56        Intramolecular substitutions of secondary and tertiary alcohols with chirality transfer by an iron(III) catalyst, R. A. Watile, A. Bunrit, J. Margalef, S. Akkarasamiyo, R. Ayub, E. Lagerspets, S. Biswas, T. Repo,  J. S. M. Samec, Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 3826


55        A high atom economic approach to prepare chiral alfa-sulfenylated ketones J. Margalef, R. A. Watile, T. Rukkijakan, J. S. M. Samec J. Org. Chem., 2019, 84, 11219-11227


54        Nickel-​Catalyzed Suzuki-​Miyaura Cross-​Coupling Reaction of Naphthyl and Quinolyl Alcohols with Boronic Acids Akkarasamiyo, Sunisa; Margalef, Jessica; Samec, Joseph S. M. Organic Letters, 201921, 4782-4787.


53        Adsorption Isotherms of Lignin-​Derived Compounds on a Palladium Catalyst, Kumaniaev, Ivan; Samec, Joseph S. M. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2019, 58, 6899-6906.


52        Functionalized spirolactones by photoinduced dearomatization of biaryl compounds Li, Hongji; Subbotina, Elena; Bunrit, Anon; Wang, Feng; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemical Science201910, 3681-3686.


51                    Lignin Valorization by Cobalt-​Catalyzed Fractionation of Lignocellulose to Yield Monophenolic Compounds Rautiainen, Sari; Di Francesco, Davide; Katea, Sarmad Naim; Westin, Gunnar; Tungasmita, Duangamol N.; Samec, Joseph S. M. ChemSusChem, 2019, 12, 404-408.


50        Ductile Pd-​Catalysed Hydrodearomatization of Phenol-​Containing Bio-​Oils Into Either Ketones or Alcohols using PMHS and H2O as Hydrogen Source, Di Francesco, Davide; Subbotina, Elena; Rautiainen, Sari; Samec, Joseph S. M.  Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 2018, 360, 3924-3929.


49                    High Yields of Bio Oils from Hydrothermal Processing of Thin Black Liquor without the Use of Catalysts or Capping Agents, Orebom, Alexander; Verendel, J. Johan; Samec, Joseph S. M., ACS Omega, 2018, 3, 6757-6763.


48                    Tsuji-​Trost Reaction of Non-​Derivatized Allylic Alcohols, Akkarasamiyo, Sunisa; Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Orthaber, Andreas; Samec, Joseph S. M., Chemistry – A European Journal201824, 3488


47                    Pd-​Catalyzed Substitution of the OH Group of Nonderivatized Allylic Alcohols by Phenols, Rukkijakan, Thanya; Akkarasamiyo, Sunisa; Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Samec, Joseph S. M., Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2018, 83, 4099.


46                    ReaxFF Simulations of Lignin Fragmentation on a Palladium-​Based Heterogeneous Catalyst in Methanol-​Water Solution, Monti, Susanna; Srifa, Pemikar; Kumaniaev, Ivan; Samec, Joseph S. M. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 20189, 5233-5239.


45                    Valorization of Quercus suber Bark toward Hydrocarbon Bio-​Oil and 4-​Ethylguaiacol, Kumaniaev, Ivan; Samec, Joseph S. M., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2018, 6, 5737-5742


44          Lignin depolymerization to monophenolic compounds in a flow-​through system, Kumaniaev, I.; Subbotina, E.; Sävmarker, J.; Larhed, M.; Galkin, M. V.; Samec, J. S. M. Green Chemistry201719, 5767


43        Design and synthesis of biobased epoxy thermosets from biorenewable resources, François, C.; Pourchet, S.; Boni, G.; Rautiainen, S.; Samec, J.; Fournier, L.; Robert, C.; Thomas, C. M.; Fontaine, S.; Gaillard, Y.; Placet, V.; Plasseraud, L. C. R. Chimie, 2017, 1006


