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Andreu Tortajada Navarro

PhD in Chemistry

Research: Organic Chemistry

Research: Inorganic Chemistry


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Postdoctoral Researcher

I obtained my BSc in Chemistry in 2015 from the University of Valencia. Then, I moved to Tarragona, to work under the supervision of Professor Ruben Martin in the development of Nickel catalyzed carboxylation and amidation reactions, including the implementation of isotope-labelling techniques. During these years, I obtained a MSc in Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Design from the University Rovira i Virgili in 2016 and then a PhD in Chemistry in December 2020. In July 2021, I joined the group of Professor Eva Hevia at the University of Bern to work on cooperative bimetallic chemistry, with a focus on their catalytic applications. Outside the lab, I enjoy teaching and practicing step aerobics, singing and travelling.


  • PhD in Chemical Science Rovira i Virgili University and ICIQ - Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (Tarragona, Spain) 
  • MSc in Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Design  Rovira i Virgili University and ICIQ - Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (Tarragona, Spain) 
  • MSc in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education and Upper Secondary Education National Distance Education University (UNED, Spain)
  • BSc in Chemistry University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain)

Selected publications

For a full list please visit my google scholar or ORCID
Development of Sterically Hindered and Basic Sodium Amides for Catalytic Hydrogen Isotope Exchange

Melina S. Tschopp, Andrew W.J. Platten, Eva Hevia, Andreu Tortajada*

EurJIC, 2024, e202400200

New Frontiers in Organosodium Chemistry as Sustainable Alternatives to Organolithium Reagents

D.E. Anderson, A. Tortajada*, E. Hevia*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202313556

 Alkali-metal Bases in Catalytic Hydrogen Isotope Exchange Processes 

A. Tortajada*, E. Hevia*
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2023, DOI: 10.1039/D3CY00825H

Sodium Mediated Deprotonative Borylation of Arenes Using Sterically Demanding B(CH2SiMe3)3: Unlocking Polybasic Behaviour and Competing Lateral Borane Sodiation 

A. Tortajada,L. Bole, M. Mu, M. Standford, M. Peñas-Defrutos, M. Garcia-Melchor, E. Hevia*
Chem. Sci., 2023,14, 6538-6545

Highly Reactive Hydrocarbon Soluble Alkylsodium Reagents for Benzylic Aroylation of Toluenes using Weinreb Amides

D. E. Anderson, A. Tortajada, E. Hevia*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202218498

Uncovering the Untapped Potential of the Use of Sodium Amides for Regioselective Arene Functionalisation

A. Tortajada*, E. Hevia*
Chimia 2023, 77, 225, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2023.225.

Perdeuteration of Arenes via Hydrogen Isotope Exchange Catalyzed by the Superbasic Sodium Amide Donor Species NaTMP·PMDETA

A. Tortajada, E. Hevia*
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 44, 20237–20242

Gram-Scale Synthesis, Isolation and Characterisation of Sodium Organometallics: nBuNa and NaTMP

A. Tortajada, D. E. Anderson, E. Hevia*
Helv. Chim. Acta, 2022, e202200060

Enhancing Metalating Efficiency of the Sodium Amide NaTMP in Arene Borylation Applications

L. Bole, A. Tortajada, E. Hevia*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202204262

Ligand-Controlled Regiodivergent Catalytic Amidation of Unactivated Secondary Alkyl Bromides

A. Tortajada, J. T. Menezes-Correia, E. Serrano, A. Monleón, A. Tampieri, C. S. Day, F. Juliá-Hernández, R. Martin*
ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 16, 10223–10227

Catalytic Decarboxylation/Carboxylation Platform for Accessing Isotopically Labeled Carboxylic Acids

A. Tortajada, Y. Duan, B. Sahoo, F. Cong, G. Toupalas, A. Sallustrau, O. Loreau, D. Audisio, R. Martin*
ACS Catal. 2019, 9, 7, 5897–5901

Ni-Catalyzed Site-Selective Dicarboxylation of 1,3-Dienes with CO2

A. Tortajada, R. Ninokata, R. Martin*
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 6, 2050–2053

Switchable Site-Selective Catalytic Carboxylation of Allylic Alcohols with CO2

M. v. Gemmeren, M. Börjesson,A. Tortajada, S.Z. Sun, K. Okura, R. Martin*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 6558-6562

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