The Soós Organocatalysis
Research Group



The focus of our research is the development of advanced organochemical synthetic methodologies, exemplified in organocatalysis, frustrated Lewis pair chemistry, and strained heterocycle chemistry. These are also applied in the total synthesis of various biologically active natural products.


We are an organic chemistry-focused research group from Hungary, pursuing the expansion of the chemical space for over two decades now.

Our group is part of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network and the Research Centre for Natural Sciences

For the latest news, follow our twitter feed:

We are excited to report the first enantioselective and scalable #totalsyntheses of #kratom pseudoindoxyl metabolites in @ChemRxiv: Our collaborative work uncovered the exhibited structural plasticity of these opioid analgesics in biological systems. SoosGroup photo
Check out our latest paper accepted in @angew_chem: a powerful tool for the late-stage formal oxidation of prenylated molecules via metathesis. Congrats to Krisz and the team!
Thanks to @That_chemist for highlighting our work in @angew_chem as Honorable Mention in his latest selection:
We have some exciting news to share! Congratulations to Ádám for winning the prestigious Patonay Prize today! Last week Sári received the Kalaus Prize and Péter was awarded at the Zechmeister Symposium. Congrats!👏👏
Transforming unactivated alkenes into (E) or even elusive (Z) unsaturated conjugated carbonyls without metals? - Thianthrenium chemistry furnishing pheromones. Take a look at @angew_chem, just accepted!
#thianthrenium #pheromones #agrochemicals #lobesia
We are sad to inform you that Zoltan G. Hajos, a groundbreaking pioneer of #organocatalysis, has passed away. An inspirational chemist and a true gentleman who went the extra mile without any expectation of reward or recognition. Sadly, he ended up getting none. SoosGroup photo
Greetings from the top of Hungary after this year's National Alkaloid and Flavonoid workshop of the HAS. SoosGroup photo
Flashback to our latest celebration joined by alumni members of the lab 🙂🥳 SoosGroup photo
Greetings from #BOSSXVII Namur! Our posters will be presented tomorrow, pass by if you are interested in total syntheses (P306, 318, 332), strained heterocycles (P344, 345, 374) or FLP chemistry ( P356, 376, 378)! #BOSS2022 #BOSS_symposium SoosGroup photo
We join the organic and catalytic chemistry communities in mourning the loss of István T. Horváth (1953 – 2022). Our thoughts go out to his family. Take a look back at his impressive achievements: SoosGroup photo
The typewriter that brought chemists a deeper intimacy with organocatalysis. As Zoltán Hajos wrote: "our results may be considered an example of a simplified model of a biological system in which (S)-(-)-proline plays the role of an enzyme." @JOC_OL SoosGroup photo
Nice achievement from our neighbour group in @J_A_C_S: Photoinduced Changes in Aromaticity Facilitate Electrocyclization of Dithienylbenzene Switches
Congrats to @ChemBiolHun: Conditionally Activatable Visible-Light Photocages:
Some more Aspidosperma Alkaloids with different redox patterns: Second part of the story is now online in @JOC_OL #OL.

#totalsynthesis #alkaloids #naturalproducts