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PhD in Organic Synthesis



The Organic Chemistry area at the University of Alicante has developed considerably in the last two decades in both basic and applied research, as evidenced by the funding it receives on a continuous basis from national and regional public bodies, as well as the cooperation with national and international private entities. The research activity in this knowledge area is based mainly on two training programmes, the Master's Degree in Medical Chemistry and the PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis.

The PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis derives from the University of Alicante's degree in Organic Synthesis, which in turn derives from two former degrees which coincided in time: the Interuniversity Degree in Organic Chemistry in the Chemical-Pharmaceutical Industry (Ref. 2004-00280), which received a Quality Award, and the UA Degree in Chemistry.

The PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis belongs to and is managed by the University Institute of Organic Synthesis (ISO), established as a university institute in October 2003 to train researchers through the PhD degree and develop activities for research excellence in the Organic Chemistry area, with a focus on applying basic research results 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 PhD degree are:

  • Providing third-cycle training covering basic and applied aspects of Organic Synthesis.
  • Strengthening scientific, technological and innovation skills allowing professionals to enter the job market in various sectors (industrial, research or teaching).
  • Promoting contact with other universities, research centres and companies active in the Organic Synthesis area.
  • Consolidating and strengthening Organic Synthesis research at the University of Alicante.

It is worthy to note that this PhD degree is included in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project, whereby the University of Alicante, along with the other universities that make up the Valencian Public University System (SUPV), obtained the 2011 International Excellence Campus Award; thus, the PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis is part of the University of Alicante's R&D+i strategy.

CAMPUSHABITAT5U is intended to promote and enhance an intelligent, sustainable and all-encompassing growth process based on knowledge, innovation, creativity, resource efficiency, employability and social and territorial cohesion, its essential characteristics being inclusion (as it is a campus located in the Region of Valencia which pools efforts and shares knowledge), specialisation (it develops a unique excellence project in Spain in the field of habitat and territory), an interdisciplinary approach (it is a multisectoral, multidisciplinary campus, based on the interplay between a range of economic sectors and multiple disciplines) and internationalisation (since it focuses on international teaching and research, attracts talent and consolidates an alliance network).

At present, CAMPUSHABITAT5U is made up of renowned teams and offers exciting activities. Its members develop innovative international excellence projects with a socio-economic impact in the habitat and territory knowledge area. It should be noted that the project comprises 66 PhD degrees (about 1,000 students), 97 R&D groups, 39 university institutes, 3 joint centres with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), 8 technological institutes in the Region of Valencia, 36 research chairs, 14 spin-offs created in recent years, 32 patents applied for in 2010, 30 yearly technology licence contracts and more than 5,000 researchers and support staff in 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

Students must hold an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering and a Master's degree comprising a majority of courses in the Organic Chemistry area.

Students are recommended to have the following skills and background 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 determining, identifying and characterising organic compounds; (e) being familiar with the material and basic techniques employed in an Organic Chemistry laboratory.

Spanish and English are recommended as working languages (level B1).

This PhD degree offers 10 places for new full-time students. Exceptionally, part-time students may be admitted after each case is assessed by the PhD Degree Academic Committee.

PhD graduate profile

After completing the PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis, PhD graduates should have gained cross-curricular and specific teaching, research and industrial skills. On the one hand, PhDs will be able to undertake postdoctoral stays for further training, with a view to pursuing a teaching or research career at the research departments of public or private centres. On the other hand, PhDs can choose a professional career, which will allow them to design, develop and manage projects in a variety of industrial sectors related to 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 PhD programme and well-known guest researchers.   
    The goal is for researchers to 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 throughout 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 PhD 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’ presentations 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 throughout 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 mark (10 points) for this 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 involving scientific communication training.  
    The activity will consist of drafting and submitting an abstract, as well as presenting (if accepted) a paper on the PhD topic at conferences, lectures, workshops or PhD workshops, both nationally and internationally.

    Time planning: Students will be able to participate in this activity throughout 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 involving PhD student mobility at national and international renowned universities and research centres, to undertake research tasks related to their PhD topic. 
    Where economically possible, priority to international over national mobility will be given. 
    The first research stays will last at least three months, whereas the last stays will last at least one month.

