GREEN Welcomes Arturo Obregón-Zúñiga and Eusebio Juaristi!!

In an attempt to bring in guest writers from the world of green research, we are very pleased and honored to have Dr. Juaristi and his student Arturo write a wonderful article for us on ionic liquids. Below are the bios of our two guests and some of the amazing research they have achieved in an effort to make research and our environment greener and more sustainable. GREEN thanks them both. This truly an honor. Check out the article here!!

Juaristi PicEusebio Juaristi

Eusebio Juaristi was born in Queretaro, Mexico, on December 21, 1950 and studied chemistry at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey obtaining the B. Sc. degree (Licenciado en Ciencias Químicas, 1974), obtaining subsequently a Doctorate in Chemistry (Ph.D., 1977) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, USA, under the supervision of Ernest L. Eliel. Juaristi became a postdoctoral associate at the University of California in Berkeley (1977-1978, in the group of Prof. Andrew Streitwieser) as well as in the Diagnostics Division of Syntex, Palo Alto, California (1978-1979), before returning in 1979 to Mexico, where he is now Full Professor of Chemistry in the Chemistry Department of Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Juaristi was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute in Zurich (E.T.H.-Zurich), Switzerland, during 1985-1986 and during 1992-1993, at the University of California in Berkeley, where he taught a course in physical organic chemistry for advanced (honor) undergraduate students (1999-2000), and at the Technical University (RWTH) Aachen, Germany (May-July 2013).

Scientific Contributions

As initiator in Mexico of the research area of physical organic chemistry with emphasis on conformational analysis and stereochemistry, Juaristi helped develop a research topic previously absent in Mexico. For example, he became a world leader in the study of the anomeric effect, and has written four influential reviews in the field.

Juaristi has also excelled in the area of asymmetric synthesis, which is of central importance for the chemical industry, in particular pharmaceutical, agrochemical and food industries. Indeed, the development of new methods for the enantioselective synthesis of β-amino acids by the research group led by Juaristi has led in several invitations to write reviews in the field.

Other chemistry areas where Juaristi has had notable influence include (1) Structure and reactivity of carbanions. (2) Conformational analysis. (3) Applications of computational chemistry, (4) Asymmetric organocatalysis and (5) Sustainable (“green”) chemistry.

At this date, Juaristi is author or coauthor of 357 publications in the area of chemistry, including 200 reports of original research, 34 chapters in books, 20 books, 21 review articles, and dozens of educational articles. The impact that these publications have had is reflected in the number of citations by other authors, which exceeds 7,600 –approximately 800 of them in books.


Received the Award of Academia de la Investigación Científica (Mexican Academy of Sciences) for Young Scientists in 1988; the Premio Manuel Noriega, granted by the Organization of American States (OAS, 1990); the Premio Nacional de Química (National Chemistry Award) “Andrés Manuel del Río” granted by the Mexican Chemical Society, in 1994; the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes (Presidential Medal in Sciences and Arts, in 1998). In February of 2006 he became a Member of “El Colegio Nacional”, highest academic distinction in Mexico. On the other hand, in august 17th 2009 Juaristi became a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (the only Mexican chemist to receive this honor). On December 4, 2009 Juaristi was named Professor Emeritus at Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and in the same year became Titular Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Finally, in 2012 was awarded the Georg Forster Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Arturo PicArturo Obregón Zúñiga

Arturo Obregón Zúñiga studied Industrial Chemistry at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey, México. In 2012, he joined Professor Juaristi’s group pursuing his Ph.D. studies in Chemistry at CINVESTAV. His research interests are asymmetric organocatalysis, green chemistry and chiral ionic liquids. Up to date he is co-author of two publications in peer-reviewed journals.