Dr. Jesús Valdés Martínez


Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. District Coyoacán. ZIP Code 04510. Mexico City. Mexico

Telephone: +52 (55) 56-22-44-71 / +52 (55) 56-22-45-14
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17



Dr. Valdés joined the Institute of Chemistry in 1986, and at present he is Full Researcher. He is also Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, UNAM. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD in Chemistry by the School of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has made several academic stays at the University of Texas and Kansas State University. He was Head of the Science Liaison Office of the National University of Mexico and has taken part in several commissions and academic boards.



 Dr. Valdés research has focused on Coordination and Supramolecular Chemistry, particularly on Crystal Engineering. He is interested in the construction of extended networks of copper complexes and coordination and supramolecular chemistry of thiosemicarbazones, which are interesting ligands with a wide variety of biological activity.

Concerning Crystal Engineering, he works on the design and construction of coordination compounds through hydrogen bonds, as well as obtaining co-crystals of compounds with pharmacological interest and the fundamental study of networks of water molecules, pi interactions and halogen bonds.



Under his supervision 18 students have obtained their BSc, 7 their MSc and 2 their PhD degrees.

Students wishing to join his group to work for undergraduate or graduate theses are welcome. Some grants are available.

Dr. Valdés is Lecturer at the School of Chemistry and at the Graduate Program in Chemistry, UNAM. He teaches General Chemistry I and II, Supramolecular Chemistry and Fundaments of the Structure of Matter.



Dr. Valdés is member of the National Research System, at the maximum level (III). He is also accredited supervisor of the Graduate Program in Chemistry.


  • Pd-N-H ...·Cl-Pd Hydrogen Bonds and pi - pi Interactions between Fluorinated Aromatic Rings in trans-[PdCl2(NH2ArF)2]. Oscar Baldovino-Pantaleón, David Morales-Morales, Simón Hernández-Ortega, Rubén A. Toscano, Jesús Valdés-Martínez. Crystal Growth & Design, 7, 117 -123 (2007).
  • Chloride complexation with thiosemicarbazone metal complexes. A solid state study. Paula X. García-Reynaldos, Simón Hernández-Ortega, Rubén A. Toscano, Jesús Valdés-Martínez. Supramolecular Chemistry, 19, 613-619 (2007).
  • Controlling the geometry of Cu(II) Tectons to build 1-dimensional Hydrogen Bonded Chains. Sergio Martínez-Vargas, Simón Hernández-Ortega, Rubén A. Toscano, Domingo Salazar-Mendoza, Jesús Valdés-Martínez. CrystEngComm, 10, 86-94 (2008).
  • Bottom-up design and construction of a non-centrosymmetric network through pi - pi stacking interactions. J. M. Serrano-Becerra , S. Hernández-Ortega, D. Morales-Morales, J. Valdés-Martínez, CrystEngComm, 11, 226-228 (2009).
  • Using Lewis acidity differences in chelating ligands to control the molecular structure and supramolecular assembly of Cu (II) complexes. Juan Manuel Germán-Acacio, Simón Hernández-Ortega, Christer B. Aakeröy, Jesús Valdés-Martínez. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 362, 4087-4090 (2009).
  • Basauri-Molina, M.; Hernández-Ortega, S.; Toscano, R. A.; Valdés-Martínez, J.; Morales-Morales, D. Synthesis and characterization of sterically hindered thiolate Pd(II) complexes of the type [Pd(SR)2(TMEDA)]: Examination of their catalytic properties in phosphane-free Suzuki-Miyaura cross couplings. Inorg. Chim. Acta 2010, 363, 1222-1229.
  • Ballesteros-Rivas, M.; ota, A.; Reinheimer, E.; Prosvirin, A.; Valdés-Martínez, J.; Dunbar, K. R. Highly conducting coordination polymers based on infinite M(4,4'-bpy) chains flanked by regular stacks of non-integer TCNQ radicals. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 9703-9707.
  • Martínez-Vargas, S.; Valdés Martínez, J.; Martínez, A. I. Supramolecular architectures of Cu(II) with terpyridine and pyridyl-carboxylates. J. Mol. Struct. 2011, 1006, 425-433.


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