Javier A. Cabeza, Juan Cámpora y Max García-Melchor, Premios GEQO 2020

Una vez reunida la Comisión y evaluadas las candidaturas recibidas para los premios del GEQO-2020 según el procedimiento establecido en el Reglamento para la concesión de Premios del GEQO, es para mí un placer anunciar los premiados de esta convocatoria:

Medalla Rafael Usón al Dr. Javier Cabeza de Marco en reconocimiento a sus valiosas contribuciones en el área de la química organometálica en el campo de los cúmulos metálicos y activación de pequeñas moléculas.

Premio GEQO a la Excelencia Investigadora al Dr. Juan Cámpora Pérez por la originalidad de sus aportaciones encaminadas al desarrollo de nuevos conceptos y aplicaciones en el contexto de la química organometálica.

Premio GEQO a Jóvenes Investigadores al Dr. Max García-Melchor por sus aportaciones a la química organometálica desde la perspectiva del modelaje computacional de diversos tipos de catálisis con metales.

La reunión de evaluación de las candidaturas presentadas ha tenido lugar el  día 22 de mayo. La Comisión de premios ha estado formada por los siguientes miembros:

Dr. Miguel Ángel Ciriano (Medalla GEQO-Rafael Usón, 2019)
Dr. Pablo Espinet (Medalla de la RSEQ 2008)
Dra. Eva Hevia (Premio GEQO Excelencia, 2019)
Dr. Pedro J. Pérez (Medalla de la RSEQ, 2016)

En  calidad de secretaria de la Comisión (sin voto) asistí yo misma como Presidenta del GEQO.

Ana C. Albéniz
Presidenta del GEQO

Dr. Javier A. Cabeza

Javier A. Cabeza was born is Soria, Spain (1958). Ph.D. in Chemistry under the supervision of Luis A. Oro (University of Zaragoza, 1983). Postdoctoral researcher with Peter M. Maitlis (University of Sheffield, U.K., 1983-1985) and Luis A. Oro (University of Zaragoza, 1985-1987). Professor (as of 1987) and Full Professor (as of 2005) of Inorganic Chemistry (University of Oviedo). He has chaired the Orgamometallic Chemistry Section (GEQO) of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2002-2010) and has been member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Organometallics (2008-2010). He has directed 18 Ph.D. theses and has authored more than 220 scientific publications.

He has always been interested in Organometallic Chemistry. His initial experiments in Zaragoza (Ph.D. thesis) dealt with rhodium, iridium, silver and gold complexes. In Sheffield, he investigated on alkyl derivatives of arene-osmium complexes, the first observation of 192Os NMR signals by polarization transfer being his most relevant contribution of this period. Back to Zaragoza, he did some chemistry with metalamesogens and became interested in the chemistry carbonyl cluster complexes of transition metals, which has been his most fruitful research theme since he established his own research group in the University of Oviedo (1987). His group was the first one to observe the stepwise activation of all of the bonds of an organic methyl group (formation of a carbide ligand by activation of one C-C and three C-H bonds). As of 2010, his research interests have more and more moved toward the synthesis and coordination chemistry of heavier carbene analogues (silylenes, germylenes, stannylenes), in particular, amidinato-silylenes and -germylenes and PGeP pincer-type germylenes.

Dr. Juan Cámpora Pérez

Juan Cámpora is CSIC Research Professor at the Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ) since 2012. He took his degree in Chemistry in 1986 and carried out his PhD thesis under the supervision of Profs. E. Carmona and M. L. Poveda, on the chemistry of metallacyclic and binuclear organodiyl complexes of Ni(II) (1990). During his predoctoral time, he made short visiting stays to the laboratories of Profs. D. J. Cole-Hamilton (GB) and G. Erker (Germany). In 1990, he was awarded a Fulbright grant for a two-year postdoctoral stay with Prof. S. L. Buchwald at MIT, where he worked on the chemistry of titanium and zirconium benzyne and metallacyclic complexes. After this, he returned to the University of Seville and in 1995 he gained a permanent position at the newly created Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ), a joint research center depending of the University of Seville and CSIC. He leads his own research group since 2005. From 2000 to 2004 he was Head of the IIQ, and then deputy director until 2017. He has been Secretary of the Chemistry Commission of CSIC and coordinated the Spanish Node of the European Network of Excellence IDECAT. He has authored over 100 research works, including regular research papers, patents, reviews and book chapters, and co-edited with G. Giambastiani the book “Olefin Upgrading by Nitrogen-Based Complexes” (two volumes, Springer). Recently he was invited as Guest Editor to the journal Organometallics to edit a special issue in honor of the career of his mentor, Prof. E. Carmona. His current scientific interests cover an ample view of organometallic chemistry, including transition metal σ alkyls and their alkoxo, amido and fluoro analogues, and their applications in homogeneous catalysis from a fundamental (mechanistic) perspective.

Dr. Max García-Melchor

Max García-Melchor was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1982. He obtained his BSc in Chemistry, MSc in Theoretical Chemistry, and PhD in Chemistry from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His master and doctoral studies focused on the modelling of the reaction mechanisms of several Pd-catalyzed C– C cross-coupling processes under the supervision of Prof. Agustí Lledós and Prof. Gregori Ujaque. After his PhD (2012), Max joined the group of Prof. Nuria López at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as a postdoctoral researcher, where he contributed to foundational insights into the mechanisms and factors that govern several catalytic processes on metal oxides surfaces. In 2014, Max was awarded a Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellowship to join the group of Prof. Jens Nørskov at Stanford University (US), where he contributed to deepening the understanding of the electrochemical water splitting and to guide the design of more efficient electrocatalysts.

Since 2016, Max is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Chemical Energy Systems in the School of Chemistry of Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), where he leads the Computational Catalysis and Energy Materials (CCEM) Group. His research group strives to use state-of-the-art computational methods to shed light on the underlying mechanisms of homogeneously and heterogeneously catalyzed reactions relevant to sustainable energy. His group also aims to leverage this knowledge together with machine learning algorithms to ultimately impel the accelerated rational design of more efficient and cost- effective catalysts. Throughout his career, Max has received several national and international awards, including the Springer Theses Award and the Sant Jordi Award from the Catalan Chemical Society. Max has co-authored over 40 publications, 1 book and 2 book chapters. Some of his research has been featured by Thomson Reuters as ‘Hot Papers’ for being top 0.1% of their academic fields, in various journal front covers and in a number of international media.