Dr. Ricardo Jorge Cárdenas Pérez



Department of Natural Products

Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. Delegación Coyoacán,  C.P. 04510
México, D.F.

Phone: +52 (55) 56-22-44-13
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17





B.Sc. Chemistry, School of Chemistry, UNAM. 

Master in Science, Faculty of Chemical and Industrial Sciences, University of Morelos.

Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry)


  • Chemical study of Mexican flora, isolation and structural determination of secondary metabolites and analysis of its biogenetic and chemotaxonomic implications. Synthesis of Natural Products.

  • Determination of reaction intermediaries using 1H, 13C and multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance, to propose reaction mechanisms.

  • Development and application of new synthetic methodologies, in particular on natural and non-natural cyclopeptides and cyclodesipeptides.



Students who wish to work under my supervision for their degree or social service are welcome.

Undergraduate course: Organic Chemistry III, practical teaching.

Lecturer at the Graduate Program in Chemistry, in the following courses:

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

Selected topics in Chemistry.



  • Scholar Grant, National University of Mexico: 1997-2002.

  • Member of the National Research System.


Synthesis, characterization and in vitro application of pH/temperature sensitive superabsorbent hydrogel of phosphated co-polymer of methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate ester. Irma Rojas-Oviedo, Sandra Rodríguez-Hernández, Jorge Cárdenas, Juan Carlos Rivas-Ojeda, Rubén Gaviño. Journal of Porous Materials, 23, (2016). DOI 10.1007/s10934-016-0210-3

Reaction control in heterogeneous catalysis using montmorillonite: Switching between acid-catalysed and red-ox processes. José Antonio Morales-Serna, Bernardo A. Frontana-Uribe, Rosario Olguín, Virginia Gómez-Vidales, Leticia Lomas-Romero, Erendira García-Ríos, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas. RSC Advances, 6, 42613–42617, (2016).

Tributyltin(IV) Schiff base complexes with amino acid derivatives: synthesis, characterization and biological activity. Carlos Camacho-Camacho, Irma Rojas-Oviedo, Ariadna Garza-Ortiz, Rubén Alfredo Toscano, Luis Sánchez-Sánchez, Jorge Cárdenas and Hugo López-Muñoz. Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 30, 199-207, (2016).

Linear, Single-Strand Heteroaromatic Polymers from Superacid-Catalyzed Step-Growth Polymerization of Ketones with Bisphenols. Lilian I. Olvera, Mikhail G. Zolotukhin, Olivia Hernández-Cruz, Sergei Fomine, Jorge Cárdenas, Rubén L. Gaviño-Ramírez, and Fransico A. Ruiz-Trevino. ACS Macro Lett., 4, 492−494, (2015).

Synthesis and characterization of tributyltin derivatives from 4-oxo-4-(arylamino)butanoic acids and their in vitro biological activity against cervical cancer cell lines. Irma Rojas-Oviedo, Carlos Camacho-Camacho, Luis Sánchez-Sánchez, Jorge Cárdenas, Hugo López-Muñoz, Hugo Eugenio-Robledo, Israel Velázquez and Rubén Alfredo Toscano. Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 28, 884-891, (2014).

Novel Tuning Gas Permeability and Selectivity Properties by Thermal Modification of the Side Groups of Poly(oxindolebiphenylylene)s Membranes. Eduardo Martínez-Mercado, F. Alberto Ruiz-Treviño, Alfredo Cruz-Rosado, Mikhail G. Zolotukhin, Alfonso González-Montiel, Jorge Cárdenas and Rubén L. Gaviño-Ramírez. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 53, 15755−15762, (2014).

Facile and Efficient Addition of Terminal Alkynes to Benzotriazole Esters: Synthesis of D-erythro-Sphingosine Using Ynones as the Key Intermediate. José Antonio Morales-Serna, Alejandro Sauza, Gabriela Padrón de Jesús, Rubén Gaviño, Gustavo García de la Mora, Jorge Cárdenas. Tetrahedron Letters, 54, 7111-7114, (2013).

Efficient activity of magnesium–aluminium hydrotalcite in the synthesis of amides, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Miguel Ángel Jaime-Vasconcelos, Eréndira García-Ríos, Alejandro Cruz, Deyanira Angeles-Beltrán, Leticia Lomas-Romero, Guillermo Enrique Negrón-Silva and Jorge Cárdenas RSC Advances, 3, 23046-23050, (2013).

Novel High Molecular Weight Aromatic Fluorinated Polymers from One-Pot, Metal-Free Step Polymerizations Lilian I. Olvera, Maria T. Guzmán-Gutiérrez, Mikhail G. Zolotukhin, Sergei Fomine, Jorge Cárdenas, Francisco A. Ruiz-Trevino, Didier Villers, Tiberio A. Ezquerra, and Evgen Prokhorov Macromolecules, 46, 7245−7256, (2013). 

Synthesis, structural characterization and in vitro cytotoxic activity of novel polymeric triorganotin(IV) complexes of urocanic acid, Carlos Camacho-Camacho, Irma Rojas-Oviedo, Ariadna Garza-Ortiz, Jorge Cárdenas, Rubén Alfredo Toscano and Rubén Gaviño Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 27, 45-51 (2013).

Photoproduction of H2O2 and hydroxyl radicals catalysed by natural and super acid-modified montmorillonite and its oxidative role in the peroxidation of lipids, Gilma Granados-Oliveros, Virginia Gómez-Vidales, Antonio Nieto-Camacho, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Jorge Cárdenas and Manuel Salmón RSC Advances, 3, 937-944, (2013).

