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Beatriz Royo Lab


Our research topics are organometallic chemistry and catalysis as key activities for health and sustainable development.

Beatriz Royo
Investigador Principal
PhD in 1993, Sussex University

Phone (+351) 214469754 | Extension 1754
Email | Lab website


Research Interests

Our group focuses its current research program on the design and synthesis of bio-relevant metal-based organometallic compounds with specific properties for their use in catalytic and biological applications.

Current areas of research in our group include:

  1. Coordination chemistry of bio-relevant metals (Mn, Fe, Co,  and Ni) with cooperative/redox-active ligands.
  2. Development of sustainable catalytic methods based on Earth-abundant, cheap metals.
  3. Developing catalytic processes for CO2 valorisation and H2 production.
  4. Cooperative organometallic and enzymatic catalysis.
  5. Organometallic complexes as antimicrobial agents.
  6. Biological applications of ferrocene-N-Heterocyclic carbene-based metal complexes


Group Members

  • Rita Lopes, Ph D student
  • Mara Pinto, PhD student
  • Ana Fernandes, PhD student
  • Sofia Friães, BI student
  • Carlos Texeira, PhD student


Selected Publications

  1. Chelating bis-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of iron(II) containing bipyridyl ligands as catalyst precursors for oxidation of alcohols, M. Pinto, B. Cardoso, S. Barroso, A. M. Martins, B. Royo, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 13541.

  2. Direct synthesis of iron(0) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes by using Fe3(CO)12 and their application in reduction of carbonyl groups, S. Warratz, L. Postigo, B. Royo, Organometallics 2013, 32, 893.

  3. N-Heterocyclic carbene complexes of nickel as efficient catalysts for hydrosilylation of carbonyl derivatives, L. Postigo, B. Royo, Adv. Synth. Catal. 2012, 354, 2613.

  4. Unpredecented synthesis of iron NHC complexes by C-H activation of imidazolium salts. Mild catalysts for reduction of sulfoxides, J. M. S. Cardoso, B. Royo, Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 4944-4946

  5. Iron(II) Complexes Bearing Chelating Cyclopentadienyl N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligands as Catalysts for Hydrosilylation and Hydrogen Transfer Reactions, V.V. Krishna Mohan, J. M. S. Cardoso, E. Peris, B. Royo, Organometallics 2010, 29, 2777.

  6. First Cp*-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene and Its Coordination to Iridium. Study of the Catalytic Properties, A. P. da Costa, M. Viciano, M. Sanaú, S. Merino, J. Tejeda, E. Peris, B. Royo, Organometallics, 2008, 27, 1305-1309.


Laboratory's website

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Catálise Organometálica (PT)

O desenvolvimento de novos catalisadores para a síntese de moléculas orgânicas tem um grande impacto na indústria farmacêutica e de química fina. Em particular, os catalisadores organometálicos permitem desenvolver processos muito eficientes e selectivos.

O nosso grupo de investigação trabalha no desenho e síntese de compostos organometálicos baseados em metáis baratos e no tóxicos para sua aplicação como catalisadores.


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