Carnegie Mellon University
August 27, 2021

Introducing Isaac Garcia-Bosch and Gabriel Gomes

Jocelyn Duffy

Isaac Garcia-BoschThis fall, Isaac Garcia-Bosch joined the Department of Chemistry as associate professor. Garcia-Bosch obtained a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Girona in 2006. After completing his Ph.D., also at University of Girona, with Miquel Costas and Xavi Ribas in 2011, he moved to The Johns Hopkins University as a Marie Curie IOF Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Kenneth D. Karlin.

In 2015, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University as Harold A. Jeskey Endowed Chair in Chemistry - Assistant Professor. 

Garcia-Bosch's research takes inspiration from metalloenzymes to develop 3d metal complexes that catalyze organic transformations under environmentally benign conditions using cheap reagents such as Cu, and green oxidants such as O2 or H2O2.

His lab is currently funded by the NIH (R35GM137914, 2020-2025) to study the reaction pathways by which Cu/O2intermediates perform selective C-H hydroxylation reactions. They are also funded by the NSF (CAREER N1941220, 2020-2025) to develop Cu complexes bearing redox-active ligands with tunable H-bonding donors that catalyze bioinspired dehydrogenation and C-H functionalization reactions.

Gabe GomesIn January 2022, Gabriel Gomes will join Carnegie Mellon University as assistant professor in a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering. Gomes received his B.S. in Chemistry from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil under supervision of Pierre Mothè Esteves, in 2013. His research at that university was focused on theoretical studies of electrophilic aromatic nitration via single electron transfer and a final project on the development of methane clathrates inhibitors. He also spent a year at the University of Lisbon, Portugal in an academic exchange researching reduced graphene oxides, with Maria José Lourenço.

He earned his Ph.D. in Fall 2018 from Florida State University, under the guidance of Igor V. Alabugin, where he also was awarded the LASER Fellowship in 2014 and the 2016-2017 IBM Ph.D Scholarship. At FSU, Gomes' research was centered on the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity, focusing on the development and applications of stereoelectronic effects. 

In 2019, Gomes joined the University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Matter Lab, led by Alán Aspuru-Guzik. In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship with the project “Designing Catalysts with Artificial Intelligence,” and has been featured on the “Next Great Impossible” series by Merck/Milipore-Sigma. Gabe joined the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling as an Early Career Board member in 2021.

The Gomes Group at CMU will be the interface between machine learning, organic chemistry, and robotic synthesis, with aims to develop new platforms for reaction discovery with emphasis on catalysis. Gomes' goal is to establish a program focused on the development of new chemical reactions, pioneering research and training the next generation of chemists and chemical engineers.