Prof. Syuzanna Harutyunyan

Groningen University

Syuzanna received her Master’s degree in Chemistry from Yerevan State University, Armenia, after which she moved to Moscow, Russia, in 1999 to undertake her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Belokon. After spending several months in 2002 as a visiting scientist in Warsaw, Poland, working with Prof. Grela, Syuzanna joined the research group of Prof. Feringa at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands in 2003 as a postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2007 Syuzanna joined the Process&Development department at Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium.
Syuzanna started her independent research career in 2010, when she was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. In 2013 she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. Syuzanna’s research activities include asymmetric catalysis, organometallic synthesis and mechanistic studies. Syuzanna’s work has been recognized by a recent major awards from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (the KNCV Gold Medal 2016), the Royal Society of Chemistry (2017 Homogeneous Catalysis award) and Solvias (the Solvias Ligand Contest award in 2011).

My Sessions

Lewis acid enabled copper catalysed synthesis of functional molecules


Our research program1-5 is aimed at the development of novel catalysis concepts for the asymmetric synthesis of chiral functional molecules. In 2011 we introduced an entirely new role for Cu(I)-based catalysts, facilitating highly enantioselective carbon-carbon bond forming reactions between organometallics and enolisable carbonyl as well as imine compounds. Following this initial discovery, we established Cu(I)-catalysis, […]

Asymmetric Catalysis