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Noé Zúñiga Villarreal

Department of Inorganic Chemistry
National Autonomous University of Mexico


Dr. Noé Zúñiga Villarreal received his B.A. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from the Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Química e Industrias Extractivas (Instituto Politécnico Nacional) and his Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from CINVESTAV, Instituto Politécnico Nacional in 1991. He taught organic and inorganic chemistry courses at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Ecatepec. In December 1992 he joined the Instituto de Química of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; in the same year, Dr. Zúñiga was awarded the Academia Mexicana de Química Inorgánica Award for his Ph.D. Thesis ‘Reactivity studies of the η5pentadienyltricarbonyl- manganese. Characterization of the corresponding neutral amino-and phosphapentenyl derivatives’. He was a Visiting Professor at the Instituto de Química Organometálica ‘Enrique Moles’ in Oviedo, España (1998-99). In 2003 he participated in the Academic Exchange Program of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional.

Research Interest

Dr. Noé Zúñiga Villarreal focused on Transition metal carbonyls of group 7, specifically rhenium and manganese, have attracted our attention to study their compounds with acyclic organic and inorganic unsaturated ligands. We have developed novel synthetic strategies to prepare diverse organothiolato,-selenolato manganese carbonyls using as precursor tricarbonyl (pentadienyl)manganese. The dichalcogenoimidodiphosphinate anions have proven adequate for preparing a wide variety of complexes upon reaction with manganese and rhenium carbonyls. We have become of late interested in studying the activation of small non polar molecules with Ir(I) phosphinoyltriazolato complexes.


  • Reyes-Lezama M, Höpfl H, Zúñiga-Villarreal N. One pot synthesis of dimanganese carbonyl complexes containing sulfur and phosphorus donor ligands using tricarbonylpentadienylmanganese. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 2008 Mar 15;693(6):987-95.

  • Reyes-Lezama M, Höpfl H, Zúñiga-Villarreal N. Tricarbonyl [(1− 5-η)-pentadienyl] manganese: A Source of Benzeneselenolatomanganese Derivatives of Diverse Nuclearity. Organometallics. 2010 Mar 10;29(7):1537-40.

  • Salas-Martin KP, Reyes-Lezama M, Zúñiga-Villarreal N. Reaction chemistry of tricarbonyl-η 5-pentadienylmanganese: Straightforward synthesis of stable manganese carbonyl terminal thiolates and a dinuclear bis (ethylenediaminyl) complex. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. 2010 Nov 1;695(23):2548-56.

  • Rodríguez-Palacios R, Reyes-Lezama M, Márquez-Pallares L, Lemus-Santana AA, Sánchez-Guadarrama O, Höpfl H, Zúñiga-Villarreal N. Formation of carbonylrhenium cryptates with alkali metal cations: Coordination chemistry studies of [Ph 2 P (E) NP (E) Ph 2]−, E= O, S, Se towards ReBr (CO) 5. Polyhedron. 2010 Oct 29;29(16):3103-10.

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