Prof. Julio Lloret-Fillol


 Group Leader:

Julio Lloret-Fillol, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Beatriz Martin 

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Sergio Gonell

PhD Students:

Klaudia Micheliszyn / Sergio Fernández / Geyla C. Dubed / Jordi Aragón / Luis Gutiérrez / David Pascual / Ahmed Sheta / Changwei Liu

Laboratory technician:

Carlos Agorreta (until Sep.) / Mykola Lazoryshyn


The group of Prof. Lloret-Fillol is working on the development of catalysts for artificial photosynthesis and its expansion into organic synthesis.The group intends to transfer concepts of artificial photosynthesis to organic synthesis, to carry out enderzoic transformations using sunlight as a driving force and to drive the development of new and more environmentally-friendly methodologies for the transformation of organic molecules. In this regard, the group has developed biomimetic catalysts based on abundant metals for the reduction of water and CO2, catalysts that are also highly active in the photocatalytic reduction of organic compounds as well as in the activation of C-X links.


An Iron Bis(carbene) Catalyst for Low Overpotential CO2 Electroreduction to CO: Mechanistic Insights from Kinetic Zone Diagrams, Spectroscopy, and Theory
Gonell, S.; Assaf, E. A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Miller, A. J. M.
ACS Catal. 202111, 15212–15222

Manganese Complexes for Electro- and Photocatalytic Transformations
Fernandez, S.; Dubed Bandomo, G. C.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Wiley, 2021, (ISBN: 9783527347308)

Light-Driven Reduction of Aromatic Olefins in Aqueous Media Catalysed by Aminopyridine Cobalt Complexes
Casadevall, C.; Pascual, D.; Aragon, J.; Call, A.; Casitas, A.; Casademont-Reig, I.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
chemrxiv 2021


The dual effect of coordinating –NH groups and light in the electrochemical CO2 reduction with pyridylamino Co complexes
Lloret Fernández, S.; Cañellas, S.; Franco, F.; Luis, J. M.; Pericàs, M. A.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
ChemElectroChem 20218 (23), 4456-4465

Mechanically Constrained Catalytic Mn(CO)3Br Single Sites in a Two-Dimensional Covalent Organic Framework for CO2 Electroreduction in H2O
Dubed Bandomo, G. C.; Sekhar Mondal, S.; Franco, F.; Bucci, A.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Ortuño, M. A.; van Langevelde, P. H.; Shafir, A.; López, N.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
ACS Catal. 202111, 7210–7222

Isolation of a Ru(iv) side-on peroxo intermediate in the water oxidation reaction
Casadevall, C.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Browne, W. R.; Franco, F.; Cabello, N.; Benet-Buchholz, J.; Lassalle -Kaiser, B.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Nat. Chem 202113, 800–804

Self-Supported Ultra-Active NiO-Based Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution Reaction by Solution Combustion
Bucci, A.; García-Tecedor, M.; Corby, S:; Rao, R.; Martin-Diaconescu, V.; Oropeza, F.; de la Peña O’Shea, V. A. A.; Durrant, J.; Gimenez, S.; Lloret Fillol, J.
J. Mater. Chem. A 20219, 12700-12710

Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation with α-[Fe(mcp)(OTf)2] and Analogues
D’Agostini, S.; Kottrup, K. G.; Casadevall, C.; Gamba, I.; Dantignana, V.; Bucci, A.; Costas, M.; Lloret-Fillol*, J.; Hetterscheid, D.G.H.
ACS Catal. 202111, 2583–2595

Mechanisms of photoredox catalysts: the role of optical spectroscopy
Kandoth, N.; Pérez Hernández, J.; Palomares, E.; Lloret-Fillol, J.
Sustain. Energy Fuels 20215, 638-665

An Iron Pyridyl-Carbene Electrocatalyst for Low Overpotential CO2 Reduction to CO
Gonell, S.; Lloret-Fillol, J.; Miller, A. J. M.
ACS Catal. 202111 (2), 615–626



Fabrication of Highly Efficient Electrodes and Test for the Production of Hydrogen under Industrial Relevant Conditions in Anionic Membrane Exchange ElectrolyzersMinisterio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: PDC2021-121185-I00

Development of new catalysts for oxidation and reduction chemistry in the context of Artificial Photosynthesis
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: PID2019-110050RB-I00

Strategies for the Catalytic Transformation of Plastic Waste Into Valuable Building Blocks
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: EIN2020-112336

Development of an industrializable MVP for versatile parallel photoreactors
AGAUR | Ref: 2019 PROD 00121

Lloret-Fillol Research Group
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 1647

An Artificial Leaf: a photo-electro-catalytic cell from earth-abundant materials for sustainable solar production of CO2-based chemicals and fuels
Collaborative Projects | Ref: 732840 Web page



Isolating an elusive missing link 

ELECTRA project: one step closer to market