First joint PhD degree Organic Chemistry

Pieter Mampuys received the first joint-PhD degree in the newly created joint PhD programme between the University of Antwerp and the VU Amsterdam. Mampuys successfully defended his thesis ‘Multicomponent Chemistry with Thiosulfonate and Isocyanide Building Blocks: Challenges and Opportunities for Green Chemistry’ last December.

02/08/2018 | 3:16 PM

One-pot manufacturing
Mampuys developed novel one-pot manufacturing processes to access active pharmaceutical ingredients in a more sustainable fashion. The research, led by professors Bert Maes and Romano Orru, was performed in the laboratories of Organic Chemistry of the University of Antwerp and the VU. Both labs work together for a number of years now and discovered interesting so-called multicomponent reactions combining simple building blocks to synthesize more complex bioactive molecules in a step- and atom efficient way. Especially their work on the palladium catalyzed isocyanide insertion reactions received much attention.

Aurora network
Last year a general agreement between VU Amsterdam and University of Antwerp was achieved, which makes this joint degree PhD graduation possible. Both institutions work more closely together within the university network AURORA. This is the first PhD within this framework. But for the coming years several joint PhD graduations are foreseen.