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.

 
Rosie Somerville

After getting my MSc in Prof. John Spencer’s group at Victoria University of Wellington, I decided to move from New Zealand to the other side of the planet – to Tarragona, Spain – to do my PhD in the group of Prof. Ruben Martin. After working on understanding the mechanisms of nickel-catalysed reactions developed by the Martin group, I joined the Campos group as a postdoc in March 2020 to work on combining transition metals with heavier group 14 elements to obtain cooperative reactivity.

 
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. 

 
Felipe de la Cruz

I studied chemistry at University of Extremadura where I got my bachelor thesis on the synthesis of new platinum and palladium complexes as potential chemotherapeutic agents. Then, I joined the group of Prof. Agustín Lara at University of Castilla-La Mancha where I completed my PhD thesis on the carbon dioxide utilisation for the synthesis of industrial valuable products. During my PhD, I also carried out a stay in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at University of York under the supervision of Prof. Michael North, working on the synthesis of carbamates as a building blocks for the preparation of biobased polymers. In 2021, I have joined Dr. Jesús Campos group to work on the development of Frustrated Lewis Pairs based on transition metal and main group elements for the activation of small molecules.

PhD students

Marina Pérez Jiménez (shared with Prof. Carmona)

I graduated in Chemistry in 2016, obtaining the University of Sevilla Extraordinary Prize. The following year I completed my Master Thesis on Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis and in late 2017 I was awarded a FPU Fellowship to conduct my PhD studies under the supervision of Jesús Campos and Ernesto Carmona. I am currently enjoying the beauty and friskiness of multiply bonded dimolibdenum complexes.

Juan Miranda (Juanín)

I am working on my PhD thesis in the Organometallic Chemistry and Homogeneous Catalysis group in a thrilling project based on intercluster and supramolecular chemistry since January 2017. I was previously associated to the Mechanochemistry and Materials Reactivity group for my End of Degree project (Chemistry Degree) and my Master Thesis (Master Degree in Materials Science).

 

Nereida Hidalgo Reinoso

I am a third-year PhD student, loving the craziness of Organometallic Chemistry. I am currently developing Frustrated Lewis Pairs based on Transition Metals for the activation of small molecules.

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 in my first year of PhD working 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.

Undergraduate students

Alejandra Pita Milleiro

I graduated in Chemistry and Materials Engineering in 2021. After doing my TFG in the group of Dr Campos studying the non-innocent role of Cp* ligands, I continue doing research in the group with a JAE fellowship as I finish my Masters studies.