Professor Tõnis Kanger
Researcher ID: H-2462-2015
Phone: +372 620 4371
Fax: +372 620 2828
Tõnis Kanger is a Professor of Organic Synthesis at the Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology. His scientific interests include catalytic asymmetric synthesis, atom- and step-efficient synthetic methods, multicomponent and cascade reactions, and, in particular, asymmetric organocatalysis. He is the author of over 90 articles (h-index = 20; cited over 1500 times) and was twice awarded with the National Science Prize of Republic of Estonia in Chemistry & Molecular Biology (2004, 2016).
Keywords: asymmetric synthesis, organocatalysis, cascade reactions, halogen-bond catalysis
The main area of the research is asymmetric organic synthesis. Various methods of catalysis (organo-, metal- and enzymatic catalysis) are used separately or in cooperative manner. Special attention is turned to the increase of efficiency of reactions by using selective catalysts, cascade or one-pot reactions. As a new method, a halogen bond donor catalyzed asymmetric reactions are studied. New reactions will be applied on the synthesis of biologically active compounds and their derivatives. A characteristic feature of the research is the application of the principles of sustainable and green chemistry in asymmetric synthesis. The synthesis is supported by spectroscopic and crystallographic experiments, chromatography and quantum chemical calculations.