Santos Fustero was born in Aínsa, Spain, in 1949. He studied Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza, where he obtained his Licenciatura (equivalent to a B.Sc. degree) in Chemistry in 1972. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1975 from the same University, working in the field of heterocyclic chemistry under the supervision of Prof J. Barluenga and Prof V. Gotor.

He spent two years as a post-doctoral research associate at Prof H. Lehmkuhl’s laboratory at Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, researching organometallic chemistry.

In 1983, he became Associate Professor at University of Oviedo, Spain, and in 1990, he was promoted to Full Professor in Organic Chemistry at University of Valencia.

In 2005, he also became research group leader at Centro de Investigación “Príncipe Felipe” (CIPF) in Valencia. His research interests include organofluorine and medicinal chemistry, fluorous synthesis, organocatalysis and new reaction methodologies.

Latest Publications

255. "Diastereoselective Synthesis of Enantioenriched Trifluoromethylated Ethylenediamines and Isoindolines Containing Two  Stereogenic Carbon Centers by Nucleophilic Trifluromethylation Using HFC-23"

Hirano, Kazuki; Saito Takuya; Fujihira, Yamato;  Sedgwick, Daniel M.; Fustero, Santos; Shibata, Norio

J. Org. Chem. 2020, accepted for publication.

254. "The Ruthenium-Catalyzed Domino Cross Enyne Metathesis/Ring-Closing Metathesis in the Synthesis of Enantioenriched Nitrogen-Containing Heterocycles"

Alberto Llobat, Jorge Escorihuela, Daniel M. Sedgwick, Miriam Rodenes, Raquel Román, Vadim A. Soloshonok, Jianlin Han, Mercedes Medio-Simón,  Santos Fustero.

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2020, accepted for publication.

253. "Tailor-Made Amino Acids and Fluorinated Motifs as Prominent Traits in the Modern Pharmaceuticals"

Haibo Mei, Jianlin Han, Sarah White, Daniel J. Graham, Kunisuke Izawa, Tatsunori Sato, Santos Fustero, Nicholas A. Meanwell, Vadim A. Soloshonok

Chem. Eur. J. 2020, accepted for publication.

252. "Nucleic acid recognition and antiviral activity of 1,4-substituted terphenyl compounds mimicking all faces of the HIV1 Rev protein positively-charged α-helix"

Cristina Medina-Trillo, Daniel M. Sedgwick, Lidia Herrera, Manuela Beltrán, Ángela Moreno, Pablo Barrio, Luis M. Bedoya, José Alcamí, Santos Fustero, José Gallego

Scientific Reports (nature research) 2020, 10(1), 7190 (

251. "Fluorine-containing drugs approved by the FDA in 2019"

Haibo Mei, Attila Márió Remete, Yupiao You, Hiroki Moriwaki, Santos Fustero, Lorand Kiss, Vadim Soloshonok, Jianlin Han

Chinese Chemistry Letters  202031, early view.

250. "Asymmetric Synthesis of Fluorinated Monoterpenic Alkaloid Derivatives from Chiral Fluoroalkyl Aldimines via the Pauson-Khand Reaction"

Alberto Llobat, Daniel M. Sedgwick, Albert Cabré, Raquel Román, Natalia Mateu, Jorge Escorihuela, Mercedes Medio Simón, Vadim Soloshonok, Jianlin Han, Antoni Riera, Santos Fustero 

Adv.  Synth. Catal. 2020362, 1378-1384.

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