Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Luis A. Oro
Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea
Inorganic Chemistry Chair Professor
University of Zaragoza-CSIC
Zaragoza-50009, Spain

Phone: +34-976-761143.
E-mail: oro@unizar.es


 

 

Luis A. Oro obtained his Ph. D. in 1970 from the University of Zaragoza. He carried out his postdoctoral studies at Cambridge University, from 1972 to 1973. He has served on the faculties of the University of Zaragoza, Madrid Complutense, and Santander, and became chair professor of Inorganic Chemistry in Zaragoza in 1982. He has been the head of the Instituto Universitario de Catálisis Homogénea (2004-2013). He has been Visiting Professor at several European Universities and, since 2010 he is Visiting Chair Professor at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals.

 

His main research interests are in coordination and organometallic chemistry of platinum group metals where he has co-authored well over 500 scientific papers on synthesis, reaction mechanisms, homogeneous catalysis, and written several reviews and books. He was co-author of "Homogeneous Hydrogenation" (Kluwer, 1994) and co-editor of “Iridium Complexes in Organic Transformations” (Wiley-VCH, 2009) and "Metal Clusters in Chemistry" (Wiley-VCH, 1999). He has also published various papers and books in the area of research and science policy.

 

Named "Highly Cited Researcher" in the field of Chemistry by ISI Web of Knowledge (2001). He is, or has been, a member of the editorial board of several scientific publications dealing with homogenous catalysis and inorganic and organometallic chemistry such as Angewandte Chemie, Organometallics or European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. He is co-chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemCatChem and Series Editor of Topics in Organometallic Chemistry. He is President of the ChemPubSoc partnership for the European Journals of Inorganic (EurJIC) and Organic Chemistry (EurJOC) and ChemCatChem. He has been invited lecturer at many relevant conferences, including being the chairman of the VI European Conference on Inorganic Chemistry (2000), the 13th International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (2002), the XXII International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (2006) and the Symposium on Metal Transition Homogenous Catalysis at the 43rd IUPAC Congress (2011).

 

He has received several distinctions and prizes (National Research Prize for Chemistry, 2007; Research Prize and Medal of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry, 2007; Zaragoza Gold Medal, 2007; Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Rennes I, 2005; Sacconi Medal, 2003; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, 2003; Elhuyar-Goldsmidt Lecturership, 2002; Aragón Prize, 2001; Betancourt-Perronet Prize, 2001; King "Jaime I" Prize, 1999; Pacific NorthWest Inorganic Lecturership; 1998; Sabatier-Catalan Prize, 1997; Humboldt Research Award, 1995; Solvay Prize, 1989). He is member of the National Academies of Germany and France (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and Académie des Sciences), the European Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has been President of the European Association for Chemistry and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) (2008-2011). He has also served in high level positions in the Spanish science administration as well as vice-president of the European Science Foundation.

 

 

A selection of Scientific Papers (since 2000)

 

R. Castarlenas, A. Di Giuseppe, J.J. Pérez-Torrente and L.A. Oro.

The emergence of transition metal-mediated hydrothiolation of unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds: a mechanistic outlook.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52, 211-222 (2013).

 

I. Mena, E. A. Jaseer, M. A. Casado, P. García-OrduĖa, F. J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro.

Terminal and bridging parent amido 1,5-cyclooctadiene complexes of rhodium and iridium.

Chem. Eur. J., 19, 5665-5676 (2013).

 

R. Azpíroz, A. Di Giuseppe, R. Castarlenas, J.J. Pérez-Torrente and L.A. Oro.

Novel Access to 4H-quinolizines from 2-vinylpyridine and alkynes promoted by rhodium-N-heterocyclic carbene catalysts.

Chem. Eur. J., 19, 3812-3816 (2013).

 

R. Lalrempuia, M. Iglesias, V. Polo, P.J. Sanz Miguel, F.J. Fernández-Alvarez, J. J. Pérez-Torrente and L.A. Oro.

Effective fixation of CO2 by iridium-catalysed hydrosilylation.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, 12824-12827 (2012).

 

I. Mena, M.A. Casado, V. Polo, P. García-OrduĖa, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.

The dehydrogenation of alcohols through a concerted bimetallic mechanism involving an amido-bridged diiridium complex.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51, 8259-8263 (2012).

