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Doctoral Programme in Organic Synthesis



At the University of Alicante, the area of Organic Chemistry has experienced a remarkable development in the last two decades, not only at the level of basic research but also applied. Proof of this is the continuous funding received from public bodies, both nationally and regionally, as well as the collaboration maintained with private entities both nationally and internationally. This research is supported, fundamentally, in two training programs, the "Master in Medical Chemistry" and the "Doctorate in Organic Synthesis".

The "Program of Doctorate in Organic Synthesis" derives from the program "Organic Synthesis" of the University of Alicante, and this in turn, of two others that overlapped in time: the Interuniversity with a Quality Mention "Organic Chemistry in Industry Chemical-Pharmaceutical "(Ref. 2004-00280) and the one of" Química "of the University of Alicante.

The "Doctoral Program in Organic Synthesis" is attached to the University Institute of Organic Synthesis (ISO), the unit responsible for its management. This was established as a University Research Institute in October 2003 and aims not only to train researchers through the Doctorate Program, but also to develop research activities of excellence in the area of Organic Chemistry, mainly seeking a application of the results of basic research to technological development. The ISO is qualified to develop research projects related to the pharmaceutical, food, fragrance and cosmetics, dyes and paints, polymer, agrochemical and petrochemical industries, among others.

The general objectives of the Doctorate Program are:

  • Provide a third cycle training that covers basic and applied aspects of the Organic Synthesis.
  • Strengthen the scientific, technological and innovation capabilities that allow the professional to enter different sectors of the labor market (industrial, research or teaching).
  • Promote contact with other Universities, Research Centers and companies active in the area of Organic Synthesis.
  • Consolidate and strengthen research in Organic Synthesis at the University of Alicante.

It is worth highlighting the integration of the Doctorate Program in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project, whereby the University of Alicante, along with the rest of the Universities that make up the Valencian Public University System (SUPV), obtained, in the 2011 call, the mention of Campus de International Excellence This fact indicates that the Doctoral Program in Organic Synthesis is integrated into the R + D + i strategy of the University of Alicante.

The objective of CAMPUSHABITAT5U is to promote and stimulate a process of intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth based on knowledge, innovation, creativity, resource efficiency, employability and social and territorial cohesion, its essential characteristics being the aggregation - as soon as it forms a Campus in the Valencian Community that adds efforts and shares knowledge-, the specialization -in that it develops a unique project of excellence in the Spanish state in the field of "Habitat and the Territory" -, the interdisciplinarity - since it it is about a multisectorial and multidisciplinary campus, based on the interaction of different economic sectors and multiple disciplines - and internationalization - insofar as it highlights the international teaching and research dimension, attracts talent and consolidates the network of alliances.

CAMPUSHABITAT5U currently has equipment and activities of recognized prestige that have been developing projects of international excellence with innovative projection and socio-economic impact in Habitat and Territory. Thus, it is worth mentioning the integration in the project of 66 doctoral programs (around 1000 students), 97 R & D groups, 39 University Institutes, 3 Mixed Centers with the CSIC, 8 Technological Institutes of the Valencian Community, 36 Chairs, 14 Spin-offs, generated in recent years, 32 patents applied for in 2010, 30 annual technology license contracts and more than 5,000 researchers and support staff in the Science Parks.


Director Francisco Alonso Valdés
Secretary: Albert Guijarro Pasto
Postal Address:

Instituto Universitario de Síntesis Orgánica

Facultad de Ciencias. Fase I. Última Planta

Universidad de Alicante

Carretera San Vicente del Raspeig, S/N

03690  San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante)

Tlfo.: 965903400  Ext. 2121;   Fax: 965903549


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Composición de la Comisión Académica y otros órganos, si los hubiera.