Three New Diarylbutane Lignans from the Resin of Bursera fagaroides, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Elizabeth Cruz-Galicia, Eréndira García-Rios, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas, Manuel Salmón Nat. Prod. Res. 27, 824-829 (2013).

Synthesis, Solubility Enhancement of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug by Forming Solid Dispersions using Mechanochemical Activation Irma Rojas-Oviedo, B. Retchkiman-Corona, C. T. Quirino-Barreda, Jorge Cárdenas and P. S. Schabes-Retchkiman Indian J. Pharm. Sci., 74, 505-511 (2012).

Non-Stoichiometric Polycondensations and the Synthesis of High Molar Mass Polycondensates. Hans R. Kricheldorf , Mikhail G. Zolotukhin, Jorge Cárdenas.Macromol. Rapid Commun. 33, 1814-1832 (2012).

Precision Synthesis of Narrow Polydispersity, Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Linear Aromatic Polymers by A2 + B2 Nonstoichiometric Step-Selective Polymerization. Alfredo R. Cruz, M. Carmen G. Hernandez, Maria T. Guzmán-Gutierrez, Mikhail G. Zolotukhin, Sergei Fomine, Salvador L. Morales, Hans Kricheldorf, Edward S. Wilks, Jorge Cárdenas, and Manuel Salmón. Macromolecules, 45, 6774−6780 (2012).

Synthesis of Azanucleosides through Regioselective Ring-Opening of Epoxides Catalyzed by Sulphated Zirconia under Microwave and Solvent-Free Conditions. Celia Xochitl Hernández-Reyes, Deyanira Angeles-Beltrán, Leticia Lomas-Romero, Eduardo González-Zamora, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Guillermo E. Negrón-Silva. Molecules, 16, 3359-3369 (2012).

Heck Arylation of Styrenes Promoted by an Air-Stable Phosphinito Complex of Palladium (II). Synthesis of Resveratrol. José Antonio Morales-Serna, Armando Zúñiga-Martínez, Manuel Salmón, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas. Synthesis, 44, 446-452 (2012).

The Heck Reaction of Allylic Alcohols Catalysed by an Air-Stable Phosphinito Complex of Palladium (II). Alejandro Sauza, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Mónica García-Molina, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas. Synthesis, 44, 272-282 (2012).

Structure of Salvioccidentalin, a Diterpenoid with a Rearranged neo-Clerodane Skeleton from Salvia occidentalis. Miguel Ángel Jaime-Vasconcelos, Bernardo Antonio Frontana-Uribe, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Manuel Salmón, Jorge Cárdenas Molecules, 16, 9109-9115 (2011).

A New Languidulane Diterpenoid from Salvia mexicana var. mexicana. Bernardo Antonio Frontana-Uribe, Martha Verónica Escárcega-Bobadilla, Rosa Estrada-Reyes, José Antonio Morales-Serna, Manuel Salmón, Jorge Cárdenas Molecules, 16, 8866-8873 (2011).

Constituents of organic extracts of Cuphea hyssopifolia. José Antonio Morales-Serna, Eréndira García-Ríos, Domingo Madrigal, Jorge Cárdenas, Manuel Salmón. J. Mex. Chem. Soc. 55, 54-56 (2011).

Reduction of Carboxylic Acids Using Esters of Benzotriazole as High-Reactivity Intermediates. José Antonio Morales-Serna, Eréndira García-Ríos, Jorge Bernal, Ehecatl Paleo, Rubén Gaviño, Jorge Cárdenas. Synthesis, 25,1375-1382 (2011).

Enfermedad humana por modelantes. Análisis de sustancias con espectrometría de resonancia magnética. Raymundo Benjamín Priego Blancas, Ricardo Jorge Cárdenas, Raúl Pérez Cerezo, Rogelio Rincón Lozano, Bertha Torres Gómez, José Luis Haddad, Cirugía Plástica, 20, 120−123, (2010).

Using benzotriazole esters as a strategy in the esterification of tertiary alcohols.José Antonio Morales-Serna, Aline Vera, Ehecatl Paleo, Eréndira García-Ríos, Rubén Gaviño, Gustavo García de la Mora, Jorge Cárdenas Synthesis, 24, 4261-4267 (2010).

Novel, metal-free, superacid-catalized “click” reaction of isantins with linear, nonactivated, multiring aromatic hydrocarbons. M. C. G. Hernández, M. G. Zolotukhin, S. Fomine, N. Fröhlich, E. Preis,U. Scherf, M. Salmón, J. Cárdenas and M. I. Chávez Macromolecules, 43, 6968-6979 (2010).

Highly efficient macrolactonization of ω-hydroxy acids using benzotriazole esters: synthesis of Sansalvamide. A.José Antonio Morales-Serna, Ericka Sánchez, Ricardo Velázquez, Jorge Bernal, Eréndira García-Ríos, Rubén Gaviño, Guillermo Negrón-Silva and Jorge Cárdenas Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, 8, 4940-4948 (2010).

Synthesis, characterization and third-order non-linear optical properties of novel fluorene monomers and their cross-conjugated polymers. G. Ramos-Ortíz, J.L. Maldonado, M.C.G. Hernández, M.G. Zolotukhin, S. Fomine, N. Fröhlich, U. Scherf, F. Galbrecht, E. Preis, M. Salmón, J. Cárdenas and M.I. Chávez Polymer, 51, 2351-2359 (2010).

Homoisoflavanones from Agave tequilana. Weber.José Antonio Morales-Serna, Armando Jiménez, Rosa Estrada-Reyes, Carmen Márquez, Jorge Cárdenas and Manuel Salmón Molecules, 15, 3295-3301 (2010).

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