Members

Research Leader

Jesús Campos
Curriculum

Postdoctoral Researchers

Sonia Bajo

I studied Chemistry at the University of Valladolid. Then I moved to the University of Zaragoza and  joined the group of Prof. Miguel Angel Esteruelas to work on the preparation and characterisation of organometallic and inorganic compounds and on the study of their reactivity toward organic molecules obtaining a PhD Distinction. After that, I moved to the UK as a postdoctoral researcher joining the group of Dr. David Nelson at the University of Strathclyde. My research there focused on the study of fundamental processes in cross-coupling nickel catalysis using organometallic chemistry and spectroscopic methods. Back to Spain I joined the group of  Prof. Miguel Angel Esteruelas again to work on the synthesis of iridium complexes and their application as OLEDs. In the group at sunny Sevilla since 2018, where I study transition metal / main group element cooperativity, from late 2021 I will be working in the group of Guy Bertrand at the University of California San Diego as a Marie Curie fellow.

Miquel Navarro

I studied Chemistry at the Universitat de Barcelona where I obtained my MSc in Inorganic Chemistry in 2013 under Dr. Arnald Grabulosa’s supervision. Then I moved to Switzerland for graduate studies under the supervision of Prof. Martin Albrecht at Universität Bern. I completed my PhD thesis in 2017 on the development of new Electronically Flexible Ligands for Transition Metal Catalysis. The thesis was later awarded the best PhD thesis price for the Universität Bern. In 2018 I joined Dr. Didier Bourissou group at Laboratoire Hétérochemie Fondamentale et Appliquée in Toulouse as postdoctoral fellow thanks to an Early Postdoc Mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, working on ligand design for Au(I)/Au(III) chemistry. In 2020, I joined Dr. Jesus Campos group as a Juan de la Cierva fellow to work on Frustrated Lewis Pairs based on Transition Metals for the activation of small molecules. Since 2021 I am Personal Investigador Doctor (Junta de Andalucía) in the group.

 
Juan José Moreno Díaz

I obtained my PhD in the group of Prof. Ernesto Carmona at the University of Seville, studying unusual organometallic reactivity by means of a combined experimental and computational approach. Then I joined the group of Prof. Charles Machan at the University of Virginia as a Research Associate, where I worked for two years on the development of earth-abundant CO2 reduction electrocatalysts. In 2021, I joined the Campos group as Personal Investigador Doctor (Junta de Andalucía).

 
Cyril Theulier

After getting my MSc at Ecole Normale Supérieure (University Paris-Saclay) in 2016, I joined the Dean Toste Lab (UC Berkeley) for a predoctoral year working on late stage fluorination using Gold(III) for an application in Positron Emission Tomography. Then, in 2017, I decided to move back to France to pursue my PhD in Didier Bourissou’s group at the Laboratoire d’Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée (University Paul Sabatier – Toulouse). During those years I’ve been working on ambiphilic derivatives, mainly phosphine-boranes, and on their applications as ligands in order to achieve challenging or original transformations at gold. In 2021, I joined the Campos Group as a postdoc researcher working on the design of transition metal / main group element complexes as well as on the study of their reactivity. 

 
Antonio Iglesias Nicasio

I studied chemistry at the University of Seville. Then I moved to Zaragoza and joined the group of Miguel A. Esteruelas to obtain my PhD, studying iridium and rhodium catalysts for the dehydrogenation of liquid organic hydrogen carriers. After that, I returned to Seville in 2022 to join Dr. Jesús Campos group as a postdoc researcher.

 
Jefferson Guzmán Velasco

I studied chemistry at the University of Zaragoza. There I also obtained my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Francisco J. Fernández-Alvarez and Prof. Victor Polo, studying iridium(III) complexes as catalyst precursors for the selective reduction of CO2 with silanes. In summer 2022, I joined Dr. Jesús Campos group as a postdoctoral researcher.