  • Albert Soriano, María
  • Belabbes, Asmaa
  • Catalina Baciu, Bianca
  • Chábour, Ihssene
  • Felipe Blanco, Diego
  • Ferrándiz Sapena, Marcos
  • García Mingüens, Eduardo
  • Gisbert De Ves, Patricia Paula
  • Hernández Ibáñez, Sandra
  • Lahosa Tortajada, Alejandro
  • LLopis, Natalia
  • Mc Donald, James Laurier
  • Marset Gimeno, Xavier
  • Martín García, María Iris
  • Molina Molina, Cynthia
  • Moreno Cabrerizo, Cristina
  • Ramírez Hernández, Nieves Pilar
  • Ros Ñíguez, Diego
  • Saavedra Guillem, Beatriz
  • Selva Martínez, Elisabet
  • Sirvent Verdú, Ana


  • L1 -  Nanocatalysis in organic synthesis
  • L2 -  New organic materials
  • L3 -  Physics and chemistry of organic reactions
  • L4 -  Sustainable organometallic catalysis
  • L5 -  Asymmetric metal- and organocatalysis
  • L6 -  Organometallic compounds in organic synthesis
  • L7 -  Sustainable organic synthesis
  • L8 -  N-heterocyclic carbenes
  • L9 -  Natural and analogue products synthesis
  • L10 - Asymmetric synthesis
  • L11 - Heterolytic organic chemistry

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Admission profile

Be in possession of a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering and a Master's degree with a predominance of subjects in the area of Organic Chemistry.

It is recommended that the student possess the following capacities and previous knowledge: (a) general aspects of the terminology and nomenclature in Organic Chemistry; (b) properties of organic and organometallic compounds; (c) types of reactions and main routes of synthesis in Organic Chemistry; (d) principles, procedures and techniques used for the determination, identification and characterization of organic compounds; (e) know the material and basic techniques of a laboratory of Organic Chemistry.

Castilian and English are recommended as languages of use (level B1).

The PhD Program offers 10 new admission places per full-time course. Extraordinarily, part-time students may be admitted after study of each case by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Program.

Output profile

The exit profile of the graduates of the Doctoral Program in Organic Synthesis that is to be achieved includes the acquisition of competences, both transversal and specific, at three levels: the teacher, the research and the industrial. On the one hand, the graduate will be able to carry out postdoctoral stays that provide additional advanced training aimed at a teaching and / or research career in public or private centers that have research departments. On the other hand, the graduate may opt for a more professional direction, which allows him to design, develop and manage projects in different sectors of the industry related to the Organic Synthesis.




  • Activity 1: Research seminars and workshops (15 hours)

    Description : Specific training activity for PhD candidates to attend seminars taught by  both researchers connected to the doctoral programme and well-known guest researchers.   
    The goal is for researchers explain their research activity in two-hour seminars to all doctoral students in the PhD degree periodically.

    Time planning : Students will be able to participate in this activity along their PhD training period.

    Control Procedures : Students must attend a minimum of 10 of these seminars, which will be included in their PhD Activity Record. Additionally, students must submit a short report-format abstract of 10 of the seminars. 
    Both attendance and the report will be equally assessed (50%) within the overall evaluation of the activity (10 points).

  • Activity 2: Seminar performed by doctoral students (25 hours)

    Description : Training activity for PhD candidates consisting of a presentation and public defence of their yearly work in front of both the other PhD candidates and their PhD lecturers. Attendance to the other PhD candidates’ presentation is also compulsory. 
    This activity also includes the presentation of seminars by the PhD candidates based on relevant research articles  
    of public interest.

    Time planning : Students will be able to participate in this activity along their PhD training period.

    Control Procedures : Students must attend the presentations and their participation will be stated on their PhD Activity Record. Additionally, students must submit a short report-format abstract of 10 of the seminars. 
    The student’s overall grade (10 points) of the activity will be based on their presentations (50%), attendance to other presentations (25%) and the report-format abstract (25%). 

