Lukasz Pilarski

Associate Senior Lecturer (Biträdande Lektor)

Chemical biography

I completed my MSci degree in 2004 at the University of Bristol. I then moved to Exeter University and began my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Robin Bedford. In 2005 Exeter’s Department of Chemistry closed, and I relocated with the Bedford group back to Bristol. I obtained my PhD in 2009. My thesis concerned the development and reactivity of palladacycles as catalysts in non-redox C-C bond forming reactions.

In 2008, before my PhD viva, I undertook a postdoc position in the group of Prof. David Cole-Hamilton at St. Andrews University. My project was sponsored by the Eastman Chemical Company and concerned the mechanistic investigation of challenging catalytic hydrogenations. In May 2009 I moved to Sweden and joined Prof. Kálmán Szabó’s group at Stockholm University, where I worked until late 2011, primarily on Pd-catalyzed allylic C-H functionalization.

In 2012 I started my own research group at Uppsala University’s Department of Chemistry – BMC, thanks to a generous grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). In October 2016 I was appointed Associate Senior Lecturer (Biträdande Universitetslektor) at the same Department.

Our group works on developing new strategies for efficient organic synthesis, particularly using on catalytic C-H activation, the reactivity of (hetero)aryne intermediates and that of organo-main group elements, such as silicon and boron. For more information about our work, see our research page.

Conferences & presentations

19th June 2018: 1st National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society – Talk

5th December 2017: CHEMS Seminar Series, University of Helsinki, Finland – Invited lecture

15th June 2016: Organikerdagarna, Umeå University, Sweden – Invited lecture

8th June 2016: University of Strathclyde, UK – Invited lecture

1st June 2016: ISCHA3 Conference, McGill University, Montreal – Poster

27th May 2016: Aulin-Erdtman Young Investigator Symposium, KTH, Stockholm – Invited lecture

9th December 2015: University of Helsinki, Finland – Invited lecture

16th August 2015: 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, US – Talk

30th June 2015: OMCOS 18 conference in Sitges, Spain – Poster

12th March 2015: 3rd Nordic Meeting on Organometallic Chemistry, Lund, Sweden – Talk

1st July 2014: 2nd International Symposium on C-H Activation in Rennes, France – Talk

15th June 2014: Organikerdagarna Conference, Djurönäset, Sweden – Talk