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Belén Martín Matute was born in Madrid. She obtained her Licenciate in Organic Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1998.

She then joined the group of Prof. A. M. Echavarren where she received her doctoral degree with sobresaliente cum laude in 2002 working on transition-metal-catalysed reactions: intramolecular arylations and cyclisations of furans with alkynes.

In 2003, she joined the group of Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall at Stockholm University for her postdoctoral studies where she worked on the dynamic kinetic resolution of sec-alcohols combining ruthenium and enzyme catalysts.

She spent two more years in the group of Prof. J. C. Carretero in Madrid working on asymmetric catalysis.

In October 2007, she returned to Stockholm University as Assistant Professor, where she became Associate Professor in 2012, and Full Professor in 2014.