65th Birthday: Antonio M. Echavarren

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  • Published Date: 25 May 2020
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Professor Antonio M. Echavarren, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain, celebrates his 65th birthday on May 25, 2020.


Echavarren's research interests include organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry, especially the development of new catalysts and methods as well as the synthesis of natural products and polyarenes. He is best known for his work on gold catalysis.


Antonio M. Echavarren was born in 1955 in Bilbao, Spain. He studied chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1982 under the supervision of Francisco Fariña. After a postdoctoral stay with T. Ross Kelly at Boston College, Newton, MA, USA, he returned to UAM as Assistant Professor, where he served from 1984 to 1986. He then worked as a NATO fellow with John K. Stille at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, for two years. In 1988, he joined the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) in Madrid. He returned to UAM as a Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1992 and moved to Tarragona in 2004 to work as a Group Leader at ICIQ.


Among other honors, Antonio Echavarren received the Janssen-Cylag Award in Organic Chemistry in 2004, the Gold Medal of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) in 2010, a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2012, and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


Antonio Echavarren is the current President of the The Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ; Real Sociedad Española de Química). He also serves as an Associate Editor of Chemical Communications, as a member of the Editorial Board of Chemistry – A European Journal, and as a member of the International Advisory Boards of ChemCatChem, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, and Chemical Society Reviews.


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