Who are we?

Lukasz Pilarski

Principal investigator

Jagadeesh Kalepu

Postdoc

Shengjun Ni

Postdoc

Fredric Ingner

PhD student

Matic Hribersek

PhD student

Swarna Baddigam

Masters student

Oskar Ljungkvist

Bachelor student

You can read more about our group here, including about past members, and how to join us.

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Our Research

In a nutshell

We develop new reactions to make organic molecules in greener, cheaper and faster ways. This can be useful to medicine, in materials science and beyond.

We’re interested in new ‘building block’ molecules useful for making almost any type of organic compound from common starting materials. The idea is to simplify synthesis to the fewest number of steps, minimising cost and environmental impact.

For more details, see our research page and list of publications.

C-H Functionalization

Organic molecules have a huge number of C-H bonds, many of which were traditionally considered “unreactive”. We study methods of replacing them with various functional groups, so that more complex molecules can be made more quickly and efficiently.

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Major themes

We approach our research from several directions.

Organometallics

When C-H functionalisation reactions are catalysed by metals, a C-metal bond is formed. We study molecules that contain such bonds for their unique reactivity and what they can tell us about making C-H functionalisation more efficient.

Aryne chemistry

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Reaction mechanisms

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Mechanochemistry

Organic synthesis uses large amounts of toxic and environmentally hazardous solvent, which is not usually incorporated into the products.

We develop methods that use mechanical force to react molecules, reducing the need for solvent. Such reactions often go at lower temperatures and need shorter reaction times.

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Contact

to send stuff

Dr Lukasz Pilarski
BOX 576, Uppsala University
75 123, Uppsala
Sweden

to visit

Husargatan 3, Uppsala

email

lukasz dot pilarski at kemi dot uu dot se

Funding

We thank these generous sponsors who enable us to pursue our research.