Dr. Cesar Morales Verdejo
Químico de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Doctor en Química en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y Post-Doctoral Researcher, Catalysis & Energy Conversion Department, Argonne National Laboratory, USA. Investigador Responsable del Proyecto Fondecyt de Inicio N° 11110273 (finalizado), Fondecyt Regular N° 1161297.  Ha participado en  congresos nacionales e internacionales con publicaciones ISI de corriente principal en el área de la química organometálica y catálisis homogénea, las cuales acumulan más de una cincuentena de citas.


[1]          Juan Felipe Araneda, Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Christopher Adams, Iván Martínez-Díaz, Ivonne Chávez, María Teresa Garland, Rene S. Rojas, Elies Molins, and Juan Manuel Manríquez, “A new series of zirconium metallocenes derived from partially alkylated s-indacene with potential applications in the polymerization of ethylene.” Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2015, 434, 121-126.

[2]          Ivan Martinez, Ximena Zarate, Eduardo Schott, Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Francisco Castillo, Juan Manuel Manríquez, Ivonne Chávez. “A theoretical study of substituted indeno [1, 2-b] fluorene compounds and their possible applications in solar cells”. Chemical Physics Letters, 2015, 636, 31-34

[3]          Desmond MacLeod Carey, Tatiana Gomez, Cesar Morales‐Verdejo, Alvaro Muñoz‐Castro. “Influence of Ag+ on the Magnetic Response of [2.2. 2] Paracyclophane: NMR Properties of a Prototypical Organic Host for Cation Binding Based on DFT Calculations”. ChemistryOpen, 2015,  4 (5), 651-655.

[4]          Desmond MacLeod Carey, Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro.” [As@ Ni 12@ As 20] 3− and [Sn@ Cu 12@ Sn 20] 12− clusters. Related structures with different construction philosophy “. Chemical Physics Letters, 2015, 638, 99-102.

[5]          J Andrades, J Campanini, D Vásquez, C Silvestri, C Morales, J Romero, J Mella. “A combined CoMFA and CoMSIA 3D-QSAR study of benzamide type antibacterial inhibitors of the FtsZ protein in drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus”. SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, 2015, 26 (11), 925-942

 [6]         J. Camacho Gonzalez, C. Morales-Verdejo and A. Muñoz-Castro, “Variation of through-space magnetic response properties upon the formation of cation–π interactions: a survey of [Ag(η-CH2CH2)3]+ via DFT calculations.” New J. Chem., 2015, 39 (6), 4244-4248.

[7]          Cesar A. Morales-Verdejo, Ximena Zarate, Eduardo Schott, Sebastián Correa and Iván Martinez-Diaz, “Photopysics of tungsten-benzylidyne complexes derived from s-indacene: synthesis, characterizaction and DFT studies.” RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 25594-25602.

[8]          César Morales-Verdejo, Iván Martínez-Díaz, Christopher Adams, Juan Felipe Araneda, Luciano Oehninger, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Ramiro Arratia-Pérez, Ivonne Chávez, Juan Manuel Manríquez. “New mono and bimetallic iron complexes derived from partially methylateds-indacene. Evidence of a trinuclear irons-indacene complex.” Polyhedron 69 (2014) 15–24

[9]          Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Eduardo Schott, Ximena Zarate, and Juan Manuel Manriquez. “Novel mono- and heterobimetallic chromium−nickel s-indacene complexes: synthesis, characterization, and DFT studies.” Can. J. Chem.92: 677–683 (2014).

[10]        C. Adams, P. Riviere, M. Riviere-Baudet, C. Morales-Verdejo, M. Dahrouch,V. Morales, A. Castel, F. Delpech, J.M. Manríquez, I. Chávez. “Catalytic study of heterobimetallic rhodium complexes derived from partially alkylateds-indacene in dehydrogenative silylation of olefins.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 749 (2014) 266-274.

[11]        Jaime Mella-Raipán, Santiago Hernández-Pino, César Morales-Verdejo and David Pessoa-Mahana, “3D-QSAR/CoMFA-Based Structure-Affinity/Selectivity Relationships of Aminoalkylindoles in the Cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 Receptors.” Molecules, 19, 2842, 2014.

[12]        Cesar A. Morales-Verdejo, Michael I. Newsom, Brian W. Cohen, Hunter B. Vibbert and Michael D. Hopkins. “Dihydrogen activation by a tungsten–alkylidyne complex: toward photoredox chromophores that deliver renewable reducing equivalents.” Chem. Commun.,2013,49, 10566.

[13]        César Morales-Verdejo, Ivan Martinez, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Ivonne Chavez,Juan Manuel Manríquez, Dimitri Matioszek, Nathalie Saffon, Annie Castel, Pierre Rivière, Elies Molins, “Synthesis and Structure of Some Heterobimetallic Complexes having a Polyalkyl-s-indacenyl Spacer.” Inorganica Chimica Acta 394 (2013) 752-756.

[14]        César Morales-Verdejo, Luciano Oehninger, Iván Martínez-Díaz, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Ramiro Arratia-Pérez, Ivonne Chávez, Juan Manuel Manríquez. “A new Heterobimetallic Manganese-Rhodium Carbonyl Complex derived from Partially Alkylated s-Indacene.” Inorganica Chimica Acta 394 (2013) 132-139.

[15]        Luciano Oehninger, Juan Felipe Araneda, César Morales-Verdejo, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Christopher Adams, Ramiro Arratia-Pérez, Rene Rojas, Juan Manuel Manríquez, Ivonne Chávez. “Novel Titanocene derived from partially alkylated s-indacene: Synthesis, characterization and comparative study with its zirconium analog”. Inorganica. Chimica Acta. 396 (2013) 35–39.

[16]        Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Christopher Adams, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, César Morales-Verdejo, Juan Felipe Araneda, Ivonne Chavez, Juan Manuel Manríquez, Annie Castel, Pierre Rivière, Monique Rivière-Baudet, Dimitri Matioszek, Nathalie Saffon, Raluca Septelean and Ramiro Arratia-Pérez. “A new method to radical anions derived from s-Indacene organobimetallic complexes, their ESR characterization.” Inorganica Chimica Acta, 392 (2012) 154-159.

[17]        C. Adams, J. Araneda, C.Morales, I. Chavez, J.M. Manriquez, D. Mac-Leod Carey, N. Katir, A. Castel, P. Rivière, M. Rivière-Baudet, M. Dahrouch, N.Gatica. “Preparation and ESR Characterizationof Polyalkyl-s-Indacenyl Anion-radicals from Polyalkyl -1,5- Dilithio -s-Indacenes.” Inorganica Chimica Acta 366 (2011) 44–52.

[18]        Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Cesar Morales-Verdejo, Ivonne Chávez, Juan Manuel Manríquez and Ramiro Arratia-Pérez. “Toward the Synthetic Control of the HOMO−LUMO Gap in Binuclear Systems: Insights from Density Functional Calculations.” Inorg. Chem.  2010, 49, 4175–4178.

[19]        D. Mac-Leod Carey, C. Morales-Verdejo, A. Muñoz-Castro, F. Burgos, D. Abril, C. Adams, E. Molins, O. Cador, I. Chávez, J.M. Manríquez, R. Arratia-Pérez, J.Y. Saillard. “[Cp*Ru(s-indacene)RuCp*] and [Cp*Ru(s-indacene)RuCp*]+: Experimental and theoretical findings concerning the electronic structure of neutral and mixed valence organometallic systems.” Polyhedron 29 (2010)1137-1143.

[20]        Christopher Adams, César Morales-Verdejo, Verónica Morales, Desmond Mac-Leod Carey, Juan Manuel Manríquez, Ivonne Chávez, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Fabien Delpech, Annie Castel, Heinz Gornitzka, Monique Rivière-Baudet, Pierre Rivière, Elies Molins. “Heterobinuclear s-Indacene Rhodium Complexes, Synthesis and Characterization.” Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 784–791.


FONDECYT regular  1161297

Synthesis and Characterization of homo- and heterobimetallic complexes ferrocene-type with potential applications as burning rate catalysts in solid propellants. Fondecyt Regular 1161297 (2016-2019).

Investigador principal: Dr. César Morales Verdejo.

Co-Investigador: Dr. Juan Manuel Manriquez (UBO)

Co-Investigador: Juan Luis Arroyo (IDIC)


In this Project we propose the synthesis as well as a full characterization of the homo- and heterobimetallic complexes ferrocene-type with potential applications as burning rate catalysts in solid propellants.

A large number of ferrocene derivatives have been reported as burning rate catalysts on the thermal decomposition of AP, which has a close relationship with the combustion process of the propellants. These data show that the ferrocene derivatives have superior burning rates, compared with others BR catalysts such as Fe2O3, and within these series the binuclear complexes have better performances than the mononuclear derivatives, thereby improving the performance of the composite solid propellants.

Although ferrocene derivatives BR catalysts have extraordinary effects in the enhancement of the burning rates of composite solid propellant, they have some disadvantages such as sublime during curing and processing, and migrate to the surface on the propellants after prolong storage times. These shortcomings can destruct the steady combustion of the propellants and in some cases result in danger when mixing with ultrafine AP, because are sensitive to electrostatic discharge, which is very dangerous and even leads to an explosion in the fabrication of propellants.

In this context, novel homo- and heterobimetallic complexes ferrocene-type compounds offer a unique opportunity to study their catalytic properties on the thermal decomposition of AP , due to use of semi-rigid bridged ligands and rigid ligand proposed in this project as well as the high molecular weight of these derivatives it is expected that they will have low migration and sublimation loss upon curing and under storage. Therefore, this project aims on the one hand to obtain new catalysts highly efficient combustion and on the other overcome the disadvantages generated by the migration of those to date reported.



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