Margarita Paneque studied Chemistry and received her Ph.D. from the University of Seville (Spain), working on small-molecules insertion and cyclometallation reactions performed by nickel alkyls. After a postdoctoral stay in Sheffield, in the lab of Peter Maitlis, where she studied some catalytic hydrosilylations of olefins and also showed for the first time the displacement of Cp*H from a complex upon addition of phosphine, she incorporated into the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), first in the Institute for Materials Sciences (ICMSE) and then in the Institute for Chemical Research (IIQ, Seville), in which she was the Director in the period 2004-2009, and at present is Research Professor. In 2009 she was awarded with the Bruker-Spain Research Award on Inorganic Chemistry. She has been visiting professor at different universities and research centers: Rutgers (Alan Goldman, 2017), UAEH (Hidalgo, México, Verónica Salazar, 2012-2001), ICOOM-CNR (Florence, A. Rossin, 2012), Vienna (Austria, Kurt Mereiter, 2006), Bordeaux I (2006), La Sapienza (Rome, Mauro Basseti, 2000), LCC-CNRS (Toulouse, Sylvianne Sabo-Etienne, 1999).


Research Interests

  • Metallaaromatics.
  • C-H activation, C-C formation
  • Metallacycles formation and reactivity


Selected recent publications:

Martín Hernández-Juárez, Joaquín López-Serrano, P. González-Herrero, Nuria Rendón, Eleuterio Álvarez, Margarita Paneque, Andrés Suárez. Hydrogenation of an iridium-coordinated imidazol-2-ylidene ligand fragment. Chem. Commun., 2018,

Margarita Paneque, Nuria Rendón. “Iridabenzenes and Iridanaphthalenes with Supporting Tris(pyrazolyl)borate Ligands” in ¿The intriguing? Metallacycloheptatrienes of Ir(III): MNwith alkynes wMetallabenzenes. An Expert View, Ed.: L. J. Wright, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Hoboken, NJ, 2017. pp 145-183

Margarita Gómez, Nuria Rendón, Eleuterio Álvarez, Kurt Mereiter, Manuel L. Poveda, Margarita Paneque. Functionalization of 3-Iridacyclopentenes. Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 16346 – 16356.

Práxedes Sánchez, Martín Hernández-Juárez, Eleuterio Álvarez, Margarita Paneque, Nuria Rendón, Andrés Suárez. Synthesis, structure and reactivity of Pd and Ir complexes based on new lutidine-derived NHC/phosphine mixed pincer ligands.  ¿The intriguing? Metallacycloheptatrienes of Ir(III): MNwith alkynes wDalton Trans. 2016, 45, 16997-17009. (DOI: 10.1039/c6dt03652j)

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. 

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.

Ángela Vivancos, Nuria Rendón, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda, and Eleuterio Álvarez. Reactivity of a Tp−Iridacyclopentene Complex. ¿The intriguing? Metallacycloheptatrienes of Ir(III): MNwith alkynes wOrganometallics 2015, 34, 5438−5453.

Angela Vivancos, Florencia Vattier, Joaquin Lopez-Serrano, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda, Eleuterio Alvarez. A DieIs-Alder Reaction Triggered by a [4+3] Metallacycloaddition. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4074 – 4077.

Angela Vivancos, Yohar A. Hernandez, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda, Veronica Salazar, Eleuterio Alvarez. Formation of b-Metallanaphthalenes by the Coupling of a Benzo-Iridacyclopentadiene with Olefins. Organometallics 2015, 34, 177-188.

Angela Vivancos, Cristina M. Posadas, Yohar A. Hernandez, Nuria Rendon, Silvia Garcia-Rubin, Eleuterio Alvarez, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L Poveda. Reactivity of TpMe2-Containing Hydride-Iridafurans with Alkenes, Alkynes, and H2. Organometallics 2014, 33, 6431-6442.

Florencia Vattier, Veronica Salazar, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda, Eleuterio Alvarez. Tautomerization of Pyridine and 2-Substituted Pyridines to Pyridylidene Ligands by the Iridium(I)-Diene Complex TpMe2Ir(eta(4)-CH2=C(Me)C(Me)=CH2). Organometallics 2014, 33, 498-510.

Angela Vivancos, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L. Poveda, Eleuterio Alvarez. Building a Parent Iridabenzene Structure from Acetylene and Dichloromethane on an Iridium Center. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed2013, 52, 10068-10071.

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.

Crispin Cristobal, Eleuterio Alvarez, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L Poveda. Facile Oxygen Atom Insertion into Unactivated C(sp3)-C(sp2) Single Bonds in Reactions of Iridium(III) Complexes with O2. Organometallics 2013, 32, 714 – 717.

Cristina M. Posadas, Nuria Rendon, Joaquin Lopez-Serrano, Yohar A. Hernandez, Eleuterio Alvarez, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L Poveda. Aldehyde-Assisted Hydrogen Transfer during the Formation of Hydride-Iridafurans from Alkynes and Aldehydes. Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 1796 – 1809.

Arian E. Roa, Veronica Salazar, Joaquin Lopez-Serrano, Enrique Oñate, Jose G. Alvarado-Rodriguez, Margarita Paneque, Manuel L Poveda. Coupling of Aromatic Aldehydes with CO2Me-Substituted TpMe2Ir(III) Metallacyclopentadienes. Organometallics 2012, 31, 3185 – 3198.

Roa, Arian E.; Salazar, Veronica; Lopez-Serrano, Joaquin; Onate, Enrique; Paneque, Margarita; Poveda, Manuel L. Decarbonylation of Aliphatic Aldehydes by a TpMe2Ir(III) Metallacyclopentadiene. Organometallics 2012, 31, 716 – 721.