Palladium and Carbon monoxide in a modern chemical setting

PhD defence, Friday, 24 February 2017. Thomas Leegaard Andersen

2017.02.24 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Thomas Leegaard Andersen

During his PhD studies, Thomas Leegaard Andersen has examined the use of carbon monoxide as a building block in organic synthesis. Carbon monoxide is a naturally occurring gas which has an immense potential as an alternative carbon source in the production of modern commodity chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials. The studies have focused on the use of palladium as a catalyst to promote chemical reactivity with the aim of developing new methods for the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules.

As a parallel research focus, the PhD study includes an investigation of the application of a radioactive carbon isotope in the preparation of tracer molecules for use in medical PET-scanning (Positron Emission Tomography). This method provides an alternative to the common radiolabeling with fluorine, and further efforts to improve this technique are ongoing in close collaboration with Aarhus University Hospital and industrial collaborators.

The PhD degree was completed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 24 February 2017 at 13.30
Building 1514, room 213, Lecture Theatre I, Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140, Aarhus University, 800 Aarhus C.
Title of dissertation:
Palladium and Carbon Monoxide in a Modern Setting: Application for Synthesis and Radiolabeling
Contact information:
Thomas Leegaard Andersen, e-mail:
Members of the assessment committee:

Professor Michael Willis, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, Great Britain
Professor Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
Professor Kurt V. Gothelf (chair), iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:

Professor Troels Skrydstrup, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University

Professor Niels Chr. Nielsen, iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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