Stereoselective HOMO-Raising Organocatalysis – Easy Access to Complex Polycyclic Compounds

PhD defence, Wednesday 25 January 2017, Bjarke Skyum Donslund.

2017.01.25 | Karen Konradi

Bjarke Skyum Donslund

During his PhD studies, Bjarke Donslund has worked with the development of organocatalytic methods to acquire carbo- and heterocyclic frameworks of potential interest as pharmaceuticals.

In organocatalysis, small chiral organic molecules are applied as catalysts for various reactions transferring chiral information. Bjarke’s research has been focused on the development of new tools for highly selective cycloadditions and other cyclization strategies, which grant access to novel steroid analogues, spirocyclic systems and more. The basis for the findings has been the utilization of strategically designed substrates and new activation modes.

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

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 13.15
Place: Building 1531, room 113, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University.
Title of dissertation: Organocatalytic HOMO-Raising Strategies for Stereoselective Cyclizations
Contact information: Bjarke Skyum Donslund, e-mail:, tel.: +4528965197
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Andreas Pfaltz, Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, University of Basel, Switzerland
Professor Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
Professor Henrik Stapelfeldt, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor:
Professor Karl Anker Jørgensen, Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University
Language: 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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