29.05.2018

News

2018

  • 29.5. The kick-off for 2018 publications with a Synlett from Katja, Juha, Sami and Mona. Congratulations!
  • 21.5. Elina Taskinen started as a summer intern in the group, welcome!
  • 17.5. Dr. Toni Metsänen received the prestigious Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellowship, congratulations!
  • 9.5. Congratulations Mona on your MSc!
  • 30.3. Visitors Renate and Alena left the group.
  • 2.3. Get your skis ready, it's time for the annual skiing trip and problem seminar at Majakoski!
  • 12.2. Roope Suvinen started his B.Sc. project in the group.
  • 29.1. Visiting Ph.D. student Renate Kristianslund from University of Oslo, Norway joined the group. Welcome!
  • 17.1. Our new web-page is online!
  • 8.1. Visiting M.Sc. student Alena Häfner from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg joined the group. Welcome to Finland, Alena!

2017

  • 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!
  • 31.3. Antti N.'s deep dive into the secrets of cooperative... or rather, foldamer catalysts, in collaboration with Imre Pápai's group, was accepted in ACS Catalysis! Congratulations, Antti, Támas and Ádám!
  • 29.3. Juha recieved a travel grant from the Department of Chemistry for a research visit to the University of Lund. Congratulations, Juha!
  • 3.3. Time for the annual Pihko group skiing trip and winter problem seminar.
  • 25.2. Our work towards the total syntheses of Waltheriones C and D is now published as Synlett eFirst, well done Mari Ella, Rosy, Juha and Katja!
  • 9.1.2017 Saara joined the group as a PhD student, welcome back!

2016

  • 21.12. Congratulations to Mari Ella for graduating with an MSc
  • 19.12. Our joint application (with Prof. Karoliina Honkala) in the Biofuture 2025 Programme has received funding from the Academy of Finland. Thank you for your continued support!
  • 15.12. Sakari defended his thesis successfully - thank you, distinguished opponents, Prof. Troels Skrydstrup and Prof. Nuria Lopez!
  • 2.12. Sakari's final piece in the hydrosilylation puzzle became an article in ACS Catalysis - congratulations, Sakari!
  • 1.12. Dr. Dimitris Noutsias joined the group, welcome!
  • 17.11. Petri visits the University of Copenhagen
  • 7.11. Prof. Imre Pápai from Hungarian Academy of Sciences visits the group
  • 4.10. Fourth problem seminar of 2016
  • 28.9. Juha received a one-year grant from the Wihuri foundation. Congratulations, Juha! Thank you for supporting our research!
  • 11.9. Juha represents our group in EuCheMS2016 in Seville, Spain
  • 25.8. Farewell party for Alexanders and Jekaterina, thanks for staying with us for the summer!
  • 23.8. Third problem seminar of 2016 was held by Petri.
  • 6.7. Juha and Sami visited BOS 2016 in Riga, Latvia.
  • 15.6. Visitors from LIOS, Aleksandrs Pustenko and Jekaterina Ivanova joined the group. Welcome!
  • 12.6. Dr. Gokarneswar Sahoo and Dr. Rosy Malik have left the group. We will miss you!
  • 10.6. Our consortium with Prof. Rik Wierenga received funding in the recent call of Academy of Finland. Thank you for your continued support!
  • 2.6. Literature seminar on crown ethers, by Dr. Sahoo.
  • 1.6. Franziska Rahn and Lassi Natri left the group
  • 29.4. Collaborative project on stereoselective syntheses of steroids with Forendo Pharma corporation initiated
  • 15.4. Sakari's paper on hydroperoxidation of enals was accepted by Synlett, congrats!
  • 5.4. First literature seminar of 2016, with the title "HFIP: Das Wundersolvent" .
  • 18.3. Juha received 1 700 € from the Alfred Kordelin Foundation (Gust. Komppa trust) to attend the EuChems 2016 congress
  • 4.3. Get your skis ready for snow, it's the Pihko group winter event 2016!
  • 9.1. First problem seminar of 2016 dealt with hydrazines.
  • 27.1. Our recent paper on Mukaiyama-Michael catalysis was highlighted in Synfacts.
  • 8.1.2016 Visiting student from ETH Zürich joined the group, welcome Franziska Rahn

