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The Holger Erdtman Lectures

Annual lectures from highly distinguished young scientists in the organic chemistry field. In recognition of Holger Erdtman, Professor of organic chemistry at KTH between 1945 and 1969. Sponsored by the Aulin-Erdtman foundation.


2019 - the 21st Holger Erdtman lecture

David J. Procter

University of Manchester, Manchester (UK)

“Cascades, catalysis and chiral ligand control with SmI2: The rebirth of a reagent"

2018 - the 20th Holger Erdtman lecture

​​​​​​​Vy M. Dong ​​​​​​​

University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California (USA)

"A few of my favorite rings: Catalysis inspired by macrocycles"

2017 - the 19th Holger Erdtman lecture

Oliver Trapp

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (Germany)

"From Self-Amplification of Chirality to the Imaging of the Absolute Configuration by Coulomb Explosion"

Kenichiro Itami

2016 - the 18th Holger Erdtman lecture

Kenichiro Itami

Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan)

"Exploring Nanocarbon Materials and Plant Biology by C-H Activation"

2015 - the 17th Holger Erdtman lecture

Tobias Ritter

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung / Harvard University (Germany/USA)

"Late-Stage Fluorination for PET Imaging"

2014 - the 16th Holger Erdtman lecture

Paolo Melchiorre

ICIQ - Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Tarragona (Spain)

ICREA - Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, Barcelona (Spain) 

"Photochemical Organocatalytic Processes"

2013 - the 15th Holger Erdtman lecture

Frank Glorius

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster (Germany)

"Mild, versatile and strategic: C–H-activation and asymmetric arene hydrogenation"

2012 - the 14th Holger Erdtman lecture

​Michael J. Krische

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin (USA)

"Hydrogenation for C-C Bond Formation"

Lutz Ackermann

2011 - the 13th Holger Erdtman lecture

Lutz Ackermann

Institute of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, University of Göttingen (Germany)

"Metal-Catalyzed C-H-Bond Functionalizations"


2010 - the 12th Holger Erdtman lecture

Helma Wennemers

Department of Chemistry, University of Basel (Switzerland)

"Bioinspired Chemistry Using the Different Faces of Peptides: Molecular Scaffolds, Asymmetric Catalysis and Ag-Nanoparticles"

2009 - the 11th Holger Erdtman lecture

Joost Reek

Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

"New Supramolecular Strategies in Transition Metal Catalysis"

2008 - the 10th Holger Erdtman lecture

Matthew Gaunt

Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK)

"New Catalytic Strategies for Chemical Synthesis"

2007 - the 9th Holger Erdtman lecture

Jeffrey Bode

Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

"Organic Redox Reactions for Enantioselective Annulations and Chemoselective Ligations"

2006 - the 8th Holger Erdtman lecture

Jérôme Lacour

Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

"Chiral Ions in Asymmetric Synthesis and Catalysis"


2005 - the 7th Holger Erdtman lecture

Donna G. Blackmond

Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College (UK)

"The Origin of Biological Homochirality: How Catalysis May Have Played a Role"

2004 - the 6th Holger Erdtman lecture

David W. C. Macmillan

Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (USA)

"Enantioselective Organocatalysis. New Catalysis Concepts of Broad Utility to Chemical Synthesis"

2003 - the 5th Holger Erdtman lecture

Chris Hunter

Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield (UK)

  "Quantitative Approaches to Molecular Recognition"

2002 - the 4th Holger Erdtman lecture

Dan Yang

Department of Chemistry, University of Hong Kong (China)

"Synthetic Organic Chemistry Approach for Understanding Biological Mechanisms"

2001 - the 3rd Holger Erdtman lecture

Ari Koskinen

Department of Chemical Technology Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Helsinki University of Technology (Finland)

  "Conformational Control in Stereoselective Synthesis"

2000 - the 2nd Holger Erdtman lecture

Gregory C. Fu

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

  "Asymmetric Catalysis with Planar-Chiral Heterocycles"

1999 - the 1st Holger Erdtman lecture

Erick M. Carreira

Chemistry department, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich (Switzerland)

  "Asymmetric Synthesis with Transition Metal Catalysts"


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