“It is very humbling to be the recipient of the 2018 Banc Sabadell Foundation Award for Sciences and Engineering. This recognition, however, is nothing else but a collective effort for all the contributions that my group has made through the years. Their perseverance, diligence and ambition are, beyond any reasonable doubt, key contributory factors to our success. I would also like to thank my wife and two little children for being the pillar of my strength and for their unrestricted support, love and patience.”
These heartfelt words are Prof. Rubén Martín’s, ICREA Professor and Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), one of the BIST centres. The award will be officially presented to him at an awards dinner on July 18th.
Martín works in the development of new metal-catalyzed methodologies for the activation of CO2 for the synthesis of relevant molecules such as carboxylic acids. These molecules are fundamental in many pharmaceutical products and other compounds of industrial interest. His work has been published in Nature.
The Banc Sabadell Foundation Science and Engineering Award, aims to encourage and reward excellent work in the field of sciences and engineering by Spanish researchers. It shows the Foundation’s commitment to promote and support young talent and innovation. This award is a collaboration between the Banc Sabadell Foundation and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology.
More information can be found through the links below:
News on ICIQ website
News on Banc Sabadell Foundation website
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