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PhD in Organic Synthesis



The current Doctorate Program in Organic Synthesis by the University of Alicante (RD 99/2011) was positively verified by the Council of Universities in 2013, implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year and modified with a positive evaluation in 2015. La Agència Valenciana d ' Avaluació i Prospectiva issued in 2018 a favorable report on the follow-up of the doctoral program and, in 2019, the Council of Universities has resolved to renew the accreditation of said program. The teaching and research staff of this report is made up of 14 members, of which 10 are University Professors and 2 University Professors. The scientific production of the research teams involved in this program in the last 5 years is summarized in 23 doctoral theses, some 200 articles in indexed journals, numerous communications to national and international conferences, and three invention patents. All of the above highlights the academic relevance and high scientific productivity derived from the doctoral program in Organic Synthesis.

Regarding graduates of the doctoral program, it should be noted that the vast majority are working in related industries or doing postdoctoral stays. The interest on the part of society in the development of the professional activity of these people lies in the fact that they are capable of enhancing the scientific, technological and innovation components, which is fundamental today in any industrial activity carried out in an environment dominated by globalization and offshoring. The members of the research teams that appear in this report also participate in teaching the Master in Medical Chemistry at the University of Alicante, which allows students to have more direct contact with industry professionals through the teaching of seminars in two of the Master's subjects: "Seminars in Biosciences" and "Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry". This contact with the industry is maintained in the doctoral program through the activity "Research Seminars and Workshops".

Regarding the demand for the doctoral program by students, if we stick to the data of the last 5 years, the 23 doctoral theses were defended by Spanish students, 22 of which came from the University of Alicante and 21 agreed to the doctorate program through the Master in Medical Chemistry of the same university. Currently, of 19 students, 5 are from other countries (Romania, Algeria, USA and Japan; approximately 25% of the total), 13 were trained at the University of Alicante and 14 accessed through the Master in Medical Chemistry of said University. It can be concluded that, currently, there is a notable interest on the part of students from other countries in pursuing the doctoral program in Organic Synthesis at the University of Alicante.

It is worth highlighting the integration of the doctoral program in the CAMPUSHABITAT5U project, for which the University of Alicante, together with the rest of the Universities that make up the Valencian Public University System (SUPV), obtained, in the 2011 call, the mention of Campus of International Excellence.

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

CAMPUSHABITAT5U currently has teams and activities of recognized prestige that have been developing projects of international excellence with innovative projection and socio-economic impact on Habitat and Territory. Thus, the following data should be highlighted as of 2016: the integration into the project of 65 doctoral programs, 750 students, about 100 R&D groups, 39 University Institutes, 3 Mixed Centers with the CSIC, 8 Community Technological Institutes Valenciana, 36 Chairs, 18 spin-offs (generated in four years), 40 patents applied for, 36 annual technology license contracts and more than 5000 researchers and support staff in the Science Parks.

Finally, it should be noted that CAMPUSHABITAT5U develops its specialization strategy through 4 areas of action in Habitat and Territory (Building; Home; Planning and Management; Social Space), which allows promoting advanced research through collaborative interdisciplinary research and interuniversity, attracting and promoting highly qualified research talent and facilitating the development of research projects in which all branches of knowledge intersect.


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.


  • Antón Cánovas, Teresa
  • Baciu, Bianca Catalina
  • Belabbes, Asmaa
  • BronK, Pawel Jaroslaw
  • Burlingham, Sarah Jayne
  • Estruch Blasco, Manel
  • García Mingüens, Eduardo
  • González Gallardo, Nerea
  • Hernández Ibáñez, Sandra
  • Hidalgo León, Raquel
  • Llopis Costa,  Natalia
  • Mc Donald, James Laurier
  • Martos González, Mario
  • Moreno Cabrerizo, Cristina
  • Ortuño Navarro, Juan Francisco
  • Rodríguez Flórez, Lesly Viviana
  • Saavedra Guillem, Beatriz
  • Sirvent Verdú, Ana
  • Torregrosa Chinillach, Alejandro


  • L1 -  Catalysis in organic synthesis
  • L2 -  New organic materials
  • L3 -  Heterolytic organic chemistry
  • L4 -  Asymmetric synthesis
  • L5 -  Sustainable organic synthesis
  • L6 -  New methodologies in organic synthesis

Relación de las líneas de investigación que figuren en la memoria


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)

    Specific training activity consisting of attending seminars, conferences or courses taught by researchers linked to the doctoral program or renowned guest researchers. The objective is that, periodically, a researcher explains in one-hour seminars his research work to all students of the doctoral program. At least one of these seminars per course will be related to the gender perspective. The courses may have a variable duration and be on a specific topic.

