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Troels Skrydstrup

Prof. Dr. Troels Skrydstrup

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center
Department of Chemistry
Aarhus University
Gustav Wieds Vej 14
8000 Aarhus C

Tel: +45 28992132
Email: ts@chem.au.dk , ts@inano.au.dk

Academic experience

 Troels Skrydstrup received a BSc degree in chemical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (1983) and his MSc and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Denmark (1985 and 1988) under the supervision of Prof. Anders Kjær. After several post-doctoral periods at l’Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, Gif-sur-Yvette, France with Prof. Guy Ourisson (1988–1989), and Dr. David Grierson (1990–1992), and at the Carlsberg Laboratories with Prof. Klaus Bock (1989–1990), Troels Skrydstrup was employed as a Chargé de Recherche (CR1) in the CNRS both at l’Université d’Orléans and l’Université Paris XI (1992–1997). He received his Habilitation á Dirigé des Recherches (HdR) from l’Université Paris XI in 1996. In 1997, he became Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, and was promoted full Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2002. He received his dr. scient. degree from Aarhus University in 2001.

Professional and Leadership experience

Troels Skrydstrup is currently center leader of the Danish National Research Center, Carbon Dioxide Activation Center (CADIAC). He has been Head of Department at the Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University in the period 2001–2004, as well as the director of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) in 2014. Furthermore, he leads an active research group in synthetic organic chemistry with approx. 15–20 group members at the level of postdocs, PhD students, MSc Students and others. He has served on the committee of the Danish Council of Independent Research in the field of Natural Sciences (2009–2010), and as the Danish representative of the European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Cooperation (COST) for the Domain “Chemistry and Molecular Sciences &Technologies (2006–2010). He has been a senior staff member of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (2001–current) and the Danish National Research Foundation Center, Center for Insoluble Protein Structures (inSPIN) (2005–2015). Troels Skrydstrup has served on numerous administrative and educational committees at Aarhus University, and has also participated in over 20 evaluation committees for various positions from assistant to full professor both in Denmark and abroad. He is an active reviewer for a number of scientific journals including top chemistry journals such as ScienceNature ChemistryNature CommunicationsAngewandte Chemie International EditionJournal of the American Chemical SocietyChemistry, A European JournalChemical Communications and Chemical Reviews.

Membership and awards

Troels Skrydstrup was elected as a fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences in 2008, and as member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences in 2010 and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences in 2015. He was knighted by the Danish Queen in 2012. In 2001, he received the Holm’s Research Prize. In 2018, he was awarded the Melvin Calvin Award 2018 for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of isotope science, and the same year he was received the Science Award from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University. Troels Skrydstrup has been visiting professor at l’Université de Versailles (2001), Osaka Prefecture University (2007), l’Université de Paris V (2008) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2013) and l’Université de Bordeaux (2014).

Research and Innovation

 Troels Skrydstrup has a keen interest in the application of transition metal catalysis in organic synthesis. Recent efforts have been focused on providing viable solutions for the production and application of low molecular weight gases in transition metal catalysis with applications for pharmaceutical synthesis and isotope-labeling. Furthermore, his group has recently commenced work on the development of selective transformations with CO2. He currently has over 250 publications (H-index of 51, over 8000 citations) of which many are in ”high impact” international chemistry including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, and Nature Communications. Several papers are within the 1% most cited in the field of Chemistry since their publication. Troels Skrydstrup is cofounder and co-owner of the spin-out company, SyTracks, which deals with handling and application of gaseous reagents in synthesis. Medicinal chemists in many major pharmaceutical companies are applying these synthetic technologies. Finally, he has been responsible supervisor for 40 PhD students, 50 MSc students, and 54 BSc student projects in organic chemistry, and he has served on the evaluation committee of 68 PhD and MSc theses in Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Finland, Belgium, Holland and France.


Research Interests

  • Development of new synthetic methods
  • Transition metal catalyzed reactions
  • Synthesis with single electron reducing agents
  • Synthesis of peptide analogs

Awards & Honours

  • 1988 and 1990: Maxwell scholarship
  • 2001: Guest Professor Université de Versailles
  • 2002: Holms Research Prize
  • 2007: Guest Professor Osaka Prefecture University
  • 2008: Guest Professor Université de Paris VI
  • 2008: Elected to the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences
  • 2012: Knighted by the Danish Queen
  • 2014: Guest Professor University of Bordeaux
  • 2018: Melvin Calvin Award
  • 2018: Faculty of Science and Technology (AU) Science Award 2018
  • 2018: Honorary Professorship at Nanchang University, China