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Berit OlofssonProfessor

Om mig

Jag är professor i organisk kemi, och även sektionsdekan för kemi sedna 2019. Jag är styrelseordförande för SUCCeSS; Stockholms Universitets centrum för cirkulära och hållbara system.

Meriter

  • Medlem i Angew. Chem. International advisory board sedan 2020.
  • Utsedd till  Chemistry Europe Fellow 2018. 
  • Sekreterare & vice ordförande för Division of Organic Chemistry in EuCheMS
  • Vice ordförande för den internationella vetenskapliga kommittén för the European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC) sedan 2017
  • Styrelsemedlem i of Carl Tryggers stiftelse (CTS) sedan 2017
  • Utsedd till STIAS Fellow och spenderade 3 månader i Stellenbosch, South Africa 2014 - 2015.
  • Medlem av den internationella vetenskapliga kommittén för the Hypervalent Iodine conference series (ICHIC) sedan 2010. 

Bakgrund

Jag studerade Kemiteknik på LuTH (Luleå) och LTH (Lund) och blev civilingenjör 1998 efter ett examensarbete vid Akzo Nobel Central Research i Arnhem, Nederländerna.

Jag är disputerad från KTH 2002. Mitt projekt foukserade på asymmetrisk, divergent syntes av vicinala aminoalkoholer via vinylepoxider och vinylaziridiner, med Peter Somfai som handledare.

Post doc-studier på Bristol University, UK med Varinder K. Aggarwal 2003-2004. Projektet var en totalsyntes av (-)-Epibatidin, och omfattade även metodikstudier av alfa-arylering av ketoner. Jag var sedan assisterande handledare i J.-E. Bäckvalls forskargrupp på institutionen för organisk kemi på Stockholms universitet (SU).

Jag startade min självständiga karriär 2006, med en anställning som forskarassistent  på SU. Jag blev docent redan i mars 2008, vikarierande lektor 2009 och fick ett utlyst lektorat år 2010. Jag befordrades till professor 2013. 

Forskning

Vår forskning är fokuserad på:
- Utveckling av effektiva syntesmetoder för hypervalenta jodreagens
- Utveckling av metallfria tillämpningsområden för hypervalenta jodreagens
- Tillämpning av utvecklad metodik i totalsyntes av naturprodukter

Några av våra mest citerade publikationer:

Eleanor A. Merritt and Berit Olofsson*
Diaryliodonium salts – from Obscurity to Fame
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 200948, 9052-9070. Link  (>860 citations)

Marcin Bielawski, Mingzhao Zhu and Berit Olofsson*
Efficient and General One-Pot Synthesis of Diaryliodonium Triflates: Scope and Limitations
Adv. Synth. Catal. 2007349, 2610-2618. Link  (>330 citations)

Frithjof C. Küpper,* Martin C. Feiters, Berit Olofsson, Tatsuo Kaiho, Shozo Yanagida, Michael B. Zimmermann, Lucy J. Carpenter, George W. Luther III, Zunli Lu, Mats Jonsson and Lars Kloo    
Commemorating two centuries of iodine research: An interdisciplinary overview of current research
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  201150, 11598-11620. Link  (>270 citations)

Marcin Bielawski, David Aili and Berit Olofsson*
Regiospecific One-Pot Synthesis of Diaryliodonium Tetrafluoroborates from Arylboronic Acids and Aryl Iodides
J. Org. Chem. 200873, 4602-4607. Link   (>240 citations)

Joel Malmgren, Stefano Santoro, Nazli Jalalian, Fahmi Himo* and Berit Olofsson* Arylation with Unsymmetrical Diaryliodonium Salts – a Chemoselectivity Study 
Chem. Eur. J. 201319, 10334-10342.  Link   (>200 citations)

Nazli Jalalian, Eloisa E. Ishikawa, Luiz F. Silva Jr. and Berit Olofsson*
Room Temperature, Metal-Free Synthesis of Diaryl Ethers with Use of Diaryliodonium Salts 
Org. Lett. 
2011, 13, 1552-1555. Link     (>170 citations)

