Pedro J. Pérez was born in Aroche (Huelva, Spain) in 1965. He received a B. Sc. (Licenciatura) in Chemistry from Universidad de Sevilla in 1987 and later a Ph. D. degree from the same University in 1991 under the direction of Prof. Ernesto Carmona. As a Fulbright Scholar, he then joined Prof. Brookhart’s group at UNC-Chapel Hill (USA). He started an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Huelva (Spain) , where he has been promoted several times until the current Professorship in Inorganic Chemistry (since 2005).
Prof. Perez’s work is devoted to the development of late transition-metal complexes as catalysts for transformations involving hydrocarbons, including among the others the selective cyclopropanation of olefins and the catalytic functionalization of unreactive alkanes by transfer of carbene.