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Catalytic organoBoron Chemistry

Elena Fernández received her degree in chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 1991. She did PhD studies in catalytic hydroformylation of sugars with Prof. S. Castillón and Prof. A. Ruiz (1991-1995) and she moved to Oxford University (UK) (1995-1997) for a postdoctoral position with Prof. John M. Brown where her studies culminated with an approach towards the first catalytic asymmetric hydroboration-amination reaction. Elena accepted in 1997 a lecturer position at the University Rovira i Virgili, becoming part of the permanent staff in 2000 and Full Professor in 2019. She received the Award on Excellence of Research in Organometallic Chemistry 2014 and the Award on Excellence of Research in Chemistry 2017, both from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry. She is Distinguished Professor at the URV from 2018. Her current scientific campaign is aimed to generate knowledge and awareness about activation modes of borane reagents to be used in selective organic synthesis of multifunctional compounds. She has contributed to several seminal articles, reviews and book’s chapters, highlighting the edition of two books on Synthesis and Applications of Organoboron Compounds for Springer (2015) and Advances in Organoboron Chemistry toward Organic Synthesis for Science of Synthesis-Thieme (2019).


Awards and Recognitions
  • Distinguised Professor Mention by University Rovira i Virgili 2018
  • Award on Excellence Research 2017 by RSEQ (Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry) for outstanding research achievements within the last 5 years
  • National Award on Excellence of Research in Organometallic chemistry 2014
  • Advisory Board in Chemical Society Reviews (Chem. Soc. Rev.) - Royal Society of Chemistry, from 2014,
  • E. Fernández, Andy Whiting (Editors)
    Synthesis and Applications of Organoboron Compounds Topics in Organometallic Chemistry, Springer 2015
    ISBN 978-3-319-13053-8

    E. Fernández, Editor
    Advances in Organoboron Chemistry towards Organic Synthesis
    Science of Synthesis, Thieme: Stuttgart, 2020
    ISBN 978-3-13-242972-7

    E. Fernández, Editor
    Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis Special Issue: Boron in Catalysis and Organic Synthesis
    2021, Volume 363, Issue 9, pages 2205-2442
    Editor comments: Riding the Wave of New Opportunities in Boron Chemistry

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