Prof. Arjan W. Kleij


Group Leader:

Arjan W. Kleij, ICREA Professor

Administrative Support:

Ingrid Mateu

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Bart Limburg / Francesco de la Monica / Debasish Ghorai / Alexander Lücht (until Mar.)

PhD Students:

Alèria García / Àlex Cristofol / Cristina Maquilón / Kun Guo / Sijing Xue / Chang Qiao / Alba Villar / Jixiang Ni / Xuetong Li / Qian Zeng / Jianing Xie (unitl Oct.)

Visiting Students:

Vatharaporn Aomchad (until Aug.)


The group of Prof. Kleij focuses on the conversion of small molecules, such as CO2, into heterocyclic compounds useful in the synthesis of fine chemical and pharmaceutical products. The carboxylative conversion of these heterocycles and related structures is used to discover new stereo and enantioselective transformations with the ultimate goal of synthesizing relevant and complex molecules. In addition, biomass compounds such as terpenes are used to design different types of polyesters and polycarbonates with new properties of potential interest for industry.


Unlocking the Potential of Substrate‐Directed CO2 Activation and Conversion: Pushing the Boundaries of Catalytic Cyclic Carbonate and Carbamate Formation
Limburg, B.; Cristofol, A.; Della Monica, F.; Kleij, A. W.;
ChemSusChem 2020, 13 (23), 6056-6065

Pd-catalyzed stereoselective tandem ring-opening amination/cyclization of vinyl gamma-lactones: Access to caprolactam diversity
Xie, J.; Li, X.; Kleij, A. W.
Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 8839-8845

From terpenes to sustainable and functional polymers
Della Monica, F.; Kleij, A. W.
Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 5109-5127


Organocatalytic Trapping of Elusive Carbon Dioxide based Heterocycles through a Kinetically Controlled Cascade Process
Qiao, C.; Villar-Yanez, A.; Sprachmann, J.; Limburg, B.; Bo, C.; Kleij, A. W.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59 (42), 18446-18451

Photochemical and Substrate‐Driven CO2 Conversion
Limburg, B.; Maquilón, C.; Kleij, A. W.
BOOK CHAPTER In: «CO2 as Building Block in Organic Synthesis», Ed. Shoubhik Das, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2020, 1

Arjan W. Kleij
Kleij, A. W.
ChemCatChem 2020, 12 (15), 3830-3830

Mechanistic guidelines in nonreductive conversion of CO2: the case of cyclic carbonates
Della Monica, F.; Kleij, A. W.
Catal. Sci. Technol. 2020, 10, 3483-3501

Advancing Halide-Free Catalytic Synthesis of CO2 based Heterocycles
Kleij, A. W.
Curr. Opin. Green Sustain. Chem. 2020, 24, 72-81

Cu-Catalyzed Synthesis of Tetrasubstituted 2,3-Allenols through Decarboxylative Silylation of Alkyne-Substituted Cyclic Carbonates
Guo, K.; Kleij, A. W.
Org. Lett. 2020, 22 (10), 3942-3945

Across the Board: Arjan W. Kleij on Electrosynthesis for Regioselective Carboxylation of Aromatic Alkenes
Kleij, A. W.
ChemSusChem 2020, 13, 2098-2100

Effect of an Al(III) Complex on the Regio- and Stereoisomeric Formation of Bicyclic Organic Carbonates
Maquilón, C. ; Limburg, B.; Laserna, V.; Garay-Ruiz, D.; González-Fabra, J.; Bo, C.; Martínez Belmonte, M.; Escudero-Adán, E. C.; Kleij, A. W.
Organometallics 2020, 39 (9), 1642-165

Fully bio-derived CO2 polymers for non-isocyanate based polyurethane synthesis
Dechent, S. E.; Kleij, A. W.; Luinstra, G. A.
Green Chem. 2020, 22, 969-978

Interview with Arjan W. Kleij
Kleij, A. W.
Org. Chem. Front. 2020, 7, 723-725


Carbon MonoPoly
Training Network in Innovative CO2 Transformations and Valorization Route

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación | Ref: EIN2020-112346

Tecnologías Químicas para la Valorización de Residuos Industriales en los Pirineos

Collaborative Projects | Ref: EFA308/19
Project Website

Sintesis Estereo y Enantioselectiva para la Valorización de Heterociclos Funcionales
Ministerio | Ref: CTQ2017-88920-P

Valorització de Molècules Petites en Síntesis fina i Formació de Biopolímers
AGAUR | Ref: 2017 SGR 232


Theses Supervised

Jianing Xie
October 15th, 2020
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
‘Advancing Pd-catalyzed Stereoselective Allylic Substitution Reactions’



Kleij and Pérez-Temprano recognised by the RSEQ

Launch of the TRYPyr project