 

A. Di Giuseppe, R. Castarlenas, J.J. Pérez-Torrente, M. Crucianelli, V. Polo, R. Sancho, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.

Ligand-controlled regioselectivity in the hydrothiolation of alkynes by rhodium N-Heterocyclic carbene catalysts.

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 8171-8183 (2012).

 

I. Mena, M.A. Casado, P. García-OrduĖa, V. Polo, F.J. Lahoz, A. Fazal and L.A. Oro.

Direct access to parent amido complexes of rhodium and iridium through N-H activation of ammonia.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50, 11735-11738 (2011).

 

A. Di Giuseppe, R. Castarlenas, J.J. Pérez-Torrente, F.J. Lahoz, V. Polo, and L.A. Oro.

Mild and selective H/D exchange at the b-position of aromatic a-olefins by N-heterocyclic carbene-hydride-rhodium catalysts.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,  50, 3938-3942 (2011).

 

J. Langer, W. Imhof, M.J. Fabra, P. García-OrduĖa, H. Görls, F.J. Lahoz, L.A. Oro, and M. Westerhausen.

Reversible CO2 fixation by iridium(I) complexes containing Me2PhP as ligand.

Organometallics, 29, 1642-1651 (2010).

 

M.V Jiménez, J.J. Pérez-Torrente, M.I. Bartolomé, F.J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro

Rational design of efficient rhodium catalysts for the anti-Markovnikov oxidative amination of styrene.

Chem. Commun., 46, 5322-5324 (2010).

 

A. Alvarez, R. Macías, J. Bould, C. Cunchillos, F.J. Lahoz, M.J. Fabra and L.A. Oro.

Alkyne-promoted H2-loss in a metallaborane: nido-to-closo cluster transformation and sp C-H bond oxidative addition.

Chem. Eur. J., 15, 5428-5431 (2009).

 

J.J. Pérez-Torrente, M.V. Jiménez, M.A.F. Hernandez-Gruel, M.J. Fabra, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.

On the synthesis and chemical behaviour of the elusive bis(hydrosulfido)-bridged dinuclear rhodium(I) complexes [Rh(m-SH)(CO)(PR3)]2.

Chem. Eur. J., 15, 12212-12222 (2009).

 

A. Alvarez, R. Macías, J. Bould, M.J. Fabra, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.
Alkene hydrogenation on an 11-vertex rhodathiaborane with full cluster participation.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 11455-11466 (2008).

 

M.V. Jiménez, J.J. Pérez-Torrente, M.I. Bartolomé, V. Gierz, F.J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro.
Rhodium(I) complexes with hemilabile N-heterocyclic carbenes: efficient alkyne hydrosilylation catalysts.
Organometallics, 27, 224-234 (2008).

 

C. Tejel, M.A. Ciriano, J.A. López, S. Jiménez, M. Bordonaba and L.A. Oro.
One-electron versus two-electron mechanisms in the oxidative-addition reactions of chloroalkanes to amido-bridged rhodium complexes.
Chem. Eur. J., 13, 2044-2053 (2007).

 

M. Martín, E. Sola, S. Tejero, J.L. Andrés, and L.A. Oro.
Mechanistic investigation on imine hydrogenation catalyzed by cationic iridium complexes.
Chem. Eur. J., 4043-4056 (2006).

 

M. Martín, E. Sola, S. Tejero, J.A. López, and L.A. Oro.
Mechanistic investigation on imine hydrogenation catalyzed by dinuclear iridium complexes.
Chem. Eur. J., 4057-4068 (2006).

 

M. Martín, O. Torres, E. OĖate, E. Sola and  L.A. Oro.
C-H Activations at iridium(I) square-planar complexes promoted by a fifth ligand.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 18074-18084 (2005).

 

D. Carmona, M. P.Lamata, F. Viguri, R. Rodríguez, L. A. Oro, F. J. Lahoz, A. I. Balana, T. Tejero and P. Merino.
Enantioselective 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of nitrones to methacrolein catalyzed by (η5-C5Me5)M{(R)-Prophos} containing complexes (M = Rh, Ir; (R)-Prophos = 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane): on the origin of the enantioselectivity.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 127, 13386-13398 (2005).

