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  • Assistant Professor in synthetic organic chemistry

  • Belén Martín-Matute berättar om vägen till att bli professor

  • Med hjälp av rätt lärare och rätt forskningsstöd vid rätt tidpunkt blev karriärresan verklighet för Belén Martín-Matute, professor inom organisk kemi vid Stockholms universitet.
  • Read article (swedish): Tidningen Innovation



  • More effective and environmentally-friendly methods for chemical synthesis

  • Chemical synthesis of everything from pharmaceuticals to new materials often requires the use of toxic solvents and metals. Wallenberg Academy Fellow Abraham Mendoza will expand the chemists' toolbox with more sustainable methods. Inspired by nature, he uses the energy of light to control and catalyse environmentally friendly chemical reactions.
  • Twentieth century developments in chemical synthesis have been necessary for our modern world; they have been fundamental to the manufacture of effective pharmaceuticals, material for roads and illuminated molecules for mobile displays, to name a few things. The benefits for mankind are reflected in how 58 of 108 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry have been awarded to discoveries related to the development of new synthesis methods.

    However, one problem in chemical synthesis is that reactions are often based upon toxic solvents and expensive metals. Some substances also require synthesis to be carried out in many steps, which increases waste and is expensive. Dr. Abraham Mendoza from Stockholm University is therefore working on the development of more effective and environmentally friendly tools for chemists. Using light energy and cheap elements such as aluminium, lithium and iron, he wakes chemical molecules to life and facilitates chemical reactions. He will also develop chemical catalysts that can enable the re-use of waste from the petrochemical industry.

    - We are developing methods for a faster and more effective manufacture of chemicals using reagents that are already in the labs. But we make them behave differently by using LED-light chains such as the ones you may have at home, Abraham Mendoza says.

    The reactions that Abraham Mendoza is rationalizing are foundational for chemists and may thus contribute to more sustainable chemistry in many different industries.

    - I am very happy for Wallenberg Academy Fellowship giving me and my research group the stability needed to reach such ambitious goal, he says.

    Webpage for Abraham Mendoza


  • Knut och Alice Wallenberg Project Grant for Prof. Belén Martín-Matute

  • Professor Belén Martín-Matute, Department of Organic Chemistry, got 35.785 million kronor for her project "Catalytic Composites for Sustainable Synthesis."
  • The world has an abundance of water and carbon dioxide, but they are too stable to be of interest to industry. However, with one oxygen atom removed, they become hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide respectively. Both of these are extremely useful in plastics, agricultural chemicals and lubricants. The problem is that hydrogen gas is extremely flammable when mixed with air and that carbon monoxide is deadly when breathed. But, if you could use them as soon as they're made you could sidestep that dangerous middle stage.

    ‐ By using a porous composite material, hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide can be used in the next chemical process immediately. So we can use renewable resources without needing complicated experimental setup while also minimising the risk to people who work with the chemicals, says Belén Martín-Matute.

    More information about the project

    Webpage for Belén Martín-Matute



Department of Organic Chemistry


The research activities at the department cover many areas of experimental and theoretical organic chemistry, including selective synthesis, transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations, hypervalent iodine chemistry, green chemistry, PET chemistry and bioorganic chemistry.

The education offered at the department includes several courses at the bachelor level, and a master program in organic chemistry. In addition, we offer practical projects in the research front, which regularly attract exchange students to the department. We have a comprehensive research education program, with about 40 PhD students, in organic chemistry.

