Cuenca laboratory


Ana B. Cuenca

professor of chemistry

IQS School of Engineering
University Ramon Lull
Office: 0000
Vía Augusta 390
08017, Barcelona

tel. (+34) 932 672 413
anabelen.cuenca (at)







About Ana

​Ana B. Cuenca was born and raised in Villamalea (Albacete) in the region of Castilla-La-Mancha in Spain. She holds a Bachelor degree (Licenciatura) in Pharmacy from the University of Valencia. She carried out her doctoral research in Chemistry on Enantioselective Protonation in the laboratories of  Gregorio Asensio and Mercedes Medio. As a PhD student, she also completed stays at Firmenich SA (Geneva, supervisor C. Fehr) and  ETH Zurich (supervisor D. Seebach).

2021: tenure as associate professor, IQS-URL

2021: appointment as head of the Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at IQS School of Engineering

2016: starts as assistant professor of chemistry at IQS-URL


Previous position (2013-2016): Research fellow, University of Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) in E. Fernández group

2015: visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo in the group of Makoto Fujita: crystalline sponge structure determination of liquid organoboranes (see here)

2006-2013: Research fellow and Lecturer, University of Valencia

2004-2005: Postdoctoral stay at MIT (USA) in the Stephen L. Buchwald laboratory

2002-2003: Postdoctoral stay at the Université de Rouen (France) in the J.-C. Quirion laboratory

Recent publications

The Versatile Reaction Chemistry of an Alpha-Boryl Diazo Compound

Yao Liu, Raimon Puig de la Bellacasa, Bo Li, Ana B. Cuenca, Shih-Yuan Liu

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 14059–14064 (link)

Exploring the benzylic gem-C(sp3)-Boron-Silicon and Boron-Tin Centersas a Synthetic Platform

Wei W. Chen, Nahiane Pipaon Fernández, Marta Díaz Baranda, Anton Cunillera, Laura G. Rodríguez, Alexandr Shafir,* Ana B. Cuenca*

Chem. Sci. 2021, 12, 10514-10521 (link)

Boron-Wittig olefination with gem-bis (boryl) alkanes (Tutorial Review)

Ana B. Cuenca, Elena Fernández

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2021, 50, 72-86 (link)

Iodane‐Guided ortho C−H Allylation

Wei W. Chen, Anton Cunillera, Dandan Chen, Sébastien Lethu,

Albert López de Moragas, Jun Zhu, Miquel Solà,* Ana B. Cuenca,* Alexandr Shafir*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 20201–20207 (link)

The Power of Iodane‐Guided C−H Coupling:

A Group‐Transfer Strategy in Which a Halogen Works for Its Money

Wei W. Chen, Ana B. Cuenca,* Alexandr Shafir*

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 16294–16309 (link)

Access to 1, 1‐Diborylalkenes and Concomitant Stereoselective Reactivity (Microreview)

Jordi Royes, Ana B. Cuenca,* Elena Fernández*

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 2728–2739 (link)

Copper-catalyzed borylative ring closing C–C coupling toward spiro-and dispiroheterocycles

Jordi Royes, Shaofei Ni, Albert Farré, Enrico La Cascia, Jorge J. Carbó, Ana B. Cuenca,* Feliu Maseras,* Elena Fernández*

ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 2833–2838 (link)

Transition-metal-free B–B and B–interelement reactions with organic molecules

Ana B. Cuenca, Ryosuke Shishido, Hajime Ito and Elena Fernández

Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 415-430 (link)

Opportune gem‐Silylborylation of Carbonyl Compounds: A Modular and Stereocontrolled Entry to Tetrasubstituted Olefins

Enrico La Cascia, Ana B. Cuenca,* Elena Fernández*

Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 18737 –18741 (link)

Strategic Trimethylsilyldiazomethane Insertion into pinB–SR Followed by Selective Alkylations

Marc G. Civit, Jordi Royes, Christopher M. Vogels, Stephen A Westcott,* Ana B. Cuenca* and Elena Fernández*

Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 3830–3833 (link)

Synthesis of a naphthodiazaborinine and its verification by planarization with atomic force microscopy

Zsolt Majzik, Ana B. Cuenca, Niko Pavlicek, Nuria Miralles, Gerhard Meyer, Leo Gross and Elena Fernandez

ACS Nano 2016, 10, 5340–5345 (link)

Undeniable Confirmation of the syn‐Addition Mechanism for Metal‐Free Diboration by Using the Crystalline Sponge Method

Ana B. Cuenca, Nicolas Zigon, Vincent Duplan, Manabu Hoshino, Makoto Fujita and Elena Fernández

Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 4723 –4726 (link)

Unsymmetrical 1, 1-diborated multisubstituted sp3-carbons formed via a metal-free concerted-asynchronous mechanism

Ana B. Cuenca, Jessica Cid, Diego García-López, Jorge J. Carbó and Elena Fernández

Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13, 9659–9664 (link)

Mixed diboration of alkenes in a metal-free context

Nuria Miralles, Jessica Cid, Ana B. Cuenca, Jorge J Carbó and Elena Fernández

Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 1693–1696 (link)