 

F.E. Hahn, C. Holtgrewe, T. Pape, M. Martín, E. Sola and L.A. Oro.
Iridium complexes with N-allyl-substituted benzimidazol-2-ylidene ligands and their application in catalytic transfer hydrogenation.
Organometallics, 24, 2203-2209 (2005).

 

J. Navarro, E. Sola, M. Martín, I.T. Dobrinovitch, F.J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro.
C−H Activation and C−C coupling reactions in 2-vinylpyridine cationic complexes of iridium.
Organometallics, 23, 1908-1917 (2004).

 

L.A. Oro, M.A. Ciriano, C. Tejel, M. Bordonaba, C. Graiff and A. Tiripicchio.
Heteronuclear rhodium, palladium, platinum and gold organoimido complexes from dinuclear organoamido rhodium precursors.
Chem. Eur. J., 708-715 (2004).

 

J. Navarro, M. Sági, E. Sola, F.J. Lahoz, I.T. Dobrinovitch, A. Katho, F. Joó and L.A. Oro.
Unusual 1-alkyne dimerization/hydrogenation sequences catalyzed by [IrH2(NCCH3)3(PiPr3}]BF4: evidence for homogeneous-like mechanism in imidazolium salts.
Adv. Synth. Catal., 345, 280-288 (2003).

 

C. Tejel, M.A. Ciriano, B.E. Villarroya, J.A. López, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.
A novel hexanuclear chain.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42, 529-532 (2003).

 

D. Carmona, M.P. Lamata, F. Viguri, I. Dobrinovich, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.
On the sense of the enantioselection in hydrogen transfer reactions from 2-propanol to ketones.
Adv. Synth. Catal., 344, 495-498 (2002).

 

Y. Yuan, M.V. Jiménez, E. Sola, F.J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro.
Sequential C-H activation and dinuclear insertion of ethylene promoted by a diiridium complex.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 752-753 (2002).

 

C. Tejel, M.A. Ciriano, B.E. Villarroya, R. Gelpi, J.A. López, F.J. Lahoz, and L.A. Oro.
Discrete mixed-valence metal chains: iridium pyridonate blues.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40, 4084-4086 (2001).

 

E. Sola, F. Torres, M.V. Jiménez, J.A. López, S.E. Ruiz, F.J. Lahoz, A. Elduque and L.A. Oro.
Transmission of trans effects in dinuclear complexes.
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 11925-11932 (2001).

 

F. Torres, E. Sola, A. Elduque, A.P. Martínez, F.J. Lahoz and L.A. Oro.
Evidence for a dinuclear mechanism in alkyne hydrogenations catalyzed by pyrazolate-bridged diiridium complexes.
Chem. Eur. J., 6, 2120-2128 (2000).

 

 

Reviews and book chapters.

 

F.J. Fernández-Alvarez, M. Iglesias, L.A. Oro and V. Passarelli.

Bond activation and catalysis.

In Comprehensive Inorganic Chemistry II, J, Reedijk and K. PoeppelmeierI, Eds. Vol. 8, 399-432 (2013).

 

R. Castarlenas, A. Di Giuseppe, J.J. Pérez-Torrente and L.A. Oro.

The emergence of transition metal-mediated hydrothiolation of unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds: a mechanistic Outlook.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52, 211-222 (2013).

 

M.A. Ciriano and L.A. Oro.

Pyridopyridines

Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier, 2013, ISBN 9780124095472, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409547-2.01047-7.

 

D. Carmona and L.A. Oro.

Iridium–catalyzed 1,3–bipolar cycloadditions.

In Iridium Catalysis, P. Andersson, Ed, Book Series: Topics in Organometallic Chemistry  Springer-Verlag, Vol. 34, 209-229 (2011).

 

L.A. Oro and D. Carmona.

Homogeneous hydrogenation.

In Encyclopedia of Catalysis, I.V. Horváth, E. Iglesia, M.T. Klein, J.A. Lercher. A.J. Rusell and E.I. Stiefel, Eds, John Wiley & Sons, 1-81 (2010).

 

L.A. Oro
Dihydrido iridium triisopropylphosphine complexes: from organometallic chemistry to catalysis,
In Iridium Complexes in Organic Synthesis, L.A. Oro and C. Claver, Eds, Wiley-Blackwell 15-38 (2009).

