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Pihko Group – Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Solvent drying system

The major theme of research in the group of prof. Petri Pihko is to establish novel and efficient strategies for chemical synthesis with the help of catalytic transformations, especially organocatalysis and oxidative catalysis. We are developing ready-to-use catalytic tools for synthesis as well as applying them to construct natural products and industrially relevant targets. We pay special attention not only to the generality and wide scope of the transformations, but also to understanding the underlying mechanistic and structural details.

We are always pleased to have international visiting students and researchers joining our group, either for short visits or longer stays! Interested students, at any stage of their studies, should contact Prof. Pihko.

Open vacancies

Two BSc student positions and one MSc student position are avaliable in the group for the fall semester 2017. Research projects are related to ongoing total synthesis and method development projects of the group.

Recent News

  • 1.12. The annual little xmas problem seminar took place in nanosauna.
  • 1.11. Congratulations to our collaborators, Imre, Tamás and Ádám for shedding light on the stereoselectivity of organocatalytic Michael reactions! This work appeared in JACS
  • 18.9. Alisa Taskinen joined the group and began working on her MSc thesis
  • 3.7. Dr. Toni Metsänen joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher, welcome!
  • 26.6. Our synthesis of the oxabicyclic core of waltheriones C and D features on the cover of Synlett issue 10/2017 - congratulations once more to Mari Ella, Rosy, Juha and Katja!
  • 3.5 Summer intern Toni Väisänen joined the group, welcome!
  • 18.4. Juha and Mona presented the second problem seminar of the year