Dr. Petri M. Pihko

petri_pihko.jpgI was born in 1971 in Oulu, Finland. I became interested in chemistry several years before entering the university, assisted by inspiring teachers, Maija Aksela (currently a Professor of Chemical Education at the University of Helsinki) and Prof. Hans Krieger (Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oulu), who also taught me organic chemistry at the University of Oulu before his retirement. I then joined the research group of Professor Ari Koskinen, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1999.

Between 1999 and 2001, I enjoyed nearly two years of a wonderful time as a postdoctoral associate with Professor K. C. Nicolaou at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In 2001, I joined the faculty of Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), and in 2008, the research group moved to the University of Jyväskylä.My research interests include organocatalysis, catalyst design, and total synthesis of natural products. I believe our journey into the world of chemical synthesis is still in its infancy. Compared to the abilities of our own cells, of plants, without even mentioning bacteria and archaea, our human synthetic endeavors can still be considered relatively primitive. Our tools must become much more sophisticated, efficient, and selective in a world faced with shrinking resources and increasing demands for the biosphere. At the same time, we will need to educate young, aspiring scientists to "keep the Bunsen burning". The above list outlines my own research interests, but the best ideas typically come from the hard-working, diligent students and postdoctoral researchers.

Contact information:

  • Office: O505, Department of Chemistry
  • Address: Department of Chemistry, POB 35, FI-40014 JYU, Finland
  • e-mail: Firstname.Lastname@jyu.fi
  • tel. +358 50 528 9132 (mobile)