Bioorganic Chemistry

Complex organic synthesis based on biological & chemoenzymatic strategies
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As one of the core disciplines within the chemical sciences, organic chemistry provides the enabling tools for today's chemical industry to address pivotal societal challenges by means of pharmaceutical and agrochemical technologies. Here, the implementation of biological instruments, arising from the enormous progress in modern biotechnology in recent years, offers new opportunities en route to improved synthetic strategies with regard to selectivity, resource-efficiency and cascade design. Combining techniques of contemporary organic chemistry, catalysis and biotechnology, our group provides the interdisciplinary environment to tackle the challenges of modern synthesis from the basic method development to applications in the preparation of natural products.

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Head of the Research Group: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jan Deska

Biography: Jan Deska was born on May 27, 1979 in Quierschied, Germany. He received his diploma in Chemistry (2004) and his Dr. rer. nat. (2007) from Saarland University, Germany under supervision of Prof. Uli Kazmaier (topic: novel methods for metal-mediated peptide backbone modifications). From 2007 to 2010, he conducted postdoctoral studies in the groups of Prof. Goverdhan Mehta (IISc Bangalore, India, topic: total synthesis of phaeofuran A) and Prof. Jan-E. Bäckvall (Stockholm University, Sweden, topic: dynamic-kinetic resolution of axially chiral allenes). In 2010, Deska joined Cologne University, Germany, as Liebig junior group leader establishing his independent research in the field of Synthetic Biocatalysis. Additionally, in 2014/2015, he held the position of teaching substitute professor (chair for Organic Chemistry I) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. In August 2015, Deska was appointed as Associate Professor to Aalto University where he is currently heading the research group of Synthetic Organic Chemistry.  

The Team

Jan Deska

Jan Deska

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Professori (Associate professor)

Yu-Chang Liu

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Postdoctoral Researcher

Janne Naapuri

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Doctoral Candidate

Alexander Kiefer

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Postdoctoral Researcher

Christina Jäger

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Doctoral Candidate
Olga Konstantinova

Olga Konstantinova

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
Postdoctoral Researcher

Latest publications

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Bioorganic Chemistry

Chemoenzymatic Hydrogen Production from Methanol Through the Interplay of Metal Complexes and Biocatalysts

Publishing year: 2019 CHEMISTRY: A EUROPEAN JOURNAL
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Frontispiece: Chemoenzymatic Hydrogen Production from Methanol through the Interplay of Metal Complexes and Biocatalysts

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry, Soft Materials Modelling, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems

Shape and Phase Transitions in a PEGylated Phospholipid System

Publishing year: 2019 Langmuir
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Protein Technology, Bioorganic Chemistry

Biocatalytic Production of Amino Carbohydrates through Oxidoreductase and Transaminase Cascades

Publishing year: 2019 ChemSusChem
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Enantioconvergent Biocatalytic Redox Isomerization

Publishing year: 2018 Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Enantiokonvergente biokatalytische Redoxisomerisierung

Publishing year: 2018 Angewandte Chemie
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Bioprocess engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology

Fermentative production of extracellular amylase from novel amylase producer, Tuber maculatum mycelium, and its characterization

Publishing year: 2018 Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Notizen aus der Chemie

Publishing year: 2018 NACHRICHTEN AUS DER CHEMIE
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Chloroperoxidase‐Catalyzed Achmatowicz Rearrangements

Publishing year: 2018 European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science

Notizen aus der Chemie

Publishing year: 2018 NACHRICHTEN AUS DER CHEMIE
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