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Dr. Thorsten Scherpf

University of Calgary

Dr. Thorsten Scherpf

Thorsten Scherpf, born in 1988, completed his chemistry studies at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg in 2014 with a Master of Science degree. He then began his doctoral studies in the group of Professor Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner, initially at Würzburg University and after 2016 at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Since 2020 he has been working as a postdoc in the group of Professor Warren E. Piers at the University of Calgary, where he is researching sustainable fuels.


His research focuses on the isolation and stabilization of reactive main group compounds and the design of new ligands for transition metal catalyzed reactions.


  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Main group chemistry
  • Palladium-catalyzed cross couplings
  • Organic synthesis
  • X-ray structure analysis
  • Spectroscopy (NMR, GC, IR)
  • Chromatography

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