Publikationer

I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas

  • Electrophilic Vinylation of Thiols under Mild and Transition Metal-Free Conditions

    2020. Laura Castoldi (et al.). Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59 (36), 15512-15516

    Artikel

    The iodine(III) reagents vinylbenziodoxolones (VBX) were employed to vinylate a series of aliphatic and aromatic thiols, providing E-alkenyl sulfides with complete chemo- and regioselectivity, as well as excellent stereoselectivity. The methodology displays high functional group tolerance and proceeds under mild and transition metal-free conditions without the need for excess substrate or reagents. Mercaptothiazoles could be vinylated under modified conditions, resulting in opposite stereoselectivity compared to previous reactions with vinyliodonium salts. Novel VBX reagents with substituted benziodoxolone cores were prepared, and improved reactivity was discovered with a dimethyl-substituted core.

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  • Regiospecific N-Arylation of Aliphatic Amines under Mild and Metal-Free Reaction Conditions

    2018. Nibadita Purkait (et al.). Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57 (35), 11427-11431

    Artikel

    A transition metal-free N-arylation of primary and secondary amines with diaryliodonium salts is presented. Both acyclic and cyclic amines are well tolerated, providing a large set of N-alkyl anilines. The methodology is unprecedented among metal-free methods in terms of amine scope, the ability to transfer both electron-withdrawing and electron-donating aryl groups, and efficient use of resources, as excess substrate or reagents are not required.

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  • Transition metal-free, chemoselective arylation of thioamides yielding aryl thioimidates or N-aryl thioamides

    2018. Piret Villo, Gabriella Kervefors, Berit Olofsson. Chemical Communications 54 (64), 8810-8813

    Artikel

    Reactions of secondary thioamides with diaryliodonium salts under basic, transition metal-free conditions resulted in chemoselective S-arylation to provide aryl thioimidates in good to excellent yields. Equimolar amounts of thioamide, base and diaryliodonium salt were sufficient to obtain a diverse selection of products within short reaction times. Reactions with thiolactams delivered N-arylated thioamides in good yield at room temperature.

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  • Competing Pathways in O-Arylations with Diaryliodonium Salts

    2017. Elin Stridfeldt (et al.). Chemistry - A European Journal 23 (53), 13249-13258

    Artikel

    A mechanistic study of arylations of aliphatic alcohols and hydroxide with diaryliodonium salts, to give alkyl aryl ethers and diaryl ethers, has been performed using experimental techniques and DFT calculations. Aryne intermediates have been trapped, and additives to avoid by-product formation originating from arynes have been found. An alcohol oxidation pathway was observed in parallel to arylation; this is suggested to proceed by an intramolecular mechanism. Product formation pathways via ligand coupling and arynes have been compared, and 4-coordinated transition states were found to be favored in reactions with alcohols. Furthermore, a novel, direct nucleophilic substitution pathway has been identified in reactions with electron-deficient diaryliodonium salts.

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  • Efficient O-Functionalization of Carbohydrates with Electrophilic Reagents

    2016. Gergely L. Tolnai, Ulf J. Nilsson, Berit Olofsson. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55 (37), 11226-11230

    Artikel

    Novel methodology for O-functionalization of carbohydrate derivatives has been established using bench-stable and easily prepared iodonium(III) reagents. Both electron-withdrawing and electron-donating aryl groups were introduced under ambient conditions and without precautions to exclude air or moisture. Furthermore, the approach was extended both to full arylation of cyclodextrin, and to trifluoroethylation of carbohydrate derivatives. This is the first general approach to introduce traditionally non-electrophilic groups into any of the OH groups around the sugar backbone. The methodology will be useful both in synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry, as important functional groups can be incorporated under simple and robust reaction conditions in a fast and efficient manner.

