CeMM Adjunct Principal Investigator

Nuno Maulide

Organic Synthesis

Prof. Dr. Nuno Maulide
University of Vienna
Institute of Organic Chemistry
Währinger Straße 38
1090 Vienna


Nuno Maulide has a broadly documented expertise in state-of-the-art innovations in organic synthesis. One of his research goals is translating the “precision design” that is enabled by synthesis, whereby modification and tailoring of organic molecules can be done with atomic precision, to the realm of biomedical research with an impact on medical practice. A showcase of these possibilities is an interest in “precision fluorination” of C-H bonds, with the vision of systematically exploiting such modifications in particular contexts, whereby the possible benefits shall be first interrogated using in silico techniques prior to actual synthesis. The Adjunct PI position at CeMM will allow close collaboration with pharmacologists, neuroscientists and molecular biologists and holds the promise for several new discoveries. 


Nuno Maulide is a trained chemist. He underwent doctoral studies in the Université catholique de Louvain and, in 2007, obtained his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Istvan Markó, working on the application of functionalized orthoesters in organic synthesis. He then moved to Stanford University for a post-doctoral stay in the group of Prof. Barry Trost. Nuno started his independent career in 2009, when he was appointed Max-Planck group leader at the Max-Plank-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr. In 2013 he moved to the University of Vienna, taking up his current position as Full Professor of Organic Synthesis. Nuno is a holder of an ERC Consolidator Grant (2017-2021) and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (awarded 2018), after having held an ERC Starting Grant (2011-2016). Nuno will also lead a Christian Doppler Laboratory from 2019 on. Nuno Maulide joined CeMM as Adjunct PI in November 2018.

Selected Papers

Dainis Kaldre, Immo Klose and Nuno Maulide. Stereodivergent synthesis of 1,4-dicarbonyls by traceless charge–accelerated sulfonium rearrangement. Science 2018, 361, 664–667.

Pauline Adler, Amandine Pons, Jing Li, Jörg Heider, Bogdan R. Brutiu and Nuno Maulide. Chemoselective Activation of Diethyl Phosphonates: A Modular Synthesis of Biologically Relevant Phosphonylated Scaffolds. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018 Oct 1;57(40):13330-13334.

Daniel H. O' Donovan, Paul Aillard, Martin Berger, Aurélien de la Torre, Desislava Petkova, Christian Knittl-Frank, Danny Geerdink, Marcel Kaiser and Nuno Maulide. C−H Activation Enables a Concise Total Synthesis of Quinine and Analogues with Enhanced Antimalarial Activity. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 57, 10737–10741.  Angewandte Chemie 2018, 130, 10897–10901.

Aurélien de la Torre, Daniel Kaiser and Nuno Maulide. Flexible and Chemoselective Oxidation of Amides to α-Keto Amides and α-Hydroxy Amides. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2017, 139, 6578–6581.

Lan-Gui Xie, Supaporn Niyomchon, Antonio J. Mota, Leticia Gonzalez and Nuno Maulide. Metal-free intermolecular formal cycloadditions enable an orthogonal access to nitrogen heterocycles. Nature Communications 2016, 7, 10914.