42        Pd/C-Catalyzed Hydrogenolysis of Dibenzodioxocin Lignin Model Compounds Using Silanes and Water as Hydrogen Source, Subbotina, Elena; Galkin, Maxim V.; Samec, Joseph S. M., ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017, 5, 3726


41        Dual Gold(I)-catalyzed Cyclization of Dialkynyl Pyridinium Salts, Tsupova, Svetlana; Cadu, Alban; Stuck, Fabian; Rominger, Frank; Rudolph, Matthias; Samec, Joseph S. M.; Hashmi, A. Stephen K. ChemCatChem, 2017, 9, 1915


40       Hydrogen-free catalytic fractionation of woody biomass Galkin, Maxim V.; Smit, Arjan T.; Subbotina, Elena; Artemenko, Konstantin A.; Bergquist, Jonas; Huijgen, Wouter J. J.; Samec, Joseph S. M., ChemSusChem,20169, 3280


39        Diglycidylether of iso-eugenol: a suitable lignin-derived synthon for epoxy thermoset applications, Camille Francois, Sylvie Pourchet, Gilles Boni, Stephane Fontaine, Yves Gaillard, Vincent Placet, Maxim V. Galkin, Alexander Orebom, Joseph Samec* Laurent Plasseraud* RSC Advances, 2016, 6, 68732


38        Green Diesel from Kraft Lignin in Three Steps, Joakim Löfstedt, Christian Dahlstrand, Alexander Orebom, Gerrit Meuzelaar, Supaporn Sawadjoon, Maxim V. Galkin, Peter Agback, Martin Wimby, Elena Corresa, Yannick Mathieu, Laurent Sauvanaud, Sören Eriksson, Avelino Corma, Joseph S. M. Samec ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1392


37        A General Route to β-Substituted Pyrroles by Transition-Metal Catalysis Anon Bunrit, Supaporn Sawadjoon, Svetlana Tšupova, Per J. R. Sjöberg, and Joseph S. M. Samec J. Org. Chem. 2016, 81, 1450.


 36       AN EFFICIENT AND CONVENIENT ROUTE TO ENATIOENRICHED 1,4 SULFANYL ALCOHOLS, Sandra K. Olsson, Srijit Biswas, Joseph S. M. Samec, International Research Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2015, 2,


35        Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Intramolecular Nucleophilic Substitution of the Hydroxyl Group in Stereogenic Alcohols with Chirality Transfer, Bunrit, Anon; Dahlstrand, Christian; Olsson, Sandra K.; Srifa, Pemikar; Huang, Genping; Orthaber, Andreas; Sjöberg, Per; Biswas, Srijit; Himo Fahmi; Samec, Joseph S. M. Journal of American Chemical Society, 2015, 137, 4646.


34        Mild and robust redox neutral Pd/C catalyzed lignol β-O-4´ bond cleavage through a low energy barrier pathway, Galkin, Maxim V.; Dahlstrand, Christian, Samec, Joseph S. M. ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 2187.


33        Selective Aerobic Benzylic Alcohol Oxidation of Lignin Model Compounds: Route to Aryl Ketones, Dawange, Monali; Galkin, Maxim V.; Samec, Joseph S. M. ChemCatChem 2015, 7, 401.


32        One-Pot Synthesis of Keto Thioethers by Palladium/Gold-Catalyzed Click and Pinacol Reactions, Cadu, Alban; Watile, Rahul A.; Biswas, Srijit; Orthaber, Andreas; Sjöberg, Per J. R.; Samec, Joseph S. M. Organic Letters, 2014, 16, 5556.


31        Selective Route to 2-Propenyl aryls Directly from Wood by a Tandem Organosolv and Pd-Catalysed Transfer Hydrogenolysis, Galkin, Maxim, Samec, Joseph S. M. ChemSusChem 2014, 7, 2154.


30        Tandem Pd/Au-Catalyzed Route to α-Sulfenylated Carbonyl Compounds from Terminal Propargylic Alcohols and Thiols Biswas, Srijit; Watile, Rahul A.; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemistry – A European Journal, 2014, 20, 2159.