 

L.A. Oro, D. Carmona and J.M. Fraile.
Hydrogenation Reactions.
In Metal-Catalysis in  Industrial Organic Processes, G. P. Chiusoli and P.M. Maitlis, Eds, RSC, 79-113 (2006).

 

L.A. Oro and D. Carmona.
Rhodium.
In The Handbook of Homogeneous Hydrogenation,  J.G. de Vries and K. Elsevier, Eds, Wiley-VCH, 3-30 (2006).

 

L.A. Oro.
Hydrogenation by homogeneous catalysts.
In Encyclopedia of Catalysis, I.V. Horváth, E. Iglesia, M.T. Klein, J.A. Lercher. A.J. Rusell and E.I. Stiefel, Eds, John Wiley & Sons (2003).

 

M.A. Ciriano and L.A. Oro.
Pyridopyridines.
In Comprehensive Coordination Chemistry II: From Biology to Nanotechnology, J.A. McCleverty and T.J. Meyer, Eds, Pergamon, Vol. 1, 55-61 (2003).

 

L.A. Oro, E. Sola and J. Navarro.
Recent developments on hydride iridium triisopropylphosphine complexes: [IrH2(NCCH3)3(PiPr3}]BF4 as hydrogenation catalyst
In Perspectives in Organometallic Chemistry, C.G. Screttas and B.R. Steele, Eds, RSC (2003).

 

L.A. Oro and E. Sola.
Labile hydrido iridium complexes modelling homogeneous hydrogenation catalysis.
Organotransition Metal Chemistry and Catalysis, Education in Advanced Chemistry, B. Marciniec, Ed., Poznan, 8, 141-150 (2002).

 

D. Carmona, M.P. Lamata and L.A. Oro
Half-sandwich complexes with aminocarboxylate ligands and their use as enantioselective hydrogen transfer catalysts.
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2239-2251 (2002).

 

L.A. Oro and E. Sola
Mechanistic aspects of dihydrogen activation and catalysis by dinuclear complexes.
In Recent Advances in Hydride Chemistry, R. Poli and M. Peruzzini, Eds, Elsevier, 299-327 (2001).

 

M.A. Esteruelas and L.A. Oro.
The chemical and catalytic reactions of hydride-chloro -carbonyl bis(isopropylphosphine)-osmium (II) and its major derivatives.
Adv. Organomet. Chem., 47, 1-59 (2001).

 

L.A. Oro
Hidrogenación Homogénea.
en Fundamentos y Aplicaciones de la Catálisis Homogénea, L.A. Oro y E. Sola, Eds., P.U. Zaragoza. 33-51 (2000).

 

D. Carmona, M.P. Lamata and L.A. Oro.
Recent advances in homogeneous enantioselective Diels-Alder reactions catalyzed by chiral transition-metal complexes.
Coord. Chem. Rev., 200, 717-772 (2000).

 

L.A. Oro, M.A. Ciriano, C. Tejel, Y. Shi and J. Modrego.
Novel imido rhodium clusters: synthesis and perspectives.
In Metal Clusters in Chemistry, P. Braunstein, L.A. Oro and P.R. Raithby, Eds, Wiley-VCH, Vol. 1, 381-398 (1999).

 

L.A. Oro
Molecular dihydrogen complexes in homogeneous catalysis: mechanistic aspects.
In Mechanistic aspects of molecular catalysis, Education in Advanced Chemistry, B. Marciniec, Ed., Poznan, 6, 133-151 (1999).

 

M.A. Esteruelas and L.A. Oro.
Iridium and rhodium complexes with tetrafluorobenzobarrelene diolefins.
Coord. Chem. Rev., 193, 557-618 (1999).

 

L.A. Oro, M.A. Ciriano, J.J. Pérez-Torrente and B.E. Villarroya.
Controlling the molecular architecture of low nuclearity rhodium and iridium complexes using bridging N-C-X (X = N, O, S) ligands.
Coord. Chem. Rev., 193, 941-975 (1999).

 

M.A. Esteruelas and L.A. Oro.
Dihydrogen complexes as homogeneous reduction catalysts.
Chem. Rev., 98, 577-588 (1998).