2015

  • 22.12. Congrats Saara and Sami for completing your MSc degrees!
  • 18.12. Kudos to Juha and Petri for recieving the 2015 Teacher of the Year -award given out by the chemistry students' association.
  • 27.11. Congratulations Sakari, your paper "First Principles Calculations for Hydrogenation of Acrolein on Pd and Pt: Chemoselectivity Depends on Steric Effects on the Surface" was accepted today for Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. as a VIP
  • 3.11. Sahoo presented the last problem seminar of the year.
  • 2.11. Congratulations Aurélie and Sahoo for your superb job on Mukaiyama-Michael catalysis! Your paper was accepted today for Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
  • 27.10. Visiting student from Åbo Akademi joined the group, welcome Mathilda
  • 8.10. Congratulations Suvi for completing your MSc degree!
  • 22.9. Our collaborative paper on Δ3,Δ2-enoyl-CoA isomerases with Rik Wierenga was published in Acta Cryst
  • 8.9. Dr. Naoya Kumagai from the Shibashaki lab visited the group on his trip to Finland
  • 2.6. Antti Piisola successfully defended his thesis "Challenges in the stereoselective synthesis of allylic alcohols", opponent prof. David Tanner from DTU
  • 20.5. Our collaborative project with prof. Maija Nissinen on oligoamide foldamers was published in Chem. Eur. J.
  • 31.3. Antti Neuvonen got accepted as a research chemist to CABB Kokkola, congratulations!
  • 2.3. Suvi Holmstedt recieved 3000 € funding from Finnish Cultural Foundation for her total synthesis of neuroactive alkaloid (+)-Palmyrolide!
  • 27.2. Group skiing event!
  • 3.2. First problem seminar of the year dealt with bisindole alkaloids and interesting rearrangements
  • 1.1.2015 Happy New Year and welcome back to the lab, stay tuned for our upcoming 2015 chemistry

2014

  • 6.12. Group's potluck little xmas party, congratulations to Antti's juggernauts for winning the 2014 quiz!
  • 30.10. Operationally simple Pd/C catalyzed selective hydrosilylation and hydrogenation method was accepted in Org. Process Res. Dev., congratulations Sakari!
  • 21.10. Literature seminar "20 Years of Stemoamide Total Synthesis" presented by Juha.
  • 14.9. Organocatalytic Mannich reaction with β-keto esters leading to chiral β-aminoketones was accepted in Org.Lett., congratulations Antti Neuvonen!
  • 5.7. Antti P., Antti N., Sakari and Juha visited BOS2014 in Lithuania.
  • 4.7. Eduardo Rodrigo finished his visit in our group and headed back to sunny Spain.
  • 26.6. Problem seminar - thank you Antti P. and Eduardo for a fantastic set of problems! This was followed by a group BBQ event.
  • 18.6. Congratulations Juha Siitonen on your MSc!
  • 20.5. Total synthesis of (+)-Greek tobacco lactone completed, congratulations Juha!
  • 24.4. Bowling night and a farewell party for Martins Priede.
  • 7.4.2014 Welcome to the group Gokarneswar Sahoo and Eduardo Rodrigo
  • 31.3.2014 Congratulations to Mikko, Billy, Aini, Antti, and our Hungarian collaborators on the JACS Article on indole - β-ketoester coupling!
  • 28.2.2014 Congratulations Mikko Leskinen on your PhD, and for passing with honours!
  • 11.2.2014 Computational study on isoxazoline formation mechanisms published in JOC

2013

  • 13.12. Congratulations Sanna Yliniemelä-Sipari on your PhD
  • 2.12. Welcome visiting researcher Martins Priede from Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis
  • 29.10. Post-docs Gokarneswar Sahoo and Rosy Malik left the group. Thanks for the last two and a half years!
  • 31.9. Congratulations to Aini Vuorinen for your MSc and a DPhil student position at Oxford
  • 21.9. Congratulations Eeva Kemppainen on your PhD