PhD students

Macarena González Alférez 

I am a Chemistry graduate from the University of Sevilla, currently a first-year PhD student working on Frustrated Lewis Pairs based on Transition Metals for bond activation and catalysis applications. I previously carried out my Masters project (TFM) in the group, also working with TM-FLPs.

Emmanuel Serrano Díez 

I am working on my PhD thesis in the project Cooperative Catalysts Transition Metals – Main Group Element: To a New Catalysis Paradigm (CoopMix). I carried out my Masters project in the Organic Chemistry group of the University of Cadiz working on the synthesis of bioactive hybrid molecules using novel ruthenium catalysts.

 
Marta Fernández Buenestado 

I am a Chemistry graduate from the University of Zaragoza, where I also obtained my Master’s degree in Molecular Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis. Currently, I am working on my PhD thesis both experimentally and computationally with cooperative organometallic complexes based on transition metals and main group elements.

 
Enrique Soto Santiago 

I studied my B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the Humboldt University of Berlin. After completing my Master’s thesis in the group of Prof. Christian Limberg on nickel siloxide complexes as molecular models for solid catalysts, I joined the Campos group in August 2021 to study the cooperative reactivity of transition metal/main group element systems.

 

Alejandra Pita Milleiro

In 2021, I graduated in Chemistry and Materials Engineering from the University of Seville, from which I also obtained a Master’s in Chemistry in 2022. My research interests include organometallic synthesis, computational chemistry and electrochemistry, and I am currently pursuing my PhD as a La Caixa Doctoral INPhINIT Retaining fellow.

Helena Corona

I graduated in chemistry in 2021 at the Universidad de Sevilla where I also got my master’s degree in 2022. Currently I´m doing my PhD in the Campos group where I study the functionalization of small molecules using bimetallic compounds.

Visiting students

Jesús Rangel

I am a PhD student from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Markus Holzapfel

I am doing a short stay in the Campos group through the Erasmus+ program, in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences Krems (Vienna, Austria).

Diana Dabravolskaya

I am doing a short stay in the Campos group through the Erasmus+ program, in partnership with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Poland).

Paweł Ulatowski

I am doing a short stay in the Campos group through the Erasmus+ program, in partnership with the Wrocław University of Science and Technology (Poland).

 
Alejandro Bara

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2017 from the University of Zaragoza, a master’s in 2018 from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) and master’s in 2019 from Cardiff University. I’ve just finished my PhD investigating hydroformylation reactions by FlowNMR spectroscopy at the University of Bath.

 
Till Kalkuhl

I recently finished my masters studies in the Group of Dr. Terrance Hadlington at the Technical University Munich. Before starting my PhD early next year within the Hadlington group, I’m doing a short term stay within the Campos group founded by the international internship program of TUM for recent graduates. Within my time here I’m going to work on a joined project of the Campos group and the Hadlington group focusing on FLPs at the Group 13 Transition Metal interface, moving towards catalysis and small molecule functionalization.

 
 

Master and undergraduate students

Pablo Sahagún

I am a MSc student in Advanced Chemistry Studies at the University of Seville. I have been carrying out some undergraduate research in Campos Group while studying at the University, obtaining my BSc in 2022. I am about to start my Master’s thesis on cooperative organometallic complexes based on main group elements and transition metals.

 

Project Manager

Marta Roselló

I have a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry and an MSc in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. I have worked as a postdoc in Edinburgh and York (UK) and now I am trying my hand at Project Management.

 

Former members

  • Felipe de la Cruz Martínez – Postdoc 2021 – 2022, currently Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Castilla – La Mancha
  • Juan Miranda Pizarro – PhD student 2017-2022, currently a postdoc in the group of Petra Vasko at the University of Helsinki
  • Marina Pérez Jiménez – PhD student 2017-2021, currently a postdoc in the group of Mark Crimmin at Imperial College London
  • Nereida Hidalgo Reinoso – PhD student 2017-2021, currently a postdoc in the group of Didier Bourissou at Toulouse
  • Rosemarie Somerville – Postdoc 2020-2021, currently a postdoc in the group of Paul Dyson at Lausanne