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.

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

18 September 2019: University Santiago de Compostela, Spain – invited talk

15th April 2019: Stockholm University, Sweden – Invited lecture

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


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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