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 with a thesis that described the development and reactivity of palladacycles as catalysts in non-redox C-C bond forming reactions.

In 2008, before my PhD viva, I took up 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’s Department of Organic Chemistry, 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 and I became a Docent in June 2020.

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. If it’s my group’s papers that you’d like to see, check out the Publications page.

Conferences & Talks

2019-09-18: University Santiago de Compostela, Spain – invited talk
 2019-04-15: Stockholm University, Sweden – Invited lecture
2018-06-19: 1st National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society – Talk
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 – Talk
2015-06-30: OMCOS 18 conference in Sitges, Spain – Poster
2015-03-12: 3rd Nordic Meeting on Organometallic Chemistry, Lund, Sweden – Talk
2014-07-01: 2nd International Symposium on C-H Activation in Rennes, France – Talk
2014-06-15: Organikerdagarna Conference, Djurönäset, Sweden – Talk


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