Find out how theoretical calculations are used to determine, elucidate and propose mechanisms for Pd-catalyzed C-C cross-coupling reactions in Max Garcia Melchor's outstanding thesis. Garcia Melchor investigates one of the most significant and useful types of reactions in modern organic synthesis; the Pd-cross coupling reaction. Due to its versatility, broad scope and selectivity under mild conditions, this type of reaction can now be applied in fields as diverse as the agrochemical and pharmaceutical industry. Garcia Melchor studies the reaction intermediates and transition states involved in the Negishi, the copper-free Sonogashira and the asymmetric version of Suzuki-Miyaura coupling. He also characterizes and provides a detailed picture of the associated reaction mechanisms. The author has won numerous prizes for this work which has led to over eight publications in internationally renowned journals.
Nominated as an Outstanding Ph.D. thesis by the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain The author’s research has been honored with several national and international scientific awards: the Catalan Chemical Society award (Premi St. Jordi 2009) for the best undergraduate thesis in Chemistry, the short presentation award at the IV School on Organometallic Chemistry Marcial Moreno Mañas (Santiago de Compostela, 2011), and the poster award at the Ninth Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC) (Santiago de Compostela, 2011) The author’s research has been published in 8 articles (as of May 2013) in top peer-reviewed journals such as Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Journal of American Chemical Society, Chemistry - A European Journal, etc. and 2 book chapters The author’s articles have been cited more than 80 times (as of May 2013)