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Foto: Alicia Casitas

Dr. Alicia Casitas
Assistant Professor (W1)
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Fachbereich Chemie, Organische Chemie
Hans-Meerwein-Str. 4
Building H1, room A111
35032 Marburg
Tel.:(+49) 6421 28 25601 (Büro)
Tel.:(+49) 6421 28 25638 (Labor)


Alicia was born and raised in Girona, a small city located in the north east of Spain. She studied Chemistry at the University of Girona (Spain) and obtained her BSc in 2007.

PhD studies

She pursued doctoral studies at the University of Girona, funded with a FPU fellowship, and obtained her PhD in June 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Xavi Ribas and Dr. Miquel Costas. She contributed to a great extent to the elucidation of the reactivity of well-defined aryl-CuIIIcomplexes towards the development of C-heteroatom bond-forming reactions. During the graduate period, she was visiting student for 3 months in the group of Prof. Shannon S. Stahl at University of Madison-Wisconsin (US, 2009) and another 3 months in the group of Prof. Matthew J. Gaunt at University of Cambridge (UK, 2011).

Postdoctoral studies

In 2013, she joined the group of Prof. Alois Fürstner at the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung (Germany) funded with a Ramón Areces Fellowship. She worked on the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic iron complexes that are relevant to C-H activation and cross-coupling reactions. In 2016, Alicia joined the group of Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol at Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) in Spain as a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación fellow. There, sheled a research project focused on the development of more sustainable visible-light photocatalytic methodologies towards radical cyclization reactions employing earth-abundant bimetallic catalysts (Cu/Co/Ni).

Independent Career

In July 2018, she moved to Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (IQCC) in Girona as a junior group leader funded by a Junior-Leader LaCaixa Postdoctoral Fellowship. One-year later, in July 2019, Alicia was appointed Assistant Professor (W1) in Organic Chemistry in the Faculty of Chemistry at Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany).