Ruben Martin was born in Barcelona in 1976.
He received his Ph.D in 2003 at the Universitat de Barcelona with Prof. Antoni Riera, working on the total synthesis of glycosidases inhibitors.
In January 2004 he moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Alois Fürstner, where he worked on the application of novel iron catalysts for cross-coupling and Alder-ene type reactions.
In May 2005 he undertook further postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a MEC postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald where he developed new synthetic strategies for metal-catalyzed C-C and C-N bond-forming reactions.
In September 2008 he joined the ICIQ as a group leader. His current research interests concern the discovery and development of synthetically useful organometallic methodologies. Rubén Martín was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2013.In october 2013, he became ICREA (Catalan Institution of Research and Advanced Studies) Research Professor.
During his time at ICIQ, he has received the 2010 RSEQ Young InvestigatorAward, the 2011 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, the Eli Lilly Young Research Investigator Award 2011, the 2015 RSEQ Excellent Research Award, the ERC Starting Grant awarded by the European Research Council, the 2017 Marcial Moreno Lectureship Award the 2017 OMCOS Award, and the Liebig-Lectureship Award 2017. More recently, he has received the 2018 Pharmaron Lectureship, the 2018 Bristol-Myers-Squibb Lectureship, the 2018 Genentech Lectureship in Organic Chemistry, the 2018 ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship Award, the 2018 Hirata Award and the 2019 Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award.