Congratulations to Jagadeesh as well as our collaborators in Göttingen, Lutz Ackermann and Gandeepan Parthasarathy!
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.
Topics we work on
We have several different projects in the group. Most of them rely on a combination of concepts. Here are some of those we like to work with most.
Organic molecules have many similar C-H bonds that were traditionally considered “unreactive”. We use transition metal catalysts to select specific C-H bonds from an organic molecule and covert them to more useful groups. It’s one of the most direct ways to build up molecules.
Arynes are fantastically versatile but very short-lived molecules. We want to harness their potential for a “building block” approach to organic synthesis in which only a few simple starting materials are needed to make many important molecules quickly.
Many organic reactions need high temperatures and toxic or environmentally harmful solvents. We work on using mechanical force instead, which generates less waste and sometimes reveals new forms of reactivity.
Get in touch
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Dr Lukasz Pilarski
BOX 576, Uppsala University
75 123, Uppsala
Husargatan 3, Uppsala
lukasz dot pilarski at kemi dot uu dot se
We thank these generous sponsors who enable us to pursue our research.