Reaching for Reactivity – by a Synergistic Symphony of Catalysts

PhD defence, Tuesday 13 November 2018. Line Dahl Næsborg.

2018.11.13 | Olivia Elsebeth Belling-Nami

Line Dahl Næsborg.

Illustrated to the left is a crystal structure of a molecule which has been assembled by a synergistic symphony of catalysts.

In the field of organic chemistry, the expansion of the synthetic toolbox is of continuous interest as they are used in a diverse array of industries such as the pharmaceutical industry. As new synthetic strategies continue to emerge, the requirements for novelty, efficiency and selectivity increase. Catalysis is a key player in the attempts to meet the demands. Within the field of catalysis, new subfields that enable increased reactivity compared to “traditional catalysis” have emerged.  The combination of organocatalysis and transition metal catalysis has been shown to enable high levels of reactivity, that mediates reaction pathways that are unavailable by “traditional catalysis”. Therefore, this synergistic symphony has been used in the Ph.D.-work for the development of new reaction concepts.  

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Chemistry, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 08.15
Place: Building 1632, room 201, The AIAS Auditorium, Aarhus University,  Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of PhD thesis: Reaching for Reactivity – by Combining Organocatalysis and Transition Metals
Contact information: Line Dahl Næsborg, e-mail:, tel.: +45 60802786
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Jieping Zhu, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Institut des sciences et ingénierie chimiques, Switzerland
Professor Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt (chair), Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD thesis 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, buildings 1520 and 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.     

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Revised 12.11.2018