Speaker: Mª Elena Fernández Gutiérrez (more information here)
Catalytic organoBoron Chemistry Group, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Dr. Elena Fernández received her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 1991. She subsequently did graduate work in catalytic hydroformylation of sugars at the University Rovira i Virgili, from which she earned her Ph.D. in 1995. The following two years, she moved at the University of Oxford (UK) to a postdoctoral position where her studies culminated with an approach towards the first catalytic asymmetric hydroboration-amination reaction. Elena returned to Tarragona and accepted a lecturer position at the University Rovira i Virgili, becoming part of the permanent staff in 2000. She is full professor from ANECA since 2011 and obtained the National Award on Excellence of Research in Organometallic Chemistry 2014 from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. She has also been awarded on Excellence Research 2017 by RSEQ (Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry) for outstanding research achievements. Since 2018 she has got the Distinguised Professor Mention by University Rovira i Virgili. She is currently member of the scientific commitee of the Euroboron from 2010 and Advisory Board in Chemical Society Reviews (Chem. Soc. Rev.) - Royal Society of Chemistry, from 2014. Her group’s research interests are based on new concepts about activation and reactivity of borane compounds. More particularly the group is aimed to develop feasible ways of activation of diboron reagents and generate, in situ, nucleophilic boryl moieties that are able to initiate a non existing reactivity, forming new selective C-B bonds, with saturated and unsaturated compounds.