Main interests: Organic synthesis, catalysis and chiral technologies

The emphasis is on the development of novel methodologies based on enantioselective catalysis by metals-complexed to chiral ligands or organocatalysis, on eco-friendly methods of synthesis, and the use of renewable natural products as catalyst sources or for the design of new ones.

The main aim of the research is to obtain chiral intermediates and chiral biologically active molecules of potential interest for pharmaceutical or agrochemical applications. Recent aspects of the research are the study of enantioselective Michael addition reactions, cyclization reactions, domino processes, and phosphonate and bisphosphonate chemistry. The application of nanotechnology to catalyst development is another interest.