29        Mechanistic Insights into the Pd-Catalyzed Direct Amination of Allyl Alcohols: Evidence for an Outer-sphere Mechanism Involving a Palladium Hydride Intermediate Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Sjöberg, Per J. R.; Orthaber, Andreas; Matsson, Olle; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemistry – A European Journal, 2014, 20, 1520.


28        Equilibrium Study of Pd(dba)2 and P(OPh)3 in the Pd-Catalyzed Allylation of Aniline by Allyl Alcohol Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Orthaber, Andreas; Sjöberg, Per J. R.; Eriksson, Lars; Samec, Joseph S. M. Organometallics, 2014, 33, 249-253.


27        Mild Heterogeneous Palladium-Catalyzed Cleavage of β-O-4′-Ether Linkages of Lignin Model Compounds and Native Lignin in Air Galkin, Maxim V.; Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Rohde, Volker; Dawange, Monali; Samec, Joseph S. M. ChemCatChem, 2014, 6, 179-184


26        Atom-Efficient Gold(I)-Chloride-Catalyzed Synthesis of alpha-Sulfenylated Carbonyl Compounds from Propargylic Alcohols and Aryl Thiols: Substrate Scope and Experimental and Theoretical Mechanistic Investigation Biswas, Srijit; Dahlstrand, Christian; Watile, Rahul A.; Kalek, Marcin; Himo, Fahmi; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemistry –A European Journal, 2013, 19, 17939-17950.


25        The Efficiency of the Metal Catalysts in the Nucleophilic Substitution of Alcohols is Dependent on the Nucleophile and Not on the Electrophile Biswas, Srijit; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemistry-An Asian Journal, 2013, 8, 974-981.


24        Pd-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenolysis of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Benzylic Alcohols by Formic Acid: A Mechanistic Study Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Lundstedt, Anna; Samec, Joseph S. M. ACS Catalysis, 2013, 3, 635-642.


23        An aqueous and recyclable copper(I)-catalyzed route to alpha-sulfenylated carbonyl compounds from propargylic alcohols and aryl thiols. Watile, Rahul A.; Biswas, Srijit; Samec, Joseph S. M. Green Chemistry, 2013 15, 3176-3179.


22        A gold(I)-catalyzed route to alpha-sulfenylated carbonyl compounds from propargylic alcohols and aryl thiols. Biswas, Srijit; Samec, Joseph S. M. Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 6586-6588.


21        Iron(III)-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Substitution of the Hydroxy Group in Benzoin by Alcohols  Mirzaei, Anvar; Biswas, Srijit; Samec, Joseph S. M. Synthesis, 2012, 44, 1213-1218.


20        An atom efficient route to N-aryl and N-alkyl pyrrolines by transition metal catalysis.  Sawadjoon, Supaporn; Samec, Joseph S. M. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2011, 9, 2548-2554.


19        A chemoselective route to either 4-methyl-2,4,-diphenyl-2-pentene or 1,1,3-trimethyl-3-phenylindan from 2-phenylpropan-2-ol medidated by BiBr3: A mechanistic study. Fredrick Howard, Supaporn Sawadjoon and Joseph S. M. Samec, Tetrahedron Letters, 2010, 51, 4208-4210              


18        Latent Ruthenium Olefin Metathesis Catalysts Featuring a Phosphine or an N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligand. Joseph S. M. Samec, Benjamin K. Keitz, and Robert H. Grubbs, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2010, 695, 1831-1837.


17        Quantitative Determination of the Regioselectivity of Nucleophilic Addition to eta(3)-Propargyl Rhenium Complexes and Direct Observation of an Equilibrium between eta(3)-Propargyl Rhenium Complexes and Rhenacyclobutenes. Charles P. Casey, Timothy M. Boller, Joseph S. M. Samec, John R. Reinert-Nash, Organometallics, 2009, 28, 123.


16        Ruthenium Carbene Complexes Bearing an Anionic Carboxylate Chelated to a Hemilabile Ligand. Joseph S. M. Samec, Robert H. Grubbs, Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14. 2686.


