Prof. Dr. Carmen Nájera

78Carmen Nájera

Carmen Nájera obtained her B.Sc. at the University of Saragossa in 1973 and her PhD at the University of Oviedo under the supervision of J. Barluenga and M. Yus in 1979.  She performed postdoctoral work at the ETH (Zurich) with D. Seebach, at the Dyson Perrins Laboratory (Oxford) with J. E. Baldwin, at Harvard University with E. J. Corey, and at Uppsala University with J.-E. Bäckvall. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1985 at the University of Oviedo and Full Professor in 1993 at the University of Alicante.  She has held visiting Professorships at the University of Arizona in Tucson (USA), Universidad Nacional del Sur in Bahía Blanca (Argentina), Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France), and Ecole Nationale Superiéure de Chimie de Paris (France). She is coauthor of more than 250 papers and 16 book chapters and has supervised the work of 29 PhD Thesis. She has delivered more than 100 lectures in Congresses and Research Institutions.

Member of the Advisory Board: Synthesis, Synlett, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Letters in Organic Chemistry. Awards: “2006 Organic Chemistry Prize” from the Spanish Royal Chemical Society of Chemistry, “2006 Rosalind Franklin International Lectureship” from the English Royal Society. In October 2010 was named Correspondent Member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Sciences and in March 2012 Full Member of the same institution. Her scientific contributions are focused on synthetic organic chemistry such as sulfone chemistry, new peptide coupling reagents, asymmetric synthesis of a-amino acids, oxime-derived palladacycles as precursor of palladium nanoparticles, asymmetric metal catalysis and organocatalysis.