Organic chemistry

Organic chemistry provides useful tools to attack some of the big challenges we are facing in society.

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The research group is led by professor Magne Sydnes and focuses on natural product synthesis, medicinal chemistry, catalysis, and environmental chemistry.

Major projects currently running in the group:


In this project we are developing antimicrobial agents that decompose under light. The idea is that these compounds will degrade in nature post treatment thus minimizing the risk for bacteria developing resistance towards these agents. Our first publication on the topic was published in RSC Advances in late 2021and was followed up with a full paper in Journal of Organic Chemistry.

In connection with the article being chosen as RSC Advances HOT article Professor Sydnes gave an interview. A description of the project for the general public was published by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (Norwegian only).

Synthesis of pyrroloquinoline natural products and activity guided preparation of analogues (SynPNPA)

The aim of the project is to develop practical and modular synthetic strategies for the preparation of pyrroloquinoline natural products and natural product analogues with anti-bacterial and anti-malarial activity.

SynPNPA is financed by University of Stavanger’s ToppForsk programme.

Marine sewage outfalls - environmental impact evaluation (SANOCEAN)

Financed by the Research Council of Norway SANOCEAN program. The aim of the project is to evaluate the environmental impact of sewage discharge to the marine environment from the city of Cape Town, South Africa and Stavanger, Norway with particular focus on pharmaceuticals.

Har du også mulighet til å legge inn en oppdatering på SANOCEAN prosjektet.

The SANOCEAN research team had the pleasure to participate in a debate organized by Science Forum South Africa on December 2, 2021. The session was entitled From Toilet to Sea: to ensure safe water and can be watched here.

Joint evaluation and mitigation of emerging contaminant risks (Nor‐SA2023)

Financed by the Research Council of Norway INTPART programme.

The aim of the project is through research and education to equip the next generation of researchers with the skills required to attack the research questions of tomorrow.  

Group leader: Magne O. Sydnes

Professor i kjemi
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering
Prof. Sydnes is also active in outreach, spreading the importance and joy of chemistry to the public.

Group members

Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering
Ezgi Başavcı
Industrial PhD student
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering
Yomkippur Perez
Industrial PhD student
Siri Lunde Tungland
Industrial PhD student


Jeannette H. Andersen, Mabit, UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Vicky Avery, Griffith University, Australia

Inge Christ, University of Stavanger, Norway

Máté Erdélyi, Uppsala University, Sweden

Sabrina Baptista Ferreira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Petra Imhof, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Eugene Khaskin, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan

Emil Lindbäck, University of Stavanger, Norway

Óscar Lopés, University of Seville, Spain

Roberto Shigueru Nobuyasu Jr., Federal University of Itajubá, Brazil

Daniela M. Pampanin, University of Stavanger, Norway

Ljupco Pejov, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University, Macedonia

Leslie Petrik, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Rolf Berge, University of Bergen/TOmega

In the media (Norwegian language)