The research division Organic Synthesis (ORSY) of the Department of Chemistry consists of 2 research teams, headed respectively by Prof. Bert Maes and Prof. Kourosch Abbaspour Tehrani.
Prof. Maes is the current spokesman of the division. The division has standardly between 20 and 30 co-workers (PhD students and postdocs). Half of them are postdocs from all around the world, while the PhD students are mainly coming from Belgium. The division belongs to the IOF (Industrial Research Fund) consortium Sustainable Chemistry Network Antwerp (SusChemA) comprising 5 research divisions. Dr. Sergey Sergeyev is the research and innovation officer of the consortium. IOF is a strategic initiative of the Flemish government aiming valorization of the strategic basic research at the Flemish Universities, primarily via cooperation with industry, government and the non-profit sector or by establishing spin-off companies. Besides the 20-30 co-workers on longer term basis, the ORSY division also hosts each year several bachelor, master and Erasmus students. The central themes in the division are organic synthesis, homogeneous catalysis, heterocyclic chemistry and sustainable chemistry. Emphasis in the research is placed on the development of more sustainable reactions/processes. Sustainable chemistry is a spearhead of the cluster Nanotech proposed as a priority area for technology and innovation in Flanders. Since 2015 the division is recognized as a research excellence center of the University of Antwerp, via its participation in the Antwerp Green Chemistry consortium.
Read more on the research lines of the division on the group sites. Specific examples can be found in the respective publication lists.