 

R. A. Sánchez-Delgado, M. Rosales, M. A. Esteruelas and L. A. Oro.
Homogeneous catalysis by osmium complexes. A review.
J. Mol. Catal., A, 96, 231-243 (1995).

 

L.A. Oro, D. Carmona and M. Esteban.
5-C5Me5) and (η6-arene)-complexes of platinum metals with azole ligands. A review.
Trends Organometal. Chem., 1, 565-623 (1994).

 

P. Espinet, M.A. Esteruelas, L.A. Oro, J.L. Serrano and E. Sola.
Transition metal liquid crystals: Advanced materials within the reach of the coordination chemist.
Coord. Chem. Rev., 117, 215-274 (1992).

 

 

Books

 

L. A. Oro.

La Investigación EspaĖola en la Encrucijada.

53 pgs, Prensas Universitarias, Zaragoza (2013).

 

Iridium Complexes in Organic Synthesis.
L.A. Oro and C. Claver, Eds.
450 pgs, Wiley-VCH, Wenheim (2009).

 

Fundamentos y Aplicaciones de la Catálisis Homogénea.
L.A. Oro y E. Sola, Eds.
222 pgs, CYTED, Zaragoza (2000).

 

Metal Clusters in Chemistry.
P. Braunstein, L.A. Oro and P.R. Raithby, Editors.
1798 pgs, 3 volumes, Wiley-VCH, Wenheim (1999).

 

Química.
L.A. Oro, J.L. Andreu, M.C. Fernández y J. Pérez-Torrente
320 pgs, Santillana, Madrid (1997).

 

Homogeneous Hydrogenation.
P.A. Chaloner, M.A. Esteruelas, F. Joó and L.A. Oro.
288 pgs., Kluwer Academic Publ., Dordrecht, The Netherlands (1994).

 

Los Sistemas de Ciencia y Tecnología en Iberoamérica.
L.A. Oro y J. Sebastián, Editores.
413 pgs., FUNDESCO, Madrid (1993). EUDEBA, Buenos Aires (1993).

 

El Sistema EspaĖol de Ciencia y Tecnología en el marco internacional: evolución y perspectivas.
A. Lafuente y L.A. Oro.
135 pgs, FUNDESCO, Madrid (1992).

 

 

Selected Invited Lectures (since 2000).

 

15th Asian Chemical Congress, Singapore, 2013.

XIX Congreso Venezolano de Catálisis. Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2013.

XXV International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

30ľ Congreso Latinoamericano de Química, Cancún, México, 2012.

Hungarian Chemical Society National Conference, Sopron, Hungary, 2011.

Inaugural International Conference on Molecular & Functional Catalysis, Singapore, 2010.

53rd Polish Chemical Society Congress, Gliwice, Poland, 2010.

238th American Chemical Society Meeting, Washington, USA, 2009.

XXIII Reunión Bienal de la Real Sociedad EspaĖola de Química, Oviedo, Spain, 2009

4th EuCheMS Conference on Nitrogen Ligands in Coordination, Metal-Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry & Homogeneous Catalysis, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 2008.

41st IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, Torino, Italy, 2007.

XX Simposio Iberoamericano de Catálisis, Gramado, Brasil, 2006.

Pacifichem, Honolulu, USA, 2005.

14th International Symposium on Homogenoues Catalysis, Munich, Germany, 2004.

XXIst International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Vancouver, Canada, 2004.

XXI Congresso della Societá Chimica Italiana, Torino, Italy, 2003.

39th IUPAC Congress and 86th Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2003.

XXth International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Corfu, Greece, 2002.

Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms, Ventura, California, USA, 2001.

XIVth FECHEM Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Gdansk, Poland, 2001.

Symposium on Electron Transfer in Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Münster, Germany, 2000.

XXXIV International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Golden Jubilee, Edimburgh, U.K., 2000.

83rd Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference, Calgary, Canada, 2000.

 

Links to some interviews

 

http://www.chemistryviews.org/details/ezine/1446261/L__Oro_EuCheMS_Past-President.html

http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/ChemScience/Volume/2010/04/Luis_Oro_interview.asp

 

 

 

Hobbies

Favourites hobbies involve sports, specially skiing and mountaineering

(photograph on the summit of Mera Peak, 6.476 m, Himalaya, 2008)