Welcoming Dr. Igor Larrosa
Igor Larrosa was born in Barcelona, Spain. He received his undergraduate education at the Universitat de Barcelona (1999) where he also underwent M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies with Felix Urpi and Pere Romea working on asymmetric synthesis.
During this time he also carried out a research placement in Professor Erick M. Carreira's laboratories at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Igor moved to the UK in 2005 to carry out postdoctoral research in Professor Anthony G. M. Barrett's group at Imperial College London, were he was appointed group leader. In IC, Igor completed the total synthesis of clavilactone, featuring a key three-component benzyne coupling. In September 2007 he started his independent career as a Lecturer in synthetic organic chemistry at Queen Mary University of London, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and to Reader in Catalysis in 2012. His current research interests are in the area of catalysis, with particular emphasis in the development of novel transition metal catalysed transformations involving C-H and C-C activations.