Andrea Darù, PhD


Currently postdoc at the University of Chicago,
previously postdoc associate at Scripps Research in San Diego

Computational chemist with experimental background.

Expert in reactivity studies about homogeneous metal catalysis and organic reactions.

I obtained my PhD in Computational Chemistry at KU Leuven.
A postgraduate degree in Computational Chemistry and organic synthesis at the University of Zaragoza.
Master and Bachelor degree in Science: Chemistry at University of Ferrara.

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Yu, J.; Darù, A.; Deng, M.; Blackmond, D. G.* Prebiotic access to enantioenriched amino acids via peptide-mediated transamination reactions. PNAS, 2024, 121, e2315447121

Kurandina, D.; Huang, B.; Xu, W.; Hanikel, N.; Darù, A.; Stroscio, G. D.; Wang, K.; Gagliardi, L.; Toste, F. D.; Yaghi O. M.*
A Porous Crystalline Nitrone-Linked Covalent Organic Framework Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202307674

de Gombert, A.; Darù, A.; Ahmed, T. S.; Haibach, M. C.; Li-Matsuura, R.; Yang, D.; Henry, R. F.; Cook, S. P.*; Shekhar, S.*; Blackmond, D. G.* Mechanistic Insight into Cu-Catalyzed C–N Coupling of Hindered Aryl Iodides and Anilines Using a Pyrrol-ol Ligand Enables Development of Mild and Homogeneous Reaction Conditions
ACS Cat. 2023, 13, 2904-2915.

Darù, A.*; Martín-Fernández, C.; Harvey, J. N. Iron-catalyzed Kumada Cross-coupling Reaction Involving Fe8Me12 and Related Clusters: A Computational Study.
ACS Cat. 2022, 12, 12678-12688.

Hao, W.; Joe, C. L.; Darù, A.; Ayers, S.; Ramirez, A.; Sandhu, B.; Daley, R. A.; Chen, J.S.; Schmidt, M. A.*; Blackmond, D. G.* Kinetic and Thermodynamic Considerations in the Rh-Catalyzed Enantioselective Hydrogenation of 2-Pyridyl-Substituted Alkenes. ACS Cat. 2022, 12, 5961–5969.

Hao, W.; Joe, C. L.; Ayers, S.; Darù, A.; Daley, R. A.; Domanski, M.; Chen, J. S.; Schmidt, M. A.*; Blackmond, D. G.* Ru-Catalyzed Enantioselective Hydrogenation of 2-Pyridyl Substituted Alkenes and Substrate-Mediated H/D Exchange. ACS Cat. 2022, 12, 1150-1160.

Legnani, L.; Darù, A.; Jones, A. X.; Blackmond, D. G.* Mechanistic Insight Into the Origin of Stereoselectivity in the Ribose-Mediated Strecker Synthesis of Alanine. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 7852-7858.

Harvey, J. N.; Darù, A. Computational Chemistry and Non-noble Metal-catalyzed Crosscoupling Reaction Mechanisms. Chimia 2020, 74, 467-469.

Pérez–García, P. M.; Darù, A.; Scheerder, A. R.; Lutz, M.; Harvey, J. N.*; Moret, M-E.* Oxidative Addition of Aryl Halides to a Triphosphine Ni(0) Center to Form Pentacoordinate Ni(II) Aryl Species. Organometallics 2020, 39, 1139-1144.

Ploeger, M. L.; Darù, A.; Harvey, J. N.*; Hu, X.* Reductive Cleavage of Azoarene as a Key Step in Nickel-Catalyzed Amidation of Esters with Nitroarenes. ACS Cat. 2020, 10, 2845-2854.

Darù, A.; Hu, X.*; Harvey, J. N.* Iron-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkyl Iodides with Alkynes to Yield Cis-Olefins: Mechanistics Insights from Computation. ACS Omega 2019, 5, 1586-1594.

Ríos-Gutiérrez, M.; Darù, A.; Tejero, T.; Domingo, L. R.*; Merino, P.* A Molecular Electron Density Theory Study of the [3 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction of Nitrones With Ketenes. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2017, 15, 1618-1627.

Roca-López, D.; Darù, A.; Tejero, T.; Merino, P.* Revisiting Oxime-Nitrone Tautomerism. Evidences of Nitrone Tautomer Participation in Oxime Nucleophilic Addition Reactions. RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 22161-22173.

Darù, A.; Roca-López, D.; Tejero, T.; Merino, P.* Revealing Stepwise Mechanisms in Dipolar Cycloaddition Reactions: Computational and Topological Study of the Reaction between Nitrones and Isocyanates J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 673-680.

Matute, R.; García-Viñuales, S.; Hayes, H.; Ghirardello, M.; Darù, A.; Tejero, T.; Delso, I.; Merino, P.* Recent Advances in the Preparation of Enantiomerically Pure Hydroxylamines from Nitrones. Curr. Org. Synth. 2016, 13, 669-686.