Affiliation: Institut Català d’Investigació Química, ES
Keywords: Catalysis, Inorganic chemistry, reaction mechanism, Artificial photosynthesis, Light-driven chemistry, Electro- and photo-catalysis, Bio-inspired chemistry, Bio-inorganic chemistry, computational modelling
Dr. Julio Lloret-Fillol graduated in Chemistry from the Universidad de Valencia in 2001 where he also obtained his PhD in 2006, working under the supervision of Prof. Lahuerta and Prof. J. Pérez-Prieto. After his PhD he moved to the University of Heidelberg where he stayed two years as a postdoctoral MEyC fellow and two years as a postdoctoral Marie Curie fellow. Since 2010 he has been working as independent research leader at Universitat de Girona (Ramón y Cajal programme). In 2014 he obtained a position as Young Research Group Leader at the Institut de Química Computational i Catàlisi (UdG). In November 2014 he move to the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) within the CELLEX-ICIQ starting career programme. Since 2015, he is ICREA researcher professor at the ICIQ.
My research is mainly focused on designing new catalysts for a more sustainable chemistry through the use of artificial photosynthetic schemes (ERC Consolidator Grant). Although artificial photosynthetic schemes are a potential solution for a future sustainable society, basic science still needs to be done in order to achieve this objective. Accordingly, my research dream is to address the production of fine chemicals using solely CO2, water and light as driving force. To this end, we are working in developing new methodologies to employ light as a driving force to produce reductive organic transformation and in the understanding of one of the most important reactions in earth, the water oxidation; identified as one of the bottlenecks for the production of solar fuels. Mechanistic investigations will aid to understand multi-proton multi-electron transformations. These areas of research can open up new avenues for newer and greener synthetic methods.