    Temporary planning: Students will be able to participate in this training activity throughout the entire period of doctoral training.

    Control procedure: Students will have to attend a minimum of 10 of these seminars and prepare a short report-summary of 10 of the seminars that will be included in the Doctoral Student's Activities Document.
  • Activity 2: Seminar performed by PhD students (25 hours)

    Activity consisting of the public exposition and defense of the work carried out during each year to the rest of the students and professors of the doctoral program, as well as attendance at the expositions of the rest of the students of the program. The presentation of seminars by students based on research articles of special relevance and general interest is also included here.

    Temporary planning: Students will be able to participate in this training activity throughout the entire period of doctoral training.

    Control procedure: The student will include in the Document of Activities of the PhD student a copy of the files of her participation as a speaker and a list of the seminars she has attended as a listener.

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

    Specific training activity consisting of training for scientific communication. The activity will include the preparation, submission of the abstract, and the public presentation (in case of acceptance) of a work related to the theme of the Thesis in congresses, conferences, work meetings (workshops) or doctoral workshops, national or international.

    Temporary planning: Students will be able to participate in this training activity throughout the entire period of doctoral training.

    Control procedure: Certificate of attendance at the scientific communication event and bibliographic reference of the proceedings of the event in the Doctorate Activities Document.

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

    Optional activity of specific training consisting of the mobility of the doctoral student to a University or Higher Research Center, different from the one in which they are enrolled, to carry out research tasks related to their thesis topic. As long as the economic situation allows it, priority will be given to mobilities of an international nature over national ones. The former will be a minimum stay of three months while the latter will be a minimum of one month.

    Temporary planning: it is recommended that the mobilities take place from the second year, when it is assumed that the student will have greater experience and autonomy.

    Control procedure: Certificate of stay issued by the unit responsible for the stay at the University or Research Center.



  • 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)

  • María Iris Martín García, Director: Francisco Alonso Valdés, New adventures in supported copper nanoparticles, University of Alicante, november 2020. International mention. (Publications)
  • María Albert Soriano, Director: Isidro Manuel Pastor Beviá, Towards sustainability in organic transformations catalysed by 1,3-bis(carboxymethyl)imidazole-based systems, University of Alicante, September, 2020. International mention. (Publicaciones)
  • Cynthia Molina Molina, Dres.: Carmen Nájera Domingo y D. José Miguel Sansano Gil, Síntesis de 2-oxindoles 3,3-disustituidos por alquilación desacilativa, University of Alicante, July 2020.. (RUA), (Publicaciones)
  • Diego Felipe Blanco, Director: José Carlos González Gómez, Salicylic Acid-Catalyzed Radical Arylations from In-situ Formed Arenediazonium Salts, University of Alicante, July 2020. International mention.(Publications)
  • Marcos Ferrándiz Saperas, Director: Jose Miguel Sansano Gil, Azomethine Ylides for the Synthesis of Antibiotics, Enantioselective Prolinates and a Graphene-supported Catalyst, University of Alicante, june 2020. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Patricia Paula Gisbert de Ves, Director: Isidro Manuel Pastor Beviá, Functionalized imidazolium salts as components in catalytic systems, University of Alicante, September 2019. International mention. (RUA), (Publicaciones)
  • Diego Ros Ñíguez, Director: Gabriela Guillena Townley and Diego A. Alonso Velasco, Deep eutectic solvents: platform for asymmetric catalysis, University of Alicante, September 2019. International mention.(RUA), (Publicaciones)
  • Nieves Pilar Ramírez Hernández, Director: González Gómez, Jose Carlos, Visible light-promoted transformations of carboxylic acids using organic photocatalysts, University of Alicante, July 2019. International mention.(Publications)
  • Alejandro Lahosa Tortajada, Director: Yus Astiz, Miguel and Foubelo García, Francisco, Development of new synthetic methodologies of piperidine and quinolizidine systems from N-terc-butanosulfinil, University of Alicante, July 2019. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Xavier Marset Gimeno, Director: Guillena Townley, Gabriela and Ramón Dangla, Diego J., Deep eutectic solvents: À la carte solvents for cross-coupling, University of Alicante, june 2019. International mention. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Elisabet Selva Martínez, Director: Sansano, Jose M. and 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 and 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.. (RUA), (Publications)
  • Verónica Selva Martínez, Director/a: Nájera, Carmen and 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 and 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. and 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. (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 and 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 and 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)

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Alicante (Spain)

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