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Ali Ayoub

Ali was born in 1985 in Beirut, Lebanon, and moved to Aarhus, Denmark in 1996. In 2015 he received his Bachelor’s degree in medicinal chemistry from Aarhus University for his work on palladium-catalyzed aminocarbonylations in the synthesis of important pharmaceutical motifs. Ali was then admitted to a master’s program in medicinal chemistry in 2015, and is currently writing his master’s thesis about his work on carbonylative Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reactions with small aliphatic rings, which he will be defending in 2017.




MetteMette Westphal Work Frederiksen

Mette Westphal Work Frederiksen was born in Svendborg in 1989 and in 2010 she moved to Aarhus to start on the bachelor program in chemistry. From 2006-2007 she lived in Argentina as an exchange student. In January 2014 she received her bachelor degree by finishing her bachelor project. The project was done with the field of organic synthesis with the focus on Heck couplings with ethylene. Now she is in the masters program of chemistry and currently working as a project student in the group of Troels Skrydstrup. The project is concerning carbonylations with CO as one of the couplings partners.


Zhong Lian

Zhong Lian was born and grew up in Jiangsu, China. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from East China of Normal University in 2009 and completed his Master under the supervision of Prof. Min Shi at Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in 2012, focusing on Organocatalysis. In 2013, he moved to Denmark, as a PhD student in the Skrydstrup group at Aarhus University, working on Palladium-Catalysed C-H Carbonylation.




IMG_0636Mikkel Troldtoft Jensen

Mikkel was born in Holstebro in 1988. He recieved his Bachelor degree in 2010 under the supervision of lector Henrik H. Jensen working with the totalt synthesis of allosamidine analogues. Mikkel then focused upon the total synthesis of  new stable hemiaminals as potential glycosidase inhibitors for which he obtained his Masters degree in 2012. Mikkel was then enrolled in the PhD program under the supervision of Professor Troels Skrydstrup in january 2013 where he started working with transition metal catalyzed reactions such as C-H bond activation and the usage of small polyols for gas production. During his PhD Mikkel stayed at Lundbeck A/S throughout 2014 investigating the potential of double carbonylation towards alphaketoesters. His current research envolves the field of carbonylative reactions with various interesting carbon nuclophiles by Pd-catalysis.






Signe Korsager

SigneSigne Korsager is finishing her ph.d. in august 2015. She recieved her master´s degree in Medicinal Chemistry in 2013. In 2014 she spent 5 months as a visiting student in the group of Prof. Melanie Sanford at the University of Michigan. Signe has been working on palladium catalyzed carbonylation reactions and is currently in collaboration with Dr. Nina Locke focusing on heterogenization of homogenous catalysts using metal-organic frameworks.




HeidiHeidi Frahm

Heidi Frahm has studied medicinal chemistry at Aarhus University and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2008. She was accepted as a PhD student in the Group of Prof. Troels Skrydstrup in August 2010. In June 2012 she obtained her Master’s degree. Throughout her studies she is focusing on optimizing synthesis of antimicrobial peptides as well as templating amyloid fibril forming peptides to obtain greater knowledge about the peptides properties. During 2013 she spent five months in the Group of Prof. Daniel Otzen focusing on biophysical characterization of the templated systems.





Sebastian KlimczykIMG_0187

Sebastian studied chemistry at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, where he obtained his Master’s Degree in organic chemistry in 2010. He subsequently joined the group of Prof. Nuno Maulide at the Max-Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim a. d. Ruhr and later at the University of Vienna, where he was working on hypervalent sulphur chemistry and asymmetric Gold(I)-catalysis. He received his Ph. D. in late 2014, and subsequently joined the group of Prof. Troels Skrydstrup in 2015, where he is now working on the development of novel transition metal catalysed carbonylation reactions.



Mia N. Burhardt

Mia is a PhD student specialized in transition metal-mediated organic synthesis; she has handed in her PhD dissertation and is currently waiting to defend it in order to obtain the PhD degree. She joined the group as a bachelor student in 2009 and continued as a PhD student from august 2010 to august 2014. Mainly she has focused on developing low pressure Pd-catalyzed thiocarbonylation carbonylation reactions utilizing the CO releasing method developed in the group. Later she began a collaboration with the group of Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller in an attempt to expand the scope of Ru-catalyzed carbonylation reactions.