    Time planning: Students are encouraged to perform research stays from their second year, as it is assumed that they will have gained enough experience and autonomy.

    Control procedures: Certificate issued by the unit responsible for the stay at the university or research centre.



  • Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC)
  • Monitoring of the PhD Degree in Organic Synthesis
  • Mechanisms to prevent fraud and guarantee the originality of the investigation: It is the responsibility of the guardian and director figures to ensure original and quality research. To this end, a plan of actions has been developed that includes: (a) periodically transmitting from CAP to students, tutors and directors their responsibility to avoid fraud and guarantee the originality of the investigation; (b) urge teachers to use the TURNITIN computer tool, recently provided by the UA for the detection of plagiarism of texts. The PD faculty is trained in the use of this tool, through a recent course organized by ICE.
  • Quality Assurance Committee: The Permanent Academic Committee is the body responsible for the PhD degree's internal quality assurance system. The control procedures in place are in compliance with the University of Alicante Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC). To gather information on this matter, meetings are regularly held with supervisors/directors and students and surveys are conducted by the UA's SGIC.



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PhD THESES (Royal Decree 99/2011)

  • Elisabet Selva Martínez, Director: Sansano, Jose M. y Foubelo, Francisco, Synthesis of fatty acid derivatives and bioactive heterocycles, University of Alicante, February 2019. International mention. (Publications)
  • Manuel Carrera Fernández, Director: Guijarro Pastor, Albert, Materials derived from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons intercalated with alkali metals, University of Alicante, September 2018. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Edgar Maciá Gil, Director: Yus, Miguel y Foubelo, Francisco, Diastereoselectiva Synthesis of α-Functionalized Amines from N-tert-butanosulfinyl imines, University of Alicante, July 2018.(RUA), (Publications)
  • María José González Soria, Director: Alonso Valdés, Francisco, Selective synthesis and reactivity of indolizines, University of Alicante, July 2018. International mention. (Publications)
  • Verónica Selva Martínez, Director/a: Nájera, Carmen y Sansano, Jose M., Diastereoselective multicomponent [3+2] and [4+2] cycloadditions, University of Alicante, April 2018. International mention. (RUA),(Publications)
  • Aitor Ortega Martínez, Director/a: Nájera, Carmen y Sansano, Jose M., Synthesis of 3,3-disubstituted 2-oxindoles by deacylative alkylation and photocatalytic alkylation of olefins by zinc-sulfinates, University of Alicante, March 2018. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Melania Gómez Martínez, Director: Alonso Velasco, D. y Baeza Carratalá, Alejandro, Graphene-based materials in metal-, carbo- & organocatalysis, University of Alicante, October 2017. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Jesús Flores Ferrándiz, Director: Chinchilla Cruz, Rafael, Chiral Aminocarbamates Derived from trans-Cyclohexane-1,2-Diamines as Organocatalysts in Conjugate Addition Reactions, University of Alicante, September 2017. International mention (RUA), (Publications)
  • Cintia Antón Torrecillas, Director: González Gómez, Jose Carlos, Synthesis of bioactive chiral phenanthroizidines and phenanthridines with pharmacological potential, University of Alicante, December 2016. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Juana María Pérez Galera, Director: Ramón Dangla, Diego J., Impregnated cobalt, nickel, copper and palladium oxides on magnetite: nanocatalysts for organic synthesis, University of Alicante, May 2016. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Alberto Cayuelas Rubio, Director/a: Nájera, Carmen y Sansano, Jose M., Imino esters as precursors of azomethine ylides in 1;3 - dipolar cycloaddition and mannich reactions, University of Alicante, March 2016. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Gabriel Estañ Cerezo, Director: Martín-Martínez, Jose Miguel y Alonso Velasco, Diego, Physicochemical characterization of different adhesives based on ethyl cyanoacrylate, University of Alicante, December 2015. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Emilio Fernández Mateos, Directora: Maciá Ruiz, Beatriz, New methodologies for the catalytic enantioselective addition of organometallic reagents to carbonyl compounds, University of Alicante, June 2015. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)

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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