Laura L. Santos studied Chemistry at the University of Sevilla (1995-2000) and afterward she obtained a Ph.D. degree from the University of Sevilla (2005), working under the direction of Prof. Ernesto Carmona and Prof. Margarita Paneque at the Instituto de Investigaciones Químicas (IIQ; CSIC-US). During this period she studied the formation and cleavage of C—H, C—C and C—O bonds of ethers by Ir compounds containing the TpMe2 ligand. In 2006, she spent a short stay with Prof. Kurt Mereiter at the Universidad Tecnológica de Viena and then, in 2007, she joined the group of Prof. Avelino Corma at the Instituto de Tecnología Química (Valencia) as a postdoctoral researcher. Since december 2008 she is Associate Professor in the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the University of Seville.

Current Research Areas

  • Organometallic chemistry, structure and reactivity, C-X, C-H and H-H bond activation, formation of C-C bonds.
  • Synthesis of noble metal complexes with polydentate ligands. Study of reaction mechanisms and catalytic applications.

Selected recent publications:

1.- J. P. Morales-Cerón, P. Lara, J. López-Serrano, L. L. Santos, V. Salazar, E. Álvarez, A. Suárez.  Rhodium(I) complexes with ligands based on N‑heterocyclic carbene and hemilabile pyridine donors as highly E stereoselective alkyne hydrosilylation catalysts. Organometallics 2017, 36, 2460−2469. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00361).

2.-Giovanni Bottari, Laura L. Santos, Cristina M. Posadas, Jesús Campos, Kurt Mereiter, Margarita Paneque. Reaction of [TpRh(C2H4)2] with Dimethyl Acetylenedicarboxylate: Identification of Intermediates of the [2+2+2] Alkyne and Alkyne-Ethylene Cyclo(co)trimerizations. ¿The intriguing? Metallacycloheptatrienes of Ir(III): MNwith alkynes wChem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 13715-13723. (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201601927)

3.- Crispín Cristóbal, Laura L. Santos, Rubén Gutiérrez-González, Eleuterio Álvarez, Margarita  Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda. Allylic C—H activation of olefins by a TpMe2Ir(III) compound. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.  2016, 2534–2542. (DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201501253).

4.– Laura L. Santos, Kurt Mereiter, Margarita Paneque. Reaction of 2-Methylanisole with TpMe2Ir(C6H5)2(N2): A Comprehensive Set of Activations. Organometallics 2013, 32, 565 – 569. (DOI: 10.1021/OM301033C).