StigStig was born and raised in Aarhus, Denmark where his interest in chemistry was spawned during his pre-university HTX-studies. Thus, in 2006 he initiated his chemistry studies at Aarhus University where he was awarded his bachelor degree in 2009, after studying the synthesis of silicon containing peptide mimics, under the supervision of Prof. Troels Skrydstrup. In the spring of 2010, Stig was accepted into the iNANO PhD program and in 2012 he also secured his master’s degree. During his PhD studies Stig has worked with e.g. carbon monoxide releasing molecules, palladium and nickel catalyzed carbonylations, and radio-labeling using carbon-11 carbon monoxide. He is especially devoted to the use of silacarboxylic acid and their derivatives in carbonylative reactions. In the spring of 2013 Stig visited the laboratories of Stephen L. Buchwald for four months, where he worked with the applicability of palladacycle palladium precatalysts to carbonylations and ligand synthesis. Stig’s post doctoral studies in the group will be a continuation of his PhD work.



Xavier JusseauXavier

Dr. Xavier Jusseau graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier in 2010, during which he completed a Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry. He received his PhD. degree, in 2013, from the ICSN (Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles) under the supervision of Dr Catherine Guillou and Dr. Laurent Chabaud, where he worked on asymmetric organometallic catalysis applied to the total synthesis of (-)-gymnodimine A. Subsequently, he joined the group as a post doc, working on the development of new palladium-catalyzed carbonylative coupling reactions and its application in flow chemistry.


Bianca FerreiraBianca

Bianca Ferreira was born in Vitória, Brazil in 1988. She received her BSc Chemistry degree from the Federal Institute of Espírito Santo, Vitória, in 2006 and her PhD degree from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora under the supervision of Prof. Mireille Le Hyaric in 2014. She has mainly worked with medicinal chemistry in Brazil whereas her postdoctoral work in Denmark includes the development of new carbonylation reactions based on in situ CO2-reduction.


Ilya Makarov

Ilya received his Master degree from the Higher Chemical College of the Russian Academy of Science. During his education

at the College Ilya was working in the field of coordination chemistry in the group of Prof. Yan Z. Voloshin where he successively completed his diploma project in 2009. After that he moved to Denmark to pursue a PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Robert Madsen and Prof. Peter Fristrup at the Technical University of Denmark. In 2013 he defended his PhD thesis about ruthenium-catalyzed transformations of alcohols. As a postdoctoral fellow Ilya was involved in the projects on the reduction of carbon dioxide and palladium-catalyzed carbonylation of beta-ketoesters in the group of Prof. Troels Skrdstrup at Aarhus University.

CamilleCamille Lescot

Camille Lescot is doctor of Pharmacy graduated from University Paris Descartes (Paris 5); she obtained her PhD degree in 2011 in Organic Chemistry from the ICSN (Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles) under the supervision of Dr. Philippe Dauban, where she worked mainly with asymmetric rhodium catalysis and nitrenes. She joined the group as a post doc in September 2012 to study the mechanism of the Palladium catalyzed carbonylative α-arylation of ketones. She then worked on the fluoride catalyzed reduction of CO2 into CO using disilanes. From September 2014 she joined the group of Dr. Thibault Cantat in the CEA (Comissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies alternatives) in Paris.




Thomas Cornilleau

Thomas CThomas Cornilleau, was born in Cognac the June 17th, 1990, and was raised in the Poitiers area. He started his PhD in the Professor Fouquet’s team in Bordeaux University in October 2013. He is currently collaborating with the Troels Skrydstrup for a 5 month period where the goal is to develop a general last-step isotope labelling of biomolecules by carbon monoxide. He enjoys discussing chemistry with co-workers and flushing his brain with outdoor sports like surfing, mountain-biking and snowboarding.





Erik Holm Nielsen

Field of work: Solid phase peptide synthesis, RP-HPLC analysis and purification, synthesis of isotope labelled non-proteinogenic  and non-natural amino acids.