Conferencias Magistrales 2017

C O N F E R E N C I A S     M A G I S T R A L E S  

en el 




  " La Química nos une"

a celebrarse del 26 al 29 de septiembre 2017, en Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México, teniendo como sede Hotel The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta 

Prof. Paul J. Chirik 

Department of Chemistry

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ


Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry

B.S., Virginia Tech, 1995

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2000, Advisor: John Bercaw



Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry April, 2000

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Advisor: Professor John E. Bercaw

Dissertation: Ancillary Ligand Effects on Fundamental Transformations in Metallocene Catalyzed Olefin Polymerization.


Most Synergistic Activities

•Editor-in-Chief, Organometallics

•Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center

•Chair, Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Gordon Conference

Other activities



Current fundamental projects are focused in the areas with base Metal Catalysis

In Electronic Structure Studies, Asymmetric Alkene Hydrogenation, Hydrogen Isotope Exchange, C-H Functionalization, Alkene Cycloaddition, Alkene and Alkyne Reduction and Cross Coupling 

Selected Honors and Awards 

•Winner, Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge (2016)

•First JSCC International Award for Creative Work (2015)

•Closs Lecturer, University of Chicago (2014)

•Dalton Lecturer, University California – Berkeley (2011)

•Winner, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, NYAS (2009)

•Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society (2009)

other awards


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Prof. Ramon Vilar

Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry

Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry   

Imperial College London 


His research focuses on the following areas:

•Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry

•Chemical Biology

•Molecular recognition and self-assembly

•Molecular Imaging


Prof Ramon Vilar holds since 2011 the chair of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College London. He studied chemistry at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) followed by a PhD at the University of London (supervise by Prof Mingos). During this time his worked focused on organometallic chemistry of late transition metals. Between 1996 and 1998 he carried out postdoctoral studies in supramolecular chemistry at Imperial College London where he was later appointed as a Lecturer starting his independent career. In 2004 he moved to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) as an ICREA fellow and Group Leader, returning to Imperial College London in 2006. He held a prestigious EPSRC fellowship between 2009 and 2014. Over the past 15 years his research has mainly focused on the biological properties and medical applications of transition metals, with particular emphasis on the interaction of metal complexes and G-quadruplexes. He has published over 125 research papers, is inventor in 4 patents and has contributed to several books as author or editor.

More Publications

*C.-Q. Zhou, T.-C. Liao, Z.-Q. Li, J. Gonzalez-Garcia, M. Reynolds,M. Zou, R. Vilar,

"Dinickel–Salphen Complexes as Binders of Human Telomeric Dimeric G-Quadruplexes", Chem. Eur. J. 2017, 23, 4713 (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201700276).

B. Klejevskaja, A. L. B. Pyne,  M. Reynolds,  A. Shivalingam,  R. Thorogate,  B.W. Hoogenboom,  L. Ying, R. Vilar, "Studies of G-quadruplexes formed within self-assembled DNA mini-circles", Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 12454-12457 (DOI:  10.1039/C6CC07110D) 

 *A. Shivalingam, M. A.  Izquierdo, A. Le Marois, A. Vyšniauskas, K. Suhling, M. K. Kuimova and R Vilar, "The interactions between a small molecule and G-quadruplexes are visualised by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy", Nature Comm. 2015, 6, 8178 (doi:10.1038/ncomms9178)


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Prof. László Kürti

Department of Chemistry

Rice University

Houston, TX


László Kürti was born and raised in Hungary. He received his Ph.D. under the supervision of A.B. Smith at the University of Pennsylvania. There he authored the now popular textbook/reference book "Strategic Applications of Named Reactions in Organic Synthesis" with Barbara Czakó. Subsequently he was a Damon Runyon Cancer Fellow in the laboratory of E.J. Corey at Harvard University. László is now an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. The Kürti group focuses on the development of powerful new methods for the expedient enantioselective assembly of highly functionalized biaryls, heterocycles and carbocycles. László is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the 2014 Amgen Young Investigators’ Award as well as the 2015 Biotage Young Principal Investigator Award.

