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Post docs

Thomas Leegaard Andersen

Thomas was born in 1987 in Aarhus city where his chemical education was also commenced in 2008. The primary work in his Ph.D. research, has evolved around 11C-labeling of tracer molecules for Positron Emission Tomography. In this work Pd-complex formation and low scale carbonylation reactions have played an essential role. During the postdoc period catalytic couplings of fluorine containing building blocks and the use Nickel complexes for catalytic purposes are in focus.









 Hongfei Yin

Hongfei grew up in Huludao, China. He received his bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering (2010) and master degree in Medicinal Chemistry (2013) from Shenyang Pharmaceutical University. During his master study, he went to Prof. Dawei Ma’s group as an exchange student for 2 years in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS working on copper-catalyzed coupling reactions and synthesis of N,N-(Me)2-Dmt-Tic-OH derivatives. In January, 2014, he joined Prof. Troels Skrydstrup’s group as a PhD student focusing on the palladium-catalyzed carbonylative reactions. In Febuary, 2017 he received his PhD degree in nanoscience. Afterwards, he continues working with Prof. Skrydstrup as a postdoc researcher, focusing on the water splitting reaction with diboron reagents.


Dennis Ulsøe Nielsen

Dennis was born in Esbjerg IN 1988. He received his Bachelor degree in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Troels Skrydstrup working with developing new likers for solid phase peptide synthesis. He was rewarded the Masters degree in 2012 for his work with palladium-catalyzed carbonylation reactions. In 2014, he joined the lab of Professor Timothy F. Jamison at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for 4 months, where he worked with Ni-catalysis. Dennis defended his PhD in 2017, where he continued hos research on carbonylation reactions. His research interests are in the field of Ni-catalyzed carbonylation reactions and novel carbon dioxide consuming transformations.






Karoline Neumann

Karoline Neumann was born in Copenhagen in 1989. In 2008 she moved to Aarhus to study Medicinal Chemistry at Aarhus University. In 2011 she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry. In August 2012 she started as a PhD student at Aarhus University under the supervision of Troels Skrydstrup. She obtained her Master’s degree in June 2014 and the PhD degree in October 2016. Throughout her studies in the group of Troels Skrydstrup, she has been working with palladium-catalyzed carbonylations and cross-coupling reactions. Furthermore, she has been working in collaboration with the medicinal company Lundbeck, where she stayed from November 2015 to January 2016 to work on the development of diagnostic tools for detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Currently she is working as a Post Doc in the Skrydstrup group, where her main focus is the development of nickel complexes for carbonylation reactions.




Steffan Kristensen

Steffan Kvist Kristensen was born in 1988 in Hjørring, Denmark. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in the field of carbohydrate chemistry at the University of Aarhus in 2013 under supervision of Associate professor Henrik Helligsø Jensen. From here, he joined the group of Professor Troels Skrydstrup, where he in 2016 obtained his Ph.D. degree. During his PhD studies, he examined the use of hydrogen cyanide in catalytic and non‑catalytic processes. The project was performed in close collaboration with Haldor Topsøe A/S. Steffan is currently working on a joint project between Professor Troels Skrydstrup and Haldor Topsoe A/S, where biomass feedstock are converted to chemical feedstock through Gold-catalyzed processes.



Anne Katrine Ravn

Anne Ravn was born in Odense in 1992. In 2012 she moved to Aarhus to study Medicinal Chemistry at Aarhus University. She obtained her Bachelor´s degree in 2015 working with the synthesis of salen derivatives under the supervision of Professor Dr. Kurt Gothelf. She was enrolled as a PhD student under the supervision of Professor Dr. Troels Skrydstrup in August 2016 in the center of excellence, CADIAC. She is currently working with coupling electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to transition metal catalysis.



Simon Roest Laursen

Simon Roest Laursen was born in 1989 and grew up in Tilst in the periphery of Aarhus. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Organic Synthesis in 2013 doing research in detection tools towards Alzheimer disease under supervision of Prof. Dr. Troels Skrudstrup. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in the fall of 2016, working with carbonylation chemistry. Currently he is focusing on the carboxylation of both activated and non-activated substrates using homogeneous catalysis and will be spending 4 months in the group of Professor Melanie Sanford during the summer of 2017.










Aske Skyum Donslund

Aske Skyum Donslund was born in Herning in 1992. In 2012, he moved to Aarhus and started studying Chemistry at Aarhus University. He obtained his bachelor degree in Chemistry in 2015 and was accepted as a PhD-student in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Troels Skrydstrup.

Aske is working primarily with nickel catalyzed reactions involving CO. Potentially this could be used in the synthesis of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiotracers using stoichiometric nickel. The use of nickel in carbonylative catalytic reactions is also of interest.







Katrine Domino

Katrine Domino was raised in Uldum in the periphery of Horsens and Vejle. She started her chemistry studies in 2011 at Aarhus University. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2014, working on the development of a small molecule drug as a detection tool for Alzheimer’s disease. In August 2015 Katrine was enrolled into the PhD programme at iNANO under the supervision of Professor Troels Skrydstrup. The primary work in her PhD research has been focused on conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and development of new palladium-catalyzed carbonylation reactions. Furthermore, her primary work has evolved around fluorination chemistry.



Master students

Mathias Flinker Bach

Mathias Flinker Bach was born in Viborg in 1990. He joined the Royal Danish Air Force in 2011 and in 2012 he obtained the rank of Sergeant. He is now a part of the Danish Reserve. In 2012, he started his Medicinal Chemistry studies at Aarhus University and in 2015 obtained his Bachelor’s degree under the supervision of Troels Skrydstrup, working with large scale synthesis of Raltitrexed using the COware twochamber system. His Master’s project began in the fall of 2016 and he is currently working on reduction of CO2 with use of disilanes and borosilanes for use in different palladium catalyzed carbonylation reactions.




René Wilkens Juhl

René Wilkens Juhl was born in 1992 and grew up in Vildbjerg in the periphery of Herning. In 2012 he moved to Aarhus to start on his chemistry education. He earned a bachelor’s drgree in organic chemistry in 2015 doing research on capturing, release and activation of carbon dioxide under supervision of Prof. Dr. Troels Skrydstrup. His Master project began in the spring of 2017 and he is currently working on Nickel – catalyzed amination of aryl fluorides.




Undergraduates and project student



Visiting students


Research Associates

Lisbeth Andersen

Lisbeth Andersen is a technician in the group. She received her education in Copenhagen and got her training at the chemistry
department at the University of Southern Denmark. She started in the group of Troels Skrydstrup in 1997 and was therefore the first member of the group. Besides her work in the lab, she also teaches in organic chemistry and organic synthesis. Furthermore, Lisbeth is in charge of the group purchases and she makes sure everything in the group is in order. Lisbeth is the only thing more valuable than our coffee machine!