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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.

Fall 2019. Assorted group members and affiliates bringing the crayfish

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].

Group alumni network

Facebook group for present and former group members. Doubles as bulletin board for crayfish related affairs.



Daniel Strand

Professor in Organic Chemistry, ETP

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:
Centre for Analysis and Synthesis,
Naturvetarvägen 14

Group twitter account


Open positions

Open positions:  

PhD position.

We will open a PhD position shortly. Interested candidates are encuraged to check back here.

Postdoc positions.

Postdoc candidates with a strong background in organic synthesis can contact DS directly.


2022-11-07 The group recieves funding from Vetenskapsrådet. We expect to open a PhD position shortly.

2022-09-01 We welcome Leonard Schilling to the group. Leonard is starting a PhD focusing on organic synthesis at an interface between materials and catalysis.

2022-05-30 Congratulations to Magdalena for a wonderful performance at the defense. The group whishes you godspeed on your comming endevors in the area of intellectual property!

2022-05-19 Congratulations to Magdalena and Albert for their wonderful contribution to the field fo cyclooctatetraene chemistry, now available in JOC. This gem serves as a reminder that quantity is a quailty of its own.

2022-04-29 Congratulations to Niels for successfully defending his thesis. We all look forwared to following his impact at Lundbeck! Special thanks to the opponent Thomas Poulsen for a great defense!

2022-03-15 Congratulations to Niels whose study on a C–H activation approach to the tricyclic core of the glionitrins is accepted for publication in ACS Omega. Well done!

2022-02-26 The Nat. Commun. paper on responsive [8]annulene oligomers is featured on the Editors Highlights. Congratulations to all involved!

2022-02-22 We welcome Jian Liu, a guest PhD student from the Jiwoong Lee's group at Copenhagen University. 

2022-02-04 Congratulations to Magdalena, Jakov for their paper on responsive [8]annulene based materials, now available in Nature Communications.

2021-11-22 Congtratulations to Niels for his paper on the first total synthesis of the glionitris, now available in JACS.

2021-09-14 We have an opening for a PhD position in organic chemistry. More information in the open positions tab on this page.

2021-06-18 During the spring 2021 Daniel receives the excellent teaching practitioner (ETP) distinction and a promotion to full professor.

2021-06-18 The first group-bbq of the season is a covid19-safe success.

2021-04-29 Congratulations to Magdalena and Sara for their paper now available in Scientific Reports! 

2021-04-08 Congratulations to Ian and Miguel for their beautiful study in organic letters on the first syntheses of asperaculin A and penifulvin D! A very hard synthetic problem solved at last.

2021-01-15 The group contributes to a publication in JACS on the photochemistry of Co-carbenes.

2020-09-02 We contribute to a publication by the Massoumi-group that shows epi-enpiroline to be a drug lead against neuroblastoma.

2020-08-25 We welcome Sarah Lembke to the group!

2020-08-18 The date for the annual Strand group crayfish party is set to the 28th. The office is pimped, and the pump-up is on!

2020-05-05 Our collaboration with the Wärnmark group on an iron(IV) complex is published in CEJ. Congratulations to all involved!

2020-02-07 DS gives a lecture at LUBRIC on the reciprocity between developments in complex molecule synthesis and sustainable production. 

2020-01-25 DS gives a lecture at Oslo University (that includes conformational analysis, no less) and does jury duty as faculty opponent.

2020-01-13 Welcome to the group: Albert Ruiz from U. Barcelona who will be doing undergraduate research with us!

2020-01-06 The group starts the year with a fun example of asymmetric Lewis acid catalysis using an achiral ligand. The paper can be found [here]