Catalysis  –  Heterocycles  –  Medicines  –  Materials  –  Education

 Innovation in chemical synthesis and catalysis for the construction of molecules of importance for the global improvement of human health, society, welfare and industries are the central themes of the Hansen research group. Our work involves chemical methods development, mechanistic studies and synthesis of diverse functional heterocyclic compound libraries for an array of applications in medicine, materials and education.



15. sep, 2017

GnRH-Receptor Antagonists

In a highly collaborative effort, we can now disclose novel GnRH-receptor antagonists with nanomolar binding affinity. The work was recently accepted in MedChemComm. Congrats Richard and Marc!

10. jun, 2017

MSc Khurelbaatar Sengee

passed his Masters-Examination in Chemistry with the thesis entitled: "Exploration of 3-dimentional chemical diversity in a cyclohexenone scaffold" – Congratulations Khurelbaatar!

28. jan, 2017

Photocatalytic double C-H functionalization of indoles

We recently got accepted a manuscript for a Synlett special issue in connection with the EuCheMS Young Investigator Workshop 2016. The work details the discovery and studies of a novel photocatalytic double C-H functionalization of indoles and received good reviews. Congrats to Urna and Taye!

16. jan, 2017


The group was represented at the 32nd Organic Chemistry Winter Meeting at Skeikampen Jan 12th-15th 2017. Thanks for the great scientific contributions from our PhD-students Marc and Urna!

27. nov, 2016

2017 Thieme Chemistry Journal Award

JHH was chosen by the editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis and Synfacts to be a 2017 Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardee. The award goes to early career young investigators. This is an honor for our group! See :

17. jun, 2016

Photoredox catalysis with DFT

We have recently published two invited articles in Dalton Transactions and the Journal of Organic Chemistry respectively - Congratulations Taye!

3. jun, 2016

Seed grant award from RESULT

The group has been awarded a 70 kNOK Seed Grant Award from the UiT Resource Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology for the educational project "Deliberate assessment for enhanced learning and teaching quality in chemistry courses" - a great achievement for our learning community!

14. mar, 2016

First phase of Hungarian-Norwegian collaboration project completed

Our collaboration with the University of Szeged is developing, and the first joint project is now completed. See more about the story here.

10. jan, 2016


The group was well represented at the 31st Organic Chemistry Winter Meeting at Skeikampen Jan 7th-10th 2016. Thanks for the great scientific contributions from Aya, Tone and Damir! JHH received the young investigator travel award from the NKS Division of Organic Chemistry and will be participating in the EuCheMS Young Investigator Symposium 2016 in Sevilla, Spain. This is a great honor for our group!

10. des, 2015

M.Sc. Aya ismael

passed her Masters-Examination in Chemistry with the thesis entitled: "Novel Synthesis of Lipoxin A4-Analogues" – Congratulations Aya!

25. nov, 2015

Our first collaborative paper

with the Dept of Physics and Technology is publised in Optics Express, involving synthesis of cavitand heterocycles for applications in optical methane sensors - Congrats Magnus!

24. aug, 2015

The group´s first full research paper

appeared in Organometallics asaps today - Congrats Taye!

8. jun, 2015

M.Sc. Phenias Buhire

passed his Masters-Examination in Chemistry with the thesis entitled: "Vertical DOS with DBAs - Multivariate optimization and diversity exploration" – Congratulations to the group´s first chemistry master!

15. jan, 2015

Olav Thon Foundation grant

The group was awarded a national grant from the Olav Thon Foundation! The official award ceremony will be March 5th.