Our Team

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... to the website of the Schneider Research Group. We invite you to to stay and read. In the following we will provide further information about us.

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Institute of Organic Chemistry
Our Team - Summer 2022, Photo: Marcel Sickert.

Our Research

We study, develop, and apply novel and useful, catalytic, and highly stereoselective bond-forming processes. They are intended to provide straightforward access to complex and highly valuable chemical structures represented in biologically active natural products and medicinally relevant molecules.

The image shows monomorine, alkaloid (-)-205, thiobinupharidine, and vittatalactone as prominent examples of our natural product synthesis program.

The synthesis of biologically active natural products ...

... underlines the practicality and importance of stereoselective protocols delevoped in our research group.

The image shows a chiral BINOL-based phosphoric acid, a prolinol ether, a palladium-aqua-complex, a rhodium catalyst, a Titanium-based BINOLate, and a bifunctional thiourea utilized successfully in our stereoselective transformations.

Both chiral transition metal complexes and organocatalysts ...

... are designed and applied for the development of new enantio- and diastereoselective reactions.

Overview of transient intermediates utilized by our group, Image: M. Sickert.

In-situ generated and highly reactive ...

... reaction intermediates are converted stereoselectively to highly valuable and complex heterocycles.

The image shows ten nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur-containing heterocycles characterized by their various grade of complexity.

Oxygen-, nitrogen-, and sulphur-containing heterocycles ...

... are prominent motives in many biologically active compounds and can be formed by our stereoselective methods.

The image shows the scheme of continuous flow process for the synthesis of tetrahydrofurans in front of used flow reactor.

Successful translation of batch to continuous flow processes ...

... is gaining our increased research interest combining both worlds - stereoselectivity with high performance.

Our Publications

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with option: environmentally friendly + resource-efficient

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As practical as Lego: Flexibly linked iCPAs ...

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... C-Ring: via Oxa-Piancatelli

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Simply swapped: How an O-ring becomes a ...

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(3+2) Annulation of azoalkenes with chiral Pd-enolates

The figure shows an enantioselective (3+2) annulation reaction of ß-keto-esters with azoalkenes to bicyclic dihydropyrroles by cooperative palladium and Brønsted acid catalysis.
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Easy calculation: (1,4)*(3+2) = top e.e.

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... the reaction of thioketones with alkynes.

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Direct Access to 1,3-Oxathiolan-5-ones through ...

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... synthesise cannabis plant compound:

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Good News: Researchers develop new method to ...

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... simple THC synthesis via asymmetric cyclization

Figure shows the IDPi-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis of cis-tetrahydrocannabinoids
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Thanks IDPi: just in 3 steps to natural products ...

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... the best from both worlds: Pd-aqua complexes

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Brønsted or Lewis acid? Even better ...

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... by cooperative Palladium and Brønsted Acid Catalysis.

The figure shows enantioselective 1,6-addition of β-ketoesters to in situ generated para-quinone methides by palladium/Brønsted acid cooperative catalysis
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Excellent Deal: Two activated for the price of one ...

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Positions

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Young Scientists

Are you highly motivated and interested in designing new asymmetric organic transformations, triggered by process development, or fascinated by natural product synthesis? We offer Master and Ph.D. positions any time. Please apply.

If you are interested in working in our group, you can send your application (CV, recommendation, list of publication and presentation) to Prof. C. Schneider by E-mail or postal mail.

Teaching

Here you can find further information about lectures, seminars, and internships and about registration for Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D thesis.

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Briefly Explained

In collaboration with our teaching assistent team our short clips of experiments support our digital lectures. (Video in German)

Teaching in the summer semester

„Highlights in Natural Products Synthesis" (13-122-0321)

Summer Semester 2022 for Master Chemie (Choice: 13-122-0321):

Information will become available as soon as the Summer Semester 2022 starts. For questions, please contact Dr. Marcel Sickert.

Teaching in the winter semester

"Organisch-Chemische Reaktionsmechanismen"- "OC-II" (13-111-0341-N)

The course is given in German.

Winter Semester 2023/2024 - for 3rd Semester of Bachelor Chemie: Join the Moodle-course​​ with the key you got by registering for the Module via Almaweb. For further questions, please contact Dr. Marcel Sickert.

„Organisch-chemische Reaktionsmechanismen” OC-II (13-BCH-0310)

The course is given in German.

Winter Semester 2023/2024 - for 3rd Semester of Bachelor Biochemie: Join the Moodle-course​​ with the key you got by registering for the Module via Almaweb. For further questions, please contact Dr. Marcel Sickert.

„Stereoselektive Synthesemethoden" (13-121-0317)

Winter Semester 2023/2024 for Master of Chemistry (Choice: 13-121-0317):

Information will become available as soon as the Winter Semester 2023/2024 starts. For questions, please contact Dr. Marcel Sickert.

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Intro for the practical course in organic chemistry. Image: Marcel Sickert

„OC-Grundpraktikum" (13-111-0341-N.P)

The course is given in German. Winter Semester 2021/2022 for 3th Semester of Bachelor Chemie:

Join the Moodle-course​​​​​ with the key you got after passing the OCI-exam. For further questions, please contact Dr. Marcel Sickert.

"Natural Products: Chemistry, Biology and Ecology"

61. Doctoral Workshop of the Universities of Bayreuth, Dresden, Jena, Leipzig, Munich and Würzburg, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Halle, the Hans Knöll Institute in Jena and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena.

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Watch out: On 12.04.2024 the ...

... ... 61. Doctoral Workshop will be at the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, University of Leipzig.

Follow the link to find out more about the date, the venue, the registration, the schedule, and the participating working groups:

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Contact

Head of the Group

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider

Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider

Professor

Johannisallee 29
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36559
Fax: +49 341 97-36599

Secretary

 Constanze Müller

Constanze Müller

Sekretariat

Johannisallee 29, Room 160
04103 Leipzig

Telephone: +49 341 97-36529
Telefax: +49 341 97-36599

Our institute is located in the main building of the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy. You can reach us by public transportation (lines 2, 16, 60).

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