Professional trajectory

2009

University of Oviedo
Spain

PhD with Prof. Barluenga, Fañanás and Rodríguez

Abraham was born and raised in Gijón, a city in the beautiful coast of Asturias (north of Spain). There, he completed his undergraduate studies in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry in the University of Oviedo (2000-2004). Then, Abraham joined the research group of Prof. José Barluenga at the same university, under the co-supervision of Prof. Javier Fañanás and Dr. Felix Rodríguez (2003-2010). Following an early education (MSc) on the organometallic chemistry of metal-carbene complexes, his PhD was earned studying new modes of catalytic activation of alkynes, culminating in the total synthesis of (–)-Berkelic Acid.

2010 - 2012

The Scripps Research Institute
USA

Post-doc with Prof. Phil S. Baran

After completing his PhD, he was honored to join Prof. Baran’s laboratories at The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA) on a Fulbright Fellowship (2010-2012). Under Phil’s mentorship, he was introduced to the total synthesis of natural products using C-H functionalization logic (taxanes) and the development of methods for that purpose.

2012 - 2013

The University of Cambridge
UK

Post-doc with Prof. M. J. Gaunt

Then, he moved back to Europe as a Marie Curie Fellow (2012-2014) at the University of Cambridge, working under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Gaunt on bioorthogonal chemistry and C-H insertion catalysis.

2013 -

Stockholm University
Sweden

2013 - Junior Group Leader
2017 - Knut & Alice Wallenberg Fellow

In late 2013, he started his independent career at Stockholm University (Dept. of Organic Chemistry) as a Junior Researcher of the Swedish Research Council and became a member of the Berzelii EXSELENT Center on Porous Materials. In 2017, he was promoted to become a permament member of the faculty with the generous sponsorship of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. His group is currently pursuing scalable and automatic synthetic methods involving C–H functionalization, oxidative coupling and main-group organometallic photochemistry.

Fellowships and Awards

  • FPU National Graduate Fellowship (Spain, 2005)
  • Extraordinary doctorate award (U. Oviedo, 2010)
  • Fulbright Fellowship (US Department of State, 2010)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (EU, 2012)
  • JSP Fellow (Swiss Chemical Society, 2016)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2017)
  • Grants

  • Junior Researchers Grant (VR)
  • Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (FP7, EU)
  • Patent Development Funding (VINNOVA)
  • Strategic funds (EXSELENT)
  • ERC Starting Grant (H2020, EU)
  • Wallenberg Academy Fellows (KAW Foundation)