Synthetic organic chemistry is the critical foundation for the medical application of many complex organic molecules (i.e., natural products or drug molecules); it is the only way to produce these complex molecules in sufficient quantities for studies or clinical and commercial use. Moreover, synthetic chemistry enables the design and the preparation of novel drug molecules that can be used to study fundamental biological pathways or change the course of various diseases.

More than three quarters of known organic molecules and the overwhelming majority of currently used drug molecules contain heterocycles, yet the number of highly efficient methods to prepare these types of compounds is surprisingly low. I plan to address this deficiency in my research program, which will have a dual focus. On the one hand, my group will develop novel catalytic enantioselective transformations and apply these reactions for the rapid assembly of various heterocycles and carbocycles. Secondly, these hetero- and carbocyclic motifs are present in numerous natural products with potent biological activities, therefore we will have the opportunity to design and quickly prepare a large number of derivatives and screen them in a variety of assays to identify new drug leads. These newly developed methods will also allow the enantioselective preparation of other highly functionalized compounds that may be utilized for the catalysis of dozens of organic transformations.

My research program does not only seek to develop new and powerful transformations in organic chemistry and enable the synthesis of biologically relevant compounds to aid drug discovery, but it also provides an excellent platform for the education and training of both undergraduate and graduate students. The strongly interdisciplinary environment in the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) at Rice University allows my research group to pursue these goals and find many opportunities for fruitful collaboration


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Dra. Lena Ruiz Azuara 

Departamento: Química Inorgánica y Nuclear, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Research Areas, Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination,   Bioinorganic  and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry (anticancer and NTD drugs). Full Time Professor at  Chemistry Department, (Facultad de Química), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  BSc in Chemisrtry from F. Q., UNAM,  PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from University of Edinburgh (U.K), Fellow de Royal Society of Chemistry (2016).Posdoctoral, Cambridge  U. (UK), New Mexico State University at Las Cruces (U.S.A), Institute de Recherches Sur la Catalyse, Lyon (France). Lecture at UNAM and U. of Guanajuato. Thesis: BSc. 41, MSc 24, PhD 16. Publications 168, chapters 27,  international Patents, 2 Mexican Patents. Awards: Marie Curie Fellowship (UE), CANIFARMA (1994, 2007) Human medication, AIDA WEISS 1996, ZAZIL 1995 in the Scientific-Cultural category, National Award on Chemistry, Andrés Manuel del Río, on the Research category 1998, and the Juana Ramírez de Asbaje 2003, Premio Universidad National (2003), CANIFARMA (2007). Membership: Mexican Academy of Sciences, IARC (International Agency Of Research in Cancer), American Chemical Society,  Mexican Academy of Inorganic Chemistry (President 97-99), New York Academy of Science,Biological Inorganic Chemistry Society , Royal Society of Chemistry, Mexican Chemical Society (President2013-2015). President of Grupo Mujer Ciencia.

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 Prof. Martin Head-Gordon

Kenneth S. Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry,

Department of Chemistry, University of California, and,

Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An Electronic Structure Research Group

Our research centers on the development and application of methods that predict the electronic structure of interesting molecules. Exciting progress has occurred over the last decade to the extent that many ground state molecular properties are accurately and routinely calculated. In cases of exotic transient species, theoretical approaches can in fact be the most feasible tool available. We seek to open new classes of chemical problems to study via electronic structure theory. Realization of this goal generally requires the coupling of fundamental quantum mechanics with large scale scientific computing.

 Electronic structure theory is broad in scope with existing connections to many branches of experimental chemistry, and the potential for many more. Interesting molecules may range from diatomics through medium sized organic and inorganic species to adsorbate-surface systems. The molecules may be in their ground electronic state or they may be electronically excited. Time-independent properties such as geometric structure and relative energies are often of interest, or we may be concerned with transitions between levels and dynamical processes.

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