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  • One-Pot C-H Functionalization of Arenes by Diaryliodonium Salts

    2016. Marcus Reitti, Piret Villo, Berit Olofsson. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55 (31), 8928-8932

    Artikel

    A transition-metal-free, mild, and highly regioselective synthesis of nitroarenes from arenes has been developed. The products are obtained in a sequential one-pot reaction by nitration of iodine(III) reagents with two carbon ligands, which are formed in situ from iodine(I). This novel concept has been extended to formation of aryl azides, and constitutes an important step towards catalytic reactions with these hypervalent iodine reagents. An efficient nitration of isolated diaryl-iodonium salts has also been developed, and the mechanism is proposed to proceed by a [2,2] ligand coupling pathway.

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  • Synthesis, Characterization and Unusual Reactivity of Vinylbenziodoxolones-Novel Hypervalent Iodine Reagents

    2016. Elin Stridfeldt (et al.). Chemistry - A European Journal 22 (45), 16066-16070

    Artikel

    A novel type of hypervalent iodine(III) reagents, vinylbenziodoxolones (VBX), has been synthesized in a one-pot reaction from 2-iodobenzoic acid. VBX is bench stable, has been thoroughly characterized and the cyclic structure is supported by X-ray analysis. The reactivity of VBX was investigated in vinylation of nitrocyclohexane, and delivered vinylated products with opposite regioselectivity compared to acyclic vinyl(aryl) iodonium salts. The reagents could become a powerful tool in vinylation reactions under both metal-free and metal-catalyzed conditions.

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  • Diaryliodonium salts: A journey from obscurity to fame

    2009. Eleanor A. Merritt, Berit Olofsson. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (48), 9052-9070

    Artikel

    The recent groundbreaking developments in the application of diaryliodonium salts in cross-coupling reactions has brought this class of previously underdeveloped reagents to the forefront of organic chemistry. With the advent of novel, facile, and efficient synthetic routes to these compounds, many more applications can be foreseen. Herein we provide an overview of the historical and recent advances in the synthesis and applications of diaryliodonium salts.

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  • Arylation with Diaryliodonium Salts

    2016. Berit Olofsson. Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry, 135-166

    Kapitel

    This chapter focuses on recent developments in metal-free and metal-catalyzed arylations with diaryliodonium salts (diaryl-λ3-iodanes). Synthetic routes to diaryliodonium salts are briefly described, and chemoselectivity trends with unsymmetric iodonium salts are discussed.

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  • Room temperature, metal-free synthesis of diaryl ethers with use of diaryliodonium salts

    2011. Nazli Jalalian (et al.). Abstracts of Papers, 242nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Denver, CO, United States, August 28-September 1, 2011

    Konferens

    Diaryl ethers are common structural features in numerous natural products and biol. active compds.  Despite more than a century of immense focus on finding efficient synthetic routes to this compd. class, diaryl ethers remain difficult to obtain.  Routes that are catalytic in copper have been developed, but high catalyst loadings, excess reagents, elevated temps. and long reaction times are still needed.  Pd-catalyzed cross-couplings of phenols and aryl halides at temps. up to 100 °C have recently been reported to give high yields of diaryl ethers.  Diaryliodonium salts are non-toxic alternatives to transition metals in the synthesis of diaryl ethers and we have recently developed effective synthetic routes to these salts.  Herein we report a fast, high-yielding synthesis of diaryl ethers.  The reaction conditions are mild, metal-free, and avoid the use of halogenated solvents, additives, or excess reagents.  Precautions to avoid air or moisture are not needed.  The scope includes ortho- and halo-substituted diaryl ethers, which are difficult to obtain by metal-catalyzed protocols .

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  • Regiospecific One-Pot Synthesis of Diaryliodonium Tetrafluoroborates from Arylboronic Acids and Aryl Iodides

    2008. Marcin Bielawski, David Aili, Berit Olofsson. Journal of Organic Chemistry 73 (12), 4602-4607

    Artikel

    Diaryliodonium salts have recently received considerable attention as mild arylation reagents in organic synthesis. This paper describes a regiospecific, sequential one-pot synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical diaryliodonium tetrafluoroborates, which are the most popular salts in metal-catalyzed arylations. The protocol is fast and high-yielding and has a large substrate scope. Furthermore, the corresponding diaryliodonium triflates can conveniently be obtained via an in situ anion exchange.

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