of molecules, thus providing a window to explore new structure diversity in lead drug generation. The award also includes an invitation to attend the ACS Fall National Meeting in San Francisco where Prof. Martín will give a lecture about the publication.

Prof. Martín also received an ERC Advanced Grant a few days after receiving the Outstanding Publication Award.

Congratulations Prof. Martín!

Dr. Marcos García Suero

The ‘Young Investigator’ Prize is awarded annually to distinguished young Spanish researchers under the age of 40 for their excellent scientific research and their professional projection.

Dr. García Suero’s award-winning work focuses on the development of new catalytic strategies based on carbynoid radicals, carbyne equivalents, and metal-carbynoids.

These reactive species have shown new unexplored reactivity rules with great potential in solving synthetic problems in the synthesis of complex molecules,” explains Marcos García Suero, who adds, “The potential impact of these new processes in medical chemistry has been manifested in drugs like duloxetine.”

The research programme will be funded by the European Research Council (ERC-Consolidator Grant) and will last 5 years (2020-2025).

The ‘Young Researcher 2020 Award’ includes an endowment of 3,000 euros that is usually awarded during the XXVIII Biennial Meeting of Organic Chemistry at an event organized by the RSEQ Specialized Group on Organic Chemistry. During this meeting, Dr. Marcos García Suero will give a talk entitled New catalytic carbene and carbyne transfer in organic chemistry, in which he will present new catalytic processes based on carbyne and carbyne equivalents, the use of which serves to solve important synthetic problems.

This award by Lilly and the Royal Spanish Chemistry Society (RSEQ) is a great recognition of my career as a researcher and also of the work that my team has developed in recent years. In addition, it represents yet another success of the ICIQ-CELLEX Starting Career Programme, which allowed me to start my independent career,” stated García Suero.

Congratulations Dr. García Suero!