Recent Publications

Nadia O. Ilchenko Novel Applications of Benziodoxole Reagents in the Synthesis of Organofluorine Compounds 2017
Margareta R. A. Blomberg Can Reduction of NO to N2O in Cytochrome c Dependent Nitric Oxide Reductase Proceed through a Trans-Mechanism?
Biochemistry
2017
Christoffer Hamark, Ronnie P. -A. Berntsson, Geoffrey Masuyer, et al. Glycans Confer Specificity to the Recognition of Ganglioside Receptors by Botulinum Neurotoxin A
Journal of the American Chemical Society
2017
Colin Diner, Kálmán J. Szabó Recent Advances in the Preparation and Application of Allylboron Species in Organic Synthesis
Journal of the American Chemical Society
2017
Karl P. J. Gustafson, Andrey Shatskiy, Oscar Verho, et al. Water oxidation mediated by ruthenium oxide nanoparticles supported on siliceous mesocellular foam
Catalysis Science & Technology
2017
Hai-Bin Yang, Nicklas Selander Divergent Iron-Catalyzed Coupling of O-Acyloximes with Silyl Enol Ethers
Chemistry - A European Journal
2017
Hai-Bin Yang, Nicklas Selander A redox-economical synthesis of trifluoromethylated enamides with the Langlois reagent
Organic and biomolecular chemistry
2017
Nadia O. Ilchenko, Martin Hedberg, Kálmán J. Szabó Fluorinative ring-opening of cyclopropanes by hypervalent iodine reagents. An efficient method for 1,3-oxyfluorination and 1,3-difluorination
Chemical Sience
2017
Bianca Manta, Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, Fahmi Himo Quantum Chemical Study of Dual-Substrate Recognition in ω-Transaminase
ACS Omega
2017
Karl P. J. Gustafson, Arnar Gudmundsson, Kayla Lewis, et al. Chemoenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Secondary Alcohols Using an Air- and Moisture-Stable Iron Racemization Catalyst
Chemistry - A European Journal
2017
Moniruzzaman Mridha, Guangning Ma, Carlos Palo-Nieto, et al. Development of an Amino Acid/Hydroxy Oxime Dual Catalyst System for Highly Stereoselective Direct Asymmetric Aldol Reactions in the Presence of Water
Synthesis (Stuttgart)
2017
Mojgan Heshmat, Timofei Privalov A Prediction of Proton-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Ketones in Lewis Basic Solvent through Facile Splitting of Hydrogen Molecules
Chemistry - A European Journal
2017
Jianguo Liu Iridium Catalysed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Olefins and Dynamic Kinetic Resolution in the Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Allylic Alcohols 2017
Mourice Victor Nyangabo Mbunde, Ester Innocent, Faith Mabiki, et al. Ethnobotanical survey and toxicity evaluation of medicinal plants used for fungal remedy in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania
Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
2017
Youai Qiu, Bin Yang, Can Zhu, et al. Highly selective olefin-assisted palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbocyclization via remote olefin insertion
Chemical Science
2017
Bin Yang, Youai Qiu, Tuo Jiang, et al. Enantioselective Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylative Carbocyclization of Enallenes via Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling with Terminal Alkyne : Efficient Construction of a-Chirality of Ketones
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2017
Robert Gustafsson, Ann-Sofie Jemth, Nina M. S. Gustafsson, et al. Crystal Structure of the Emerging Cancer Target MTHFD2 in Complex with a Substrate-Based Inhibitor
Cancer Research
2017
Erik Lindstedt Metal-Free O- and C-Arylation with Diaryliodonium Salts 2017
Bin Yang Catalytic Stereoselective Formation of C–O, C–C and C–B Bonds : A Voyage from Asymmetric Reactions Enabled by Lipases to Stereoselective Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Transformations of Enallenes 2017
Helena Lundberg, Hans Adolfsson Catalytic -Alkylation/Reduction of Ketones with Primary Alcohols To Furnish Secondary Alcohols
Synthesis (Stuttgart)
2016
Masoud Kazemi, Fahmi Himo, Johan Åqvist Enzyme catalysis by entropy without Circe effect
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
2016
Fredrik Tinnis, Alexey Volkov, Tove Slagbrand, et al. Chemoselective reduction of tertiary amides under thermal control for the formation of aldehydes or amines
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2016
Marianne Öksnes Dalheim, Nina Björk Arnfinnsdottir, Göran Widmalm, et al. The size and shape of three water-soluble, non-ionic polysaccharides produced by lactic acid bacteria : A comparative study
Carbohydrate Polymers
2016
Can Zhu, Bin Yang, Youai Qiu, et al. Olefin-Directed Palladium-Catalyzed Regio- and Stereoselective Hydroboration of Allenes
Chemistry - A European Journal
2016
Margareta R. A. Blomberg Mechanism of Oxygen Reduction in Cytochrome c Oxidase and the Role of the Active Site Tyrosine
Biochemistry
2016
Yuzhu Yang, Kálmán J. Szabó Synthesis of Allenes by Catalytic Coupling of Propargyl Carbonates with Aryl Iodides in the Presence of Diboron Species
Journal of Organic Chemistry
