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Andrey Antonchick

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Chemistry and Forensic Science


Dr Antonchick leads the research group, teaches undergraduate and postgraduate organic chemistry and is module leader for research projects at the department.

Career overview

Andrey P. Antonchick studied chemistry at Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus). He received a PhD in bioorganic chemistry from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Minsk, Belarus) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (Jena, Germany) under the guidance of Prof. V.A. Khripach and PD Dr. B. Schneider. After a postdoctoral appointment with Prof. M. Rueping at Frankfurt University, he joined the group of Prof H. Waldmann at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology (Dortmund, Germany). In 2011 he was appointed group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology and Technical University of Dortmund. Since August 2020, he holds the position of Associate Professor at the Nottingham Trent University.

Author Profile @ Angewandte Chemie

Research areas

Please, see the research group pages for full details.

The research of the group is based on chemical synthesis. We focus on the development of novel methods for the synthesis of small compounds and following application of the developed reaction methodology for preparation of focused compound libraries. Obtained compounds are studied using cell based assays and chemical genetic approaches to evaluate possible targets. Furthermore, we are elaborating new synthetic strategies for the preparation of complex lead molecules with pronounced bioactivity.

The group’s research covers several complementary areas of organic synthesis for the development of novel efficient reaction methodology, such as:

  • Enantioselective catalysis for the synthesis of complex chiral products with multiple stereocenters
  • C-H bond activation using transition metal catalysis for direct coupling of non-functionalized compounds
  • C-H bond functionalization based on utilization of direct oxidative metal-free methods for synthesis of compounds of interest


Please, see the list of publications here

List of selected publications

Hui C.; Craggs L.; Antonchick, A.P. Ring contraction in synthesis of functionalized carbocycles. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2022, 51, 8652-8675, DOI: 10.1039/D1CS01080H

Hui C.; Brieger L.; Strohmann, C.; Antonchick, A.P. Stereoselective Synthesis of Cyclobutanes by Contraction of Pyrrolidines. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 123, 18864-18870, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.1c10175

Li H., Gontla R., Flegel J., Merten C., Ziegler S., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. Enantioselective Formal C(sp3)‐H Bond Activation in the Synthesis of Bioactive Spiropyrazolone Derivatives. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 307-311, DOI:10.1002/anie.201811041 Angew. Chem. 2019, 131, 313-317, DOI:10.1002/ange.201811041

Manna S., Antonchick A. P. Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation Using Biomass as Hydrogen Source. ChemSusChem 2019, 12, 3094-3098, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201801770

Shan G., Flegel J., Li H., Merten C., Ziegler S., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. C–H Bond Activation for the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Atropisomers Yields Hedgehog Pathway Inhibitors. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14250-14254, DOI:10.1002/anie.201809680, Angew. Chem. 2018, 130, 14446-14450, DOI:10.1002/ange.201812882

Jia Z-J., Shan G., Daniliuc C.G., Daniliuc C.G., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. Enantioselective Synthesis of the Spirotropanyl Oxindole Scaffold through Bimetallic Relay Catalysis. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14493-14497, DOI:10.1002/anie.201712882. Angew. Chem. 2018, 130, 14701-14705, DOI:10.1002/ange.201712882

Xu H., Laraia L., Schneider L., Louven K., Strohmann C., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. Highly Enantioselective Catalytic Vinylogous Propargylation of Coumarins Yields a Class of Autophagy Inhibitors. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 11232-11236 , DOI:10.1002/anie.201706005. Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 11384-11388, DOI:10.1002/ange.201706005

Jia Z-J., Merten C., Gontla R., Daniliuc C.G., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. General Enantioselective C−H Activation with Efficiently Tunable Cyclopentadienyl Ligands. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2429-2434, DOI:10.1002/anie.201611981. Angew. Chem. 2017, 129, 2469-2474, DOI:10.1002/ange.2016011981

Bering L., Antonchick A. P. Selective Transition-Metal-Free Vicinal cis-Dihydroxylation of Saturated Hydrocarbons. Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 452-457, DOI:10.1039/C6SC03055F.

