Imperial College London

Dr Silvia Diez-Gonzalez

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Senior Lecturer



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Dr. Silvia Díez-González graduated in 2000 from the Universidad del País Vasco (Spain) and Université Paris XI (France) with a MSci in Organic Chemistry. She stayed in Paris XI for a Ph.D. on organosilicon chemistry. In 2004, she joined the group of Professor Steven P. Nolan as a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of New Orleans, USA. Two years later the group moved to the ICIQ (Spain) and she was promoted to Scientific Group Coordinator. In 2009 and after a brief walk on the theoretical side of chemistry (Professor Feliu Maseras, ICIQ), Silvia joined the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London as part of the first promotion of Imperial College Junior Research Fellows, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer in Catalysis.

Her present research focuses on the development of novel well-defined organometallic complexes and their use in organic reactions of interest such as C–C and C–X bond formation.


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§ Thermal azide-alkene cycloaddition reactions: Straightforward multi-gram access to Δ2-1,2,3-triazolines in deep eutectic solvents

Sebest, F.; Casarrubios, L.; Rzepa, H. S.; White, A. J. P.; Díez-González, S.

Green Chem. 2018, 20, 4023–4035


§ Copper-mediated reduction of azides under seemingly oxidising conditions: Catalytic and computational studies

Zelenay, B.; Besora, M.; Monasterio, Z.; Ventura-Espinosa, D.; White, A. J.; Maseras, F.; Díez-González, S.

Catal. Sci Tech.  2018, 8, 5763–5773

red azides

§ Catalytic and mechanistic studies of N-heterocyclic carbenes or phosphine-containing copper(I) complexes for the synthesis of 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles

Lal, S.; Rzepa, H. S.: Díez-González, S.

ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 2274–2287acs

§ Reusable and highly active supported copper(I)–NHC catalysts for Click chemistry

Collinson, J.-M.;  Wilton-Ely, J.  D. E. T.; Díez-González, S.

Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 11358–11360CC



# S. Díez-González (Editor) N-Heterocyclic carbenes: From laboratory curiosities to efficient synthetic tools RSC Catalysis Series, Cambridge 2016.




Pimpasri C, Luo X, Yang S, et al., 2023, Cyclisation of alkynyl alcohols and carboxylic acids mediated by N‐Heterocyclic carbene copper(I) complexes, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, ISSN:1615-4150

Terrach X, Yang J, Soleiman-Beigi M, et al., 2023, Straightforward and efficient deuteration of terminal alkynes with copper catalysis, Catalysts, Vol:13, ISSN:2073-4344, Pages:1-14

Radtanajiravong L, Peters J, Hummell J, et al., 2022, Meyer-Schuster rearrangement of propargylic alcohols mediated by phosphorus-containing Brønsted acid catalysts, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol:36, ISSN:1477-0520, Pages:7338-7342

Sebest F, Radtanajiravong L, Kaukver S, et al., 2022, Expedient metal-free preparation of aryl aziridines via thermal cycloaddition reactions, Chemical Communications, Vol:22, ISSN:1359-7345

Sebest F, Lachhani K, Pimpasri C, et al., 2020, Cycloaddition reactions of azides and electron-deficient alkenes in deep eutectic solvents: pyrazolines, aziridines and other surprises, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, Vol:362, ISSN:1615-4150, Pages:1877-1886

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