Peter Somfai was born in 1960 in Göteborg, Sweden, and received his MSc in chemistry and PhD in organic chemistry at Chalmers Institute of Technology. After a post doc stay at MIT, with Prof. S. Masamune, he returned to Sweden and was appointed Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in 1999. In 2001 he was appointed Head of the Department of Chemistry and in 2005 Dean of the School of Chemical Science and Engineering. In 2007 he stepped down as Dean and returned to science, and was also appointed Extraordinary Senior Researcher at the Institute of Technology, University of Tartu. In 2012 he was appointed Professor in Organic Chemistry at Lund University. In 2010 he was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in 2015 of the Royal Physiografiphic Society of Lund.
The focus of our research efforts is efficiency in organic synthesis and various aspects of this can be readily identified. For example, the yield of a given reaction, its environmental friendliness and cost efficiency, if it can be converted into a catalytic process or, alternatively, into an asymmetric one are all important issues that have to be considered when choosing a suitable reaction for affecting a desired transformation. We are mainly interested in developing new methodology in organic synthesis with the intention of applying the chemistry for the total synthesis of natural products.
Studies toward the stereoselective construction of all-carbon quaternary stereocenters, vicinal aminoalcohols and new rearrangement reactions.
We are using the methodologies developed as tools for the synthesis of indole alkaloids and polyhydroxylated alkaloids.
Regio- and Enantioselective Formal Hydroamination of Enamines for The Synthesis of 1,2-diamines
Lu Yu and Peter Somfai
Enantioselective synthesis of anti-3-alkenyl-2-amido-3-hydroxy esters: application to the total synthesis of (+)-alexine
Lu Yu and Peter Somfai
Juha H. Siitonen, Lu Yu, Jakob Danielsson, Giovanni Di Gregorio, and Peter Somfai*
An Efficient Synthesis of (±)-Dehaloperophoramidine
Anita Hoang, Kirill Popov and Peter Somfai
We are always interested in accepting interested and ambitious coworkers! Currently we offer several diploma projects within the areas of total synthesis of natural products and development of new methodology. For more information contact Peter Somfai