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David Morales Morales

Department of Inorganic Chemistry
National Autonomous University of Mexico


David Morales-Morales obtained his BSc. and MSc. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and his PhD. from Essex University, England in 1998. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Hawaii, he joined the Institute of Chemistry, UNAM as Associate Researcher. At present, Dr. Morales-Morales is Full Researcher and has obtained the maximum level conferred by the Program of Academic Performance and the National System of Researchers. Dr. Morales-Morales has published more than 80 articles in prestigious academic journals, including three reviews and six chapters in books. He is also author of a text book on Organometallic Chemistry, published in Spanish, which has obtained more than 1200 citations. Dr. Morales-Morales is a member of the Editorial Board of Referees of Arkivoc and of the International Advisory Board of the journals ChemCatChem (Wiley-VCH Germany), the Open Inorganic Chemistry (Simplex Academic Publishers) and Global Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (Simplex Academic Publishers). He was elected in 2009 member of the International Advisory Board of Homogenous Catalysis Symposia. Nowadays he is fully researcher in Department of Inorganic Chemistry in National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.

Research Interest

David Morales-Morales focused on Design of chelating ligands with elements from groups 15 and 16 of the periodic table, Study of Coordination and Organometallic chemistry of these ligands with metals of the platinum group, Application of these species in catalytic reactions and organic synthesis (mechanistic studies), Study of Chemistry of Pincer Compounds, Catalysis in aqueous media, green chemistry and employment of alternative sources of energy in catalysis, Cytotoxic activity of group 10 metal complexes.


  • Vázquez-Vuelvas OF, Hernández-Madrigal JV, Gaviño R, Tlenkopatchev MA, Morales-Morales D, Germán-Acacio JM, Gomez-Sandoval Z, Garcias-Morales C, Ariza-Castolo A, Pineda-Contreras A. X-ray, DFT, FTIR and NMR structural study of 2, 3-dihydro-2-(R-phenylacylidene)-1, 3, 3-trimethyl-1H-indole. Journal of Molecular Structure. 2011 Feb 22;987(1):106-18.

  • Vázquez-Vuelvas OF, Morales-Morales D, Germán-Acacio JM, Tlenkopatchev M, Pineda-Contreras A. Crystal Structure of (E)-2, 3-Dihydro-2-(R-Phenylacylidene)-1, 3, 3-Trimethyl-1H-Indole (R= 4-CN, 4-Cl). Journal of Chemical Crystallography. 2011 Mar 1;41(3):419-24.

  • Vázquez-Vuelvas OF, Pineda-Contreras A, Morales-Morales D, Hernández-Ortega S, Tlenkopatchev M. (E)-1-([1, 1′-Biphenyl]-4-yl)-2-(1, 3, 3-trimethylindolin-2-ylidene) ethanone. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online. 2011 Dec 1;67(12):o3223-.

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