15      Bidentate N,O-prolinate ruthenium benzylidene catalyst highly active in RCM of disubstituted dienes. Joseph S. M. Samec, Robert H. Grubbs, Chem. Commun. 2007, 2826.


14        A Salt Metathesis Route to Ruthenium Carbene Complex Isomers with Pyridine Dicarboxamide-derived Chelate Pincer Ligands. Carolin Wallenhorsta, Kirill V. Axenov, Gerald Kehr, Joseph S. M. Samec, Roland Fröhlich, Gerhard Erker Z. Naturforsch. 2007, 62b, 783.


13        DFT study of an inner-sphere mechanism in the hydrogen transfer from a hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium hydride to imines.  Timofei Privalov, Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Organometallics, 2007, 26, 2840.


12        Mechanistic Study of Hydrogen Transfer to Imines from a Hydroxycyclopentadienyl Ruthenium Hydride. Experimental Support for a Mechanism Involving Coordination of Imine to Ruthenium Prior to Hydrogen Transfer. Joseph S. M. Samec, Alida H. Éll, Jenny B. Åberg, Timofei Privalov, Lars Eriksson,  and Jan-E. Bäckvall. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 14293.


 11        Mechanistic investigation on the hydrogenation of imines by [p-(Me2CH)C6H4Me]RuH(NH2CHPhCHPhNSO2C6H4p-CH3). Experimental support for an ionic pathway, Jenny B. Åberg, Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Chem. Commun. 2006, 2771.


10        Efficient Ruthenium-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation of Amines Using a Biomimetic Coupled Catalytic System. Joseph S. M. Samec, Alida H. Éll, and Jan-E. Bäckvall, Eur. J. 2005, 11, 2327.


9          Dehydrogenation of aromatic amines to imines via ruthenium-catalyzed hydrogen transfer. Alida H. Éll, Joseph S. M. Samec, Claudia Brasse, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Commun. 2002, 1144.


8          An efficient and mild ruthenium-catalyzed racemization of amines: application to the synthesis of enantiomerically pure amines. Oscar Pàmies, Alida H. Éll, Joseph S. M Samec, Nina Hermanns, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Tetrahedron Lett. 2002, 43, 4699.


7           Ruthenium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of imines by propan-2-ol in benzene. Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Eur. J. 2002, 8, 2955.


6          Enantioselctive addition of aldehydes to amines via combined catalytic biomimetic oxidation and organocatalytic C-C- bond formation. Ismail Ibrahem, Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Armando Córdova, Tetrahedron Lett. 2005, 46,


5          Efficient Ruthenium-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Functionalized Imines by Isopropanol under Controlled Microwave Heating. S. M. Samec, Laetitia Mony, and Jan-E. Bäckvall, Can. J. Chem. 2005, 83, 909.


4          Mechanism of hydrogen transfer to imines from a hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium hydride. Support for a stepwise mechanism. Joseph S. M. Samec, Alida H. Éll, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Commun. 2004, 2748.

          Sustainable sources need reliable standards, Galkin, M. V.; Di Francesco, D.; Edlund, U.; Samec, J. S. M. Faraday Discussions 2017202, 281


3          Lignin valorization through catalytic lignocellulose fractionation: A fundamental platform for a future biorefinery, Galkin, Maxim V.; Samec, Joseph S. M., ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1544.


2          Nucleophilic Substitution of the Hydroxyl Group in Stereogenic Alcohols with Chirality Transfer, Bunrit, Anon; Dahlstrand, Christian; Srifa, Pemikar; Olsson, Sandra K.; Huang, Genping; Biswas, Srijit; Himo, Fahmi; Samec, Joseph S. M. Synlett 2016; 27, 173-176.


1          Mechanistic aspects of transition metal-catalyzed hydrogen transfer reactions. Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Pher G. Andersson, Peter Brandt,   Chem. Soc. Rev. 2006, 35, 237.



