• Dra. Ana Belén Cuenca González

Dra. Ana Belén Cuenca 
Head of the Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department 
IQS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Vía Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
Tel.:+34 932 672 413
Fax: +34 939 056 266

Degree in Pharmacy (U. Valencia 1996); PhD in Pharmacy (Organic Chemistry, U. Valencia, 2001); Post-doctoral stay in “Institut de Recherche de Chimie Organique Fine (IRCOF), CNRS” (Rouen, France, 2002-04); Post-doctoral fellow in “Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)” (USA, Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald, 2004-06); Juan de la Cierva/Consolider (U. Valencia, 2006-13); Assistant Professor (U. Valencia, 2011-13); Senior researcher in(URV, 2013-2016); Invited researcher in (U. Tokyo, Japan, Prof. M. Fujita, 2015)

Associate Professor, 2021
Head of the Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, 2021



Advanced Organic Chemistry (GQ); Structural determination (GF); Integrated Laboratory I (MQF)



  • New synthetic methodologies by means of the use of reactive intermediates based on halogen, boron and silicon atoms in order to form C-C and C-X bonds.
  • Application to the synthesis of biologically interesting platforms.




1.          Chen, Wei. W, Cunillera, A., Chen, D., Lethu, S., López de Moragas, A., Zhu, J., Solà*, M. Cuenca, * Ana B., Shafir, * A., “Iodane‐Guided ortho C−H Allylation” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, doi:10.1002/anie.202009369.

2.            Chen, Wei W., Cuenca, * Ana B., Shafir, * A., “The Power of Iodane‐Guided C−H Coupling: A Group‐Transfer Strategy in Which a Halogen Works for Its Money” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019,59, 16294.

3.            Cuenca, Ana B.; Shishido, R.; Ito, H.; Fernández, E.*“Transition-metal-free B–B and B–interelement reactions with organic molecules” Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 415 – 430.

4.            La Cascia, E.; Cuenca, Ana B.*; Fernández, E.* “Opportune gem-Silylborylation of Carbonyl Compounds: A Modular and Stereocontrolled Entry to Tetrasubstituted Olefins” Chem. A Eur. J. 2016, 22, 18737-18741.

5.            Civit, M. G.; Royes, J.; Vogels, C.; Wescott, S.; Cuenca, A. B.*; Fernández, E.* “Strategic Trimethylsilyldiazomethane Insertion into pinB–SR Followed by Selective Alkylations” Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 3830-3833.

6.            Z. Majzik, A. B. Cuenca, N. Pavlicek, N. Miralles, G.Meyer, L. Gross, E. Fernández, “Synthesis of a naphthodiazaborole and its verification by planarization with AFM” ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 5340-5345.

7.            Cuenca, A. B.; Duplan, V.; Zigon, N.; Hoshio, M.; Fujita, M.; Fernández, E. “Undeniable Confirmation of the syn-Addition Mechanism for Metal-Free Diboration using the Crystalline Sponge Method” Chem. A Eur. J. 2016, 22, 4723-4726.

8.            Cuenca, A. B.*; Cid, J.; García-López, D.; Carbó, J. J.; Fernández, E. “Unsymmetrical 1,1-diborated multisubstituted sp3-carbons formed via a metal-free concerted-asynchronous mechanism” Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 37, 9659-9664.

9.            Miralles, N.; Cid, J.; Cuenca, A. B.; Carbó, J.J.; Fernández, E. “Mixed diboration of alkenes in a metal-free context” Chem. Comm. 2015, 51, 1693-1696.

10.            Gimeno, A.; Rodríguez-Gimeno, A.; Cuenca, A. B.; De Arellano, C. R.; Medio-Simón, M.; Asensio, G. “Gold(I)-catalysed cascade reactions in the synthesis of 2,3-fused indole derivatives” Chem Comm. 2015, 51, 12384-12387.

11.            Gimeno, A. M.; Cuenca, A. B.; Suárez-Pantiga, S.; Medio-Simón, M.; De Arellano, C. R.; Asensio, G. “Competitive Gold Activation Modes in Terminal Alkynes: An Experimental Mechanistic Study” Chem. A Eur. J. 2014, 20, 683-688.



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