Lukasz Pilarski

• Associate Professor (Universitetslektor) 
• Docent

Chemical biography

I obtained my MSci degree in chemistry in 2004 from 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 moved back to Bristol with the Bedford group. I obtained my PhD in 2009 with the thesis “Palladacycles for Non-Redox Bond Forming Reactions”.

In 2008, before my PhD viva, I took up a postdoc position in Prof. David Cole-Hamilton ‘s group 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’s Department of Organic Chemistry, where I worked until late 2011, primarily on Pd-catalysed allylic C–H functionalisation.

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). I was appointed Associate Senior Lecturer (Biträdande Universitetslektor) in 2017, became a Docent in June 2020 and promoted to Associate Professor (Universitetslektor) in January 2021.

Our group conducts research on developing new strategies for efficient and sustainable organic synthesis. We are interested in new catalytic C–H functionalisation reactions, the reactivity and control of aryne intermediates, mechanochemistry, organoboron chemistry and organometallics. For more information about our work, please see our research and publications pages.

Conferences & Talks

• 2019-09-18: University Santiago de Compostela, Spain – invited lecture
• 2019-04-15: Stockholm University, Sweden – invited lecture
• 2018-06-19: 1st National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society – lecture
• 2017-12-05: CHEMS Seminar Series, University of Helsinki, Finland – invited lecture
• 2016-06-15: Organikerdagarna, Umeå University, Sweden – invited lecture
• 2016-06-08: University of Strathclyde, UK – invited lecture
• 2016-06-01: ISCHA3 Conference, McGill University, Montreal – poster
• 2016-05-27: Aulin-Erdtman Young Investigator Symposium, KTH, Stockholm – invited lecture
• 2015-12-09: University of Helsinki, Finland – invited lecture
• 2015-08-16: 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, US – oral presentation
• 2015-06-30: OMCOS 18 conference in Sitges, Spain – poster
• 2015-03-12: 3rd Nordic Meeting on Organometallic Chemistry, Lund, Sweden – oral presentation
• 2014-07-01: 2nd International Symposium on C-H Activation in Rennes, France – oral presentation
• 2014-06-15: Organikerdagarna Conference, Djurönäset, Sweden – oral presentation


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
Husargatan 3