Book chapters:

1-Hydroxytetraphenylcyclopentadienyl(tetraphenyl-2,4-cyclopentadien-1-one)-m hydrotetracarbonyldiruthenium(II). Joseph S. M. Samec, Jan-E. Bäckvall, Encyclopedia of Reagents in Organic Synthesis. 2009, 7, 5557.



Popular scientific publications:


Trotsar krisen med bensin från lignin. Medverkande, NyTeknik, 2016, Published online 2016-03-02

Kamp för klokare kemikalier. contributed, Miljö&Utveckling, 2012, nummer 4, 24-26.

Växterna som byggsten i kemin. Joseph Samec, Kemi och Kemiteknik, Uppsala universitet, 2010, 2011, 2012

Vända molekyler kan återanvändas. Carl-Johan Bilkenroth, Joseph Samec, Svenska Dagbladet, 2007 11 25.

15        Ether functionalized lignin for fuel production and production of etherified lignin, Samec, J.; Löfstedt, J.; Orebom, A.; Dahlstrand, C.; Sawadjoon, S., PCT Int. Appl. (2016), WO 2016072915 A1 20160512.


 14        Composition comprising esters of lignin and organic solvent Samec, Joseph; Loefstedt, Joakim; Dahlstrand, Christian; Paptchikine, Alexander, Swed. Pat. Appl. (2015), SE 2013051508 A1 20150617


 13        Depolymerisation of lignin Paptchikine, Alexander; Dahlstrand, Christian; Loefstedt, Joakim; Samec, Joseph, PCT Int. Appl. (2015), WO 2015199608


 12        Method for efficient extraction of lignin, Samec, Joseph; Loefstedt, Joakim; Dahlstrand, Christian; Paptchikine, Alexander; Sawadjoon, Supaporn, PCT Int. Appl. (2015), WO 2015137868 A1 20150917


11        Process for treating black liquor. C. Carrick, J. Samec, PCT Int. Appl. (2015), WO 2015137861 A1 20150917


10        Composition comprising fatty acids and esters of lignin. C. Dahlstrand, A. Paptchikine, J. Löfstedt, J. Samec. PCT Int. Appl. (2015), WO 2015094099 A1 20150625


9          Depolymerisation of lignin from biomass, Samec, Joseph; Galkin, Maxim PCT Int. Appl. (2015), WO 2015080660 A1 20150604


8          Catalytic reductive cleavage of a β-O-4 bond of ethers or polyethers such as lignin, Samec, Joseph; Galkin, Maxim, PCT Int. Appl. (2014), WO 2014038989 A1 20140313


7          Composition of biomass materials for refining. C Dahlstrand, A. Paptchikine, J. Löfstedt, J. Samec. PCT Int. Appl. (2014), WO 2014116173 A1 20140731.


6          Cleavage of a β-O-4’ bond in monomeric or polymeric compounds Samec Joseph Galkin Maxim, Löfstedt Joakim,. PCT Int. appl. (2014) WO2014039002 A1 20140313.


5          Process for preparation of α-sulfenylated carbonyl compounds from propargylic alcohols in one step Samec, Joseph; Biswas, Srijit PCT Int. Appl. (2013), WO 2013112104 A1 20130801.


4          Reduction of C-O bonds by catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis, Samec, Joseph; Lundstedt, Anna; Sawadjoon, Supaporn, PCT Int. Appl. (2012), WO 2012121659 A1 20120913, national phase.


3          Reduction of C-O bonds by catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis Samec, Joseph; Lundstedt, Anna Swed. Pat. (2012), SE 2011050204 A1 20120909


2          Method for improving properties of cellulose-based fibrous sheet-formed materials for use in medical goods. Samec, Joseph; Enquist, Karl; Cordova, Armando, Eur. Pat. Appl. (2011), EP 2309059 A1


 1          Sheet-formed fibrous materials with improved strength properties. Armando Cordova, Jonas Hafren, Joseph Samec, Karl Enquist PCT Int.Appl. 2009, 27pp. WO  2009121926  A1  20091008 CAN 151:428068  AN 2009:1235700