Xu H., Golz C., Strohmann C., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. Enantiodivergent Combination of Natural Product Scaffolds Enabled by Catalytic Enantioselective Cycloaddition. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7761-7765, DOI:10.1002/anie.201602084. Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 7892-7896, DOI:10.1002/ange.201602084

Manna S., Antonchick A. P.  [1+1+1] Cyclotrimerization for the Synthesis of Cyclopropanes.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 5290-5293, DOI:10.1002/anie.201600807. Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 5376-5379, DOI:10.1002/ange.201600807

Manna S., Antonchick A. P.  Copper-Catalyzed (2+1) Annulation of Acetophenones with Maleimides: Direct Synthesis of Cyclopropanes. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 14845-14848, DOI:10.1002/anie.201502872. Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 15058-15061, DOI:10.1002/ange.201502872

Murarka S.,  Jia Z.-J., Merten C., Daniliuc C.-G., Antonchick A. P.*, Waldmann H*. Rhodium(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Synthesis of Troponoids. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 7653-7656, DOI:10.1002/anie.201502233. Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 7763-7766, DOI:10.1002/ange.201502233

Matcha K., Antonchick A.P. Cascade Multicomponent Synthesis of Indoles, Pyrazoles, and Pyridazinones by Functionalization of Alkenes.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 11960-11964, DOI:10.1002/anie.201406464. Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 12154-12158, DOI:10.1002/ange.20146464

Manna S., Matcha K., Antonchick A.P. Metal-Free Annulation of Arenes with 2-Aminopyridine Derivatives: The Methyl Group as a Traceless Non-Chelating Directing Group.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8163-8166, DOI:10.1002/anie.201403712. Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 8302-8305, DOI:10.1002/ange.201403712

Manna S., Antonchick A.P. Organocatalytic Oxidative Annulation of Benzamide Derivatives with Alkynes.  Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7324-7327, DOI:10.1002/anie.201404222. Angew. Chem. 2014, 126, 7452-7455, DOI:10.1002/ange.201404222

Narayan R., Potowski M., Jia Z-J., Antonchick A.P.*, Waldmann H.* Catalytic Enantioselective 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions of Azomethine Ylides for Biology-Oriented Synthesis. Acc. Chem. Res., 2014,  47, 1296-1310, DOI: 10.1021/ar400286b

Narayan R., Bauer J. O., Strohmann C., Antonchick A.P.*, Waldmann H.* Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of Functionalized Tropanes Reveals Novel Inhibitors of Hedgehog Signaling. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12892-12896, DOI:10.1002/anie.201307392. Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 13130-13134, DOI:10.1002/ange.201307392

Takayama H., Jia Z.-J., Kremer L., Bauer J.O., Strohmann C., Ziegler S., Antonchick A.P.*, Waldmann H.* Discovery of Inhibitors of the Wnt and Hedgehog Signaling Pathways through the Catalytic Enantioselective Synthesis of an Iridoid-Inspired Compound Collection. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12404-12408, DOI:10.1002/anie.201306948. Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 12630-12634, DOI:10.1002/ange.201306948

Matcha K., Narayan R., Antonchick A.P., Metal-Free Radical Azidoarylation of Alkenes: Rapid Access to Oxindoles by Cascade C-N and C-C Bond-Forming Reactions. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 7985-7989, DOI:10.1002/anie.201303550. Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 8143-8147, DOI:10.1002/ange.201303550

Antonchick A.P., Burgmann L. Direct Selective Oxidative Cross-Coupling of Simple Alkanes with Heteroarenes. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3267-3271, DOI:10.1002/anie.201209584.   Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 3349-3353, DOI:10.1002/ange.201209584

Matcha K., Antonchick A.P. Metal-Free Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Heterocycles with Aldehydes. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 2082-2086, DOI:10.1002/anie.201208851.   Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 2136-2140, DOI:10.1002/ange.201208851

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