Prof. Echavarren obtained his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in 1982 with Francisco Fariña and, after a postdoctoral stay in Boston College with T. Ross Kelly, he joined the UAM as an Assistant Professor. Then, following a stay as a NATO-fellow in the group of John K. Stille at Colorado State University, he moved to the Institute of Organic Chemistry (CSIC). In 1992, he returned to the UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry and in 2004 he moved to the Institute of Chemical of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona as a Group Leader. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was the president of the 49th EUCHEM Conference on Stereochemistry (Bürgenstock conference). He received the Gold Medal of the Royal Spanish Chemical Society, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the ACS and a European Research Council Advanced Grant.
Our group has developed new cyclizations and cascade reactions based on the selective activation of alkynes with cationic gold(I) complexes1 for the construction of complex polycyclic molecules such as englerin A,2 schisanwilsonene,3 and other sesquiterpenoids.4 In this lecture, recent efforts towards the development of enantioselective cycloadditions between alkynes and alkenes6 using chiral gold(I) catalysts and […]