• Dra. Ana Belén Cuenca González

Dra. Ana Belén Cuenca 
Head of the Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department 
QS School of Engineering
Universitat Ramon Llull
Vía Augusta 390, E-08017 Barcelona, Spain
el.:+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.




Yao Liu, Raimon Puig de la Bellacasa, Bo Li, Ana Belén Cuenca and Shih-Yuan Liu, "The Versatile Reaction Chemistry of an Alpha-Boryl Diazo Compound" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 35, 14059.

Wei W. Chen, Nahiane Pipaon Fernández, Marta Díaz Baranda, Anton Cunillera, Laura G. Rodríguez, Alexandr Shafir and Ana B. Cuenca, "Exploring benzylic gem-C(sp3)–boron–silicon and boron–tin centers as a synthetic platform" Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 10514.

Ana B. Cuenca and Elena Fernández, "Boron-Wittig olefination with gem-bis(boryl)alkanes" Chem. Soc. Rev., 2021, 50, 72.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


research group

Pharmaceutical Chemistry Group (GQF)