  • Activity 3: Presentation of scientific papers (30 hours)

    Description : Specific activity consisting of training PhD candidates in scientific communication.  
    The activity will consist of the preparation and submission of an abstract, as well as the presentation (if accepted) of a work related to the PhD topic in conferences, lectures, workshops or PhD workshops, both nationwide and internationally.

    Time planning : Students will be able to participate in this activity along their PhD training period.

    Control Procedures : Certificate of attendance at the scientific communication event with accredited acceptance or bibliographic reference of the conference proceedings on the PhD Activity Record

  • Activity 4: Stays at universities and research centres (160 hours)

    Description : Specific training activity consisting of the doctoral student's mobility to national and international renowned universities and research centres to carrying out research tasks related to their thesis topic. 
    Economy permitting, priority to international over national mobility will be given. 
    First research stays will have a minimum length of three months whereas last stays minimum duration can be one month.

    Time planning : Students are encouraged to perform research stays from their second year as we assume they will have built up a broad range of experience and autonomy.

    Control Procedures : Certificate issued by the unit responsible for the stay at the university or research centrer.


  • System of Internal Guarantee of Quality (SGIC)
  • Follow-up of the Doctorate in Organic Synthesis
  • Quality Guarantee Committee : The Permanent Academic Committee is the body responsible for the internal system of guarantee of the quality of the doctoral program. The applied control procedures are based on those that are part of the Internal System of Guarantee of the Quality of the University of Alicante (SGIC). The mechanisms for gathering information on this matter are the meetings regularly held with the tutors/directors and students, as well as the surveys provided by the University's SGIC.




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PhD THESIS (Royal Decree 99/2011)

  • Manuel Carrera Fernández, Materiales derivados de hidrocarburos aromáticos policíclicos intercalados con metales alcalinos, University of Alicante, septiembre 2018.
  • Edgar Maciá Gil, Síntesis Diastereoselectiva de Aminas α-Funcionalizadas a partir de N-terc-Butanosulfinil iminas, University of Alicante, julio 2018.
  • María José González Soria, Selective synthesis and reactivity of indolizines, University of Alicante, julio 2018. Mención internacional.
  • Verónica Selva Martínez, Diastereoselective multicomponent [3+2] and [4+2] cycloadditions, University of Alicante, abril 2018. Mención internacional.
  • Aitor Ortega Martínez, Synthesis of 3,3-disubstituted 2-oxindoles by deacylative alkylation and photocatalytic alkylation of olefins by zinc-sulfinates, University of Alicante, marzo 2018. Mención internacional.
  • Melania Gómez Martínez, Graphene-based materials in metal-, carbo- & organocatalysis, University of Alicante, octubre 2017. Mención internacional.
  • Jesús Flores Ferrándiz, Chiral Aminocarbamates Derived from trans-Cyclohexane-1,2-Diamines as Organocatalysts in Conjugate Addition Reactions, University of Alicante, septiembre 2017. Mención internacional
  • Cintia Antón Torrecillas, Síntesis de fenantroizidinas quirales bioactivas y fenantridinas con potencial farmacológico, University of Alicante, diciembre 2016. Mención internacional.
  • Juana María Pérez Galera, Impregnated cobalt, nickel, copper and palladium oxides on magnetite: nanocatalysts for organic synthesis, University of Alicante, mayo 2016. Mención internacional.
  • Alberto Cayuelas Rubio, Imino esters as precursors of azomethine ylides in 1;3 - dipolar cycloaddition and mannich reactions, University of Alicante, marzo 2016. Mención internacional.
  • Gabriel Estañ Cerezo, Caracterización fisicoquímica de diferentes adhesivos basados en cianoacrilato de etilo, University of Alicante, diciembre de 2015.
  • Emilio Fernández Mateos, New methodologies for the catalytic enantioselective addition of organometallic reagents to carbonyl compounds, University of Alicante, junio de 2015. Mención internacional.


Institute of Organic Synthesis (ISO)

Universidad de Alicante
Facultad de Ciencias. Fase I.
Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig S/N
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 3400. Ext. 2121

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3464

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