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Pia Wenisch joins the group!

August 27th, 2019|

We welcome Pia Wenisch to the group. Pia joins us from FAU Erlangen in Germany via the Erasmus program. Pia will be working closely with Shengjun on literally trying to grind out some results in one of our C-H functionalization projects.

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About Us

Our group has had postdocs, PhD students, Masters and Bachelors students, interns and visitors via various exchange programmes. To date, Belgium, the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, India, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK have been represented.

Current Members

Lukasz Pilarski

Associate Senior Lecturer

Shengjun Ni

Postdoc (2018 – )

Matic Hribersek

PhD student (2017 – )

Fredric Ingner

PhD student (2017 – )

Pia Wenisch

Masters student (Sept 2019 – )

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Our Research

We invent new ways to make organic molecules

Organic molecules are the basis of all life and underpin modern society. They are in constant demand in medicine, materials science and many aspects of fundamental research. Unfortunately, the synthesis of organic molecules is often wasteful, expensive and toxic. We work to solve that. We develop new reactions and strategies to make the synthesis of organic molecules greener, cheaper and faster.

Our projects span across a range of different areas. These include inventing new catalytic methods for converting ‘unreactive’ C-H bonds, new ways to control the regioselectivity of aryne intermediates, mechanochemistry, organometallics, boronate chemistry and beyond. Our work is both fundamental and applied: we pursue the development of useful processes and building blocks for constructing as wide a range of useful molecules as possible. At the same time, we seek to understand the underlying principles of how these work. Our group also collaborates extensively with computational and experimental chemists, in Sweden and internationally.

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Join Us


We are always interested in hearing from talented, passionate chemists who want to work on projects in synthetic methodology, catalysis, organometallics and related topics.
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Selected papers

Arynes and Their Precursors from Arylboronic Acids via Catalytic C-H Silylation

Karthik Devaraj, Fredric L. J. Ingner, Carina Sollert, Paul J. Gates, Andreas OrthaberLukasz T. Pilarski*
J. Org. Chem. 2019DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b00221 (Abstract)

C4-H Indole Functionalisation: Precedent and Prospects

Jagadeesh Kalepu, Gandeepan Parthasarathy, Lutz Ackermann,* Lukasz T. Pilarski*
Chem. Sci. 20189, 4203-4216 (Abstract, PDF)

Young Career Focus: Interview with Lukasz Pilarski

Lukasz T. Pilarski*
Synlett 201728, A83-A85 (PDF)

Ru-Catalysed C-H Silylation of Gramines, Tryptamines and their Congeners

Karthik DevarajCarina SollertCarmen JudsPaul J. GatesLukasz T. Pilarski*
Chem. Commun. 201652, 5868-5871

Boryl (Hetero)aryne Precursors as Versatile Arylation Reagents: Synthesis through C-H Activation and Orthogonal Reactivity

Emilien DemoryKarthik DevarajAndreas OrthaberPaul J. GatesLukasz T. Pilarski*
Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 11931–11935 (PDF)
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 11765–11769 (AbstractPDF)

Ru-Catalysed C-H Arylation of Indoles and Pyrroles with Boronic Acids: Scope and Mechanistic Studies

Carina SollertKarthik DevarajAndreas OrthaberPaul J. GatesLukasz T. Pilarski*
Chem. Eur. J. 2015 21, 5380–5386 (AbstractPDF)

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Our group is part of the Organic Chemistry research program in the Department of Chemistry at Uppsala University’s Biomedical Centre (BMC).


Department of Chemistry – BMC
Box 576
Uppsala University
75-123 Uppsala

 lukasz dot pilarski at kemi dot uu dot se


Department of Chemistry – BMC
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