Caio Oliveira


Pharmacist Caio Oliveira began his academic careerIt at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He lived in the capital of Bahia from the age of 11 to 24. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from UFBA and, soon after, a doctorate in the same field from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). His post-doc research was also at UNICAMP, but Caio also spent time in Switzerland, at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne. Now a professor at the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas, Caio was the first in his family to earn a university degree. But fortunately, the situation is different now, as other cousins have also completed higher education. Outside the classroom and laboratory, Caio rides his bike and swims. His favorite books are “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “The Unsustainable Lightness of Being.”


New Chiral Metal Complexes: Unlocking the frontiers of asymmetric catalysis
Science / Chemistry

Catalytic methods for synthesizing enantiomerically pure compounds play a crucial role in preparing molecules of pharmacological and fine chemical significance. The systematic development of enantioenriched ligands facilitates the preferential formation of one of the enantiomers in reactions catalyzed by transition metals. The primary goal of this research project is to develop new classes of enantioenriched ligands and apply them in synthesizing novel chiral metal complexes. The research follows two paths: (i) the design of half-sandwich chiral complexes and their applications in metal-catalyzed asymmetric transformations; (ii) the synthesis of new heterobimetallic complexes and their utilization in processes involving at least two sequential reactions. The successful completion of this project will pave the way for establishing a new research area in asymmetric catalysis.

Amount invested

R$ 100,000,00

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • Catalysis
  • Chiral metal complexes
  • Synthesis