Department of Chemistry

Lund University

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The Strand Group

Chemical synthesis

The Strand group specializes in the synthesis of complex molecules. Broadly, our research program involves both developing methods for chemical synthesis and the use of organic synthesis to develop molecular solutions to  problems of significance in catalysis, biology, medicine, and material science. The common denominator in our projects is a mechanistic perspective that underlies rational design of both new molecules and reactions.

Spring 2018. The group and the LU campus at their finest

Many of our research projects have an inter- or cross-disciplinary nature, why we maintain close collaborations with groups at the Departments of Physics, Biology, and Medicine at Lund University.

Our work is supported by funding from the Swedish Research Council, The Carl Trygger Foundation,  the Crafoord foundation, Gyllenstiernska Krapperupstiftelsen, and the LMK foundation [link to project].


Daniel Strand

Senior Lecturer, Organic Synthesis

E-mail: daniel.strand[at]

+46 (0)46-222 81 23

Postal address:
Organic Chemistry
Lund University
P.O. Box 124
SE-221 00 Lund

Visiting address:
Getingev 60 /Sölvegatan 39

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Open positions

Open positions:  

NEW [1] PhD We are currently recruiting PhD student in synthetic organic chemistry: Link to position

[2,3] We have openings for a postdoc candidate. In particular we are looking for highly capable individual that can independently develop synthesis-driven projects in a multidisciplinary context. 

A PhD background in organic synthesis from a strong research environment is preferred to be considered for the position. 

Interested candidates can send an academic CV and a letter of intent to


2019-05-23 We have a positing for a new PhD candidate. See link under "Open positions" above.

2018-11-29 Through a collaboration with Kenneth Wärnmarks group, Daniel contributes to a study in Science. Congratulations and well done to all involved!

2018-11-15 Congratulations to Magdalena and Ian for grants from the Royal Physiographical Society in Lund!

2018-11-01 The group receives four year support form the Swedish research council! 

2018-11-01 MOvember is on, and the local team is championed by group members Niels and Ian: GO TEAM!

2018-07-15 We welcome Björn Karlsson who will join the group working with Niels Koening and Ian George on natural product synthesis.

2018-07-15 The second paper from our collaboration with Dr. Antoszczaks group at U. Poznan is now available in Eur. J. Med. Chem. Congratulations to all involved!

2018-06-25 A press release for the the mechanism of salinomycin against stem-like cancer cells can be found [here]. 

2018-06-21 The 1st National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society in Lund ended as well as it started. Summary [here]. 

2018-06-14 The salinomycin mechanism study is now available at ACS Central Science. Exciting work at the interface of chemistry, biology and (chemical)physics!

2018-05-25 The dbCOT paper is highlighted in an upcoming SYNFACTS article. Well done to all!

2018-02-05 Congratulations to Michaela, Bianca and Tripmir for their publication on 2,5-pentalene ligands! 

2018-02-05 Congratulations to Michaela for successfully defending her thesis on the 9th of February. We wish her the best in the world of intellectual property!

2018-02-05 We welcome Dr. Ian George to the group!

2018-01-17 We welcome Jan Romano to the group!

2018-01-03 Congratulations to Michaela, Charlotte, and Trpimir for the cover feature of their dbCOT paper