2016
Zhoutong Sun, Ylva Wikmark, Jan-E. Bäckvall, et al. New Concepts for Increasing the Efficiency in Directed Evolution of Stereoselective Enzymes
Chemistry - A European Journal
2016
Nuria Miralles, Rauful Alam, Kálmán J. Szabó, et al. Transition-Metal-Free Borylation of Allylic and Propargylic Alcohols
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2016
Simon N. Kessler, Jan-E. Bäckvall Iron-catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Propargyl Carboxylates and Grignard Reagents : Synthesis of Substituted Allenes
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2016
Markus D. Kärkäs, Björn Åkermark Catalytic Water Oxidation by Ruthenium Complexes Containing Negatively Charged Ligand Frameworks
The chemical record
2016
Gergely L. Tolnai, Jonathan P. Brand, Jerome Waser Gold-catalyzed direct alkynylation of tryptophan in peptides using TIPS-EBX
Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
2016
Pavel Kaderavek, Vojtech Zapletal, Radovan Fiala, et al. Spectral density mapping at multiple magnetic fields suitable for C-13 NMR relaxation studies
Journal of magnetic resonance (San Diego, Calif. 1997: Print)
2016
Tuo Jiang, Xu Quan, Can Zhu, et al. Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Synthesis of a-Acetoxylated Enones from Alkynes
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2016
Wangchuk Rabten, Torbjörn Åkermark, Markus D. Kärkäs, et al. A ruthenium water oxidation catalyst based on a carboxamide ligand
Dalton Transactions
2016
Henrik Daver, Biswanath Das, Ebbe Nordlander, et al. Theoretical Study of Phosphodiester Hydrolysis and Transesterification Catalyzed by an Unsymmetric Biomimetic Dizinc Complex
Inorganic Chemistry
2016
Anon Bunrit, Supaporn Sawadjoon, Svetlana Tšupova, et al. A General Route to beta-Substituted Pyrroles by Transition-Metal Catalysis
Journal of Organic Chemistry
2016
Oscar Verho, Haoquan Zheng, Karl P. J. Gustafson, et al. Application of Pd Nanoparticles Supported on Mesoporous Hollow Silica Nanospheres for the Efficient and Selective Semihydrogenation of Alkynes
ChemCatChem
2016
Dhilon S. Patel, Suyong Re, Emilia L. Wu, et al. Dynamics and Interactions of OmpF and LPS : Influence on Pore Accessibility and Ion Permeability
Biophysical Journal
2016
Ylva Wikmark, Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, Richard Lihammar, et al. Removing the Active-Site Flap in Lipase A from Candida antarctica Produces a Functional Enzyme without Interfacial Activation
ChemBioChem (Print)
2016
Jian Zhao, Kalman J. Szabo Catalytic Borylative Opening of Propargyl Cyclopropane, Epoxide, Aziridine, and Oxetane Substrates : Ligand Controlled Synthesis of Allenyl Boronates and Alkenyl Diboronates
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
2016
Robert Pendrill, Olof Engström, Andrea Volpato, et al. Flexibility at a glycosidic linkage revealed by molecular dynamics, stochastic modeling, and C-13 NMR spin relaxation : conformational preferences of alpha-L-Rhap-alpha-(1 -> 2)-alpha-L-Rhap-OMe in water and dimethyl sulfoxide solutions
Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP
2016
Rong-Zhen Liao, Stefano Santoro, Martin Gotsev, et al. Origins of Stereoselectivity in Peptide-Catalyzed Kinetic Resolution of Alcohols
ACS Catalysis
2016
Alexander S. Shashkov, Wenwen Zhang, Andrei V. Perepelov, et al. Structure of the O-polysaccharide of Escherichia coli O132
Carbohydrate Research
2016
Anuja Nagendiran, Henrik Sörensen, Magnus J. Johansson, et al. Nanopalladium-catalyzed conjugate reduction of Michael acceptors - application in flow
Green Chemistry
2016
Anon Bunrit, Christian Dahlstrand, Pemikar Srifa, et al. Nucleophilic Substitution of the Hydroxyl Group in Stereogenic Alcohols with Chirality Transfer
Synlett: Accounts and Rapid Communications in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
2016
Stefano Santoro, Marcin Kalek, Genping Huang, et al. Elucidation of Mechanisms and Selectivities of Metal-Catalyzed Reactions using Quantum Chemical Methodology
Accounts of Chemical Research
2016
Claudio Muheim, Amin Bakali, Olof Engström, et al. Identification of a Fragment-Based Scaffold that Inhibits the Glycosyltransferase WaaG from Escherichia coli dagger
Antibiotics
2016
Marie-Charlotte Belhomme, Dong Wang, Kálmán J. Szabó Formation of C(sp(3))-C(sp(3)) Bonds by Palladium Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of alpha-Diazoketones and Allylboronic Acids
Organic Letters
2016
Anuja Nagendiran, Vlad Pascanu, Antonio Bermejo Gómez, et al. Mild and Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation of the C=C Bond in a,b-Unsaturated Carbonyl Compounds Using Supported Palladium Nanoparticles
Chemistry - A European Journal
2016
Margareta R. A. Blomberg, Per E. M. Siegbahn Improved free energy profile for reduction of NO in cytochrome c dependent nitric oxide reductase (cNOR)
Journal of Computational Chemistry
2016
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