24.) Evaluation of Fe and Ru Pincer-type Complexes as Catalysts for the Racemization of Secondary Benzylic Alcohols

C. Bornschein, K. P. J. Gustafson, O. Verho, M. Beller, J. –E. Bäckvall.*Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 11583-11586.


23.) Mild and Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation of the C=C bond in α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds using Supported Palladium Nanoparticles. A. Nagendiran, V. Pascanu, A. Bermejo Gomez, G. Gonzalez Miera, C. –W. Tai, O. Verho,* Belen Martin-Matute,* J. –E. Bäckvall.*Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 11583-11586. Highlighted in Synfacts 2016, 12, 0877.


35.) Synergistic Effects of Stereochemistry and Appendages on the Performance Diversity of a Collection of Synthetic Compounds.                B. Melillo†, J. Zoller†, B. K. Hua†, O. Verho†, J. C. Borghs, S. D. Nelson Jr., M. Maetani, M. J. Wawer, P. A. Clemons, S. L. Schreiber,*

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11784-11790. † All authors contributed equally to the manuscript.


34.) Palladium Nanoparticles Immobilized on an Aminopropyl-functionalized Silica-Magnetite Composite as an Recyclable Catalyst for Suzuki-Miyaura Reactions. Pourghasemi Lati, M. N. Iqbal, M. Alinia-Asli, F. Shirini, M. A. Rezvani, B. Åkermark,* E. V. Johnston,* O. Verho,* ChemistrySelect 2018, 3, 7970-7975.


33.) A Two-step Procedure for the Overall Transamidation of 8-Aminoquinoline Amides Proceeding the Intermediate N-Acyl-Boc Carbamates. O. Verho,* M. Pourghasemi-Lati, M. Oschmann. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 4464-4476.


32.) Copper Nanoparticles on Controlled Pore Glass and TEMPO for the Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols.

I. Ibrahem,* M. N. Iqbal, O. Verho, Alireza Eivazihollagh, Peter Olsén, Håkan Edlund, Cheuk-Wai Tai, Magnus Norgren,* E. V. Johnston*

ChemNanoMat 2018, 4, 71-75.


31.) Stereospecific Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Arylation of Pyroglutamic Acid Derivatives at the C3 Position Enabled by 8-Aminoquinoline as a Directing Group. O. Verho, M. Maetani, B. Melillo, J. Zoller, S. L. Schreiber.* Org. Lett. 2017,19, 4424-4427.


30.) Synthesis of a Bicyclic Azetidine with In Vivo Antimalarial Activity Enabled by Stereospecific, Directed C(sp3)−H Arylation

M. Maetani†, J. Zoller†, B. Melillo†, O. Verho†, N. Kato, J. Pu, E. Comer, S. L. Schreiber* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 11300-11306. Highlighted in Synfacts 2017, 13, 1124. † All authors contributed equally to the manuscript.


29.) Design of a Pd(0)-CalB CLEA Biohybrid Catalyst and Its Application in a One-Pot Cascade Reaction

T. Görbe, K. P. J. Gustafson, O. Verho, G. Kervefors, H. Zheng, X. Zou, E. V. Johnston,* J. –E. Bäckvall.* ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 1601-1605. Highlighted in Synfacts 2017, 13, 0657.

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28.) Water Oxidation Mediated by Ruthenium Oxide Nanoparticles Supported on Siliceous Mesocellular Foam. 

K. P. J. Gustafson, A. Shatskiy, O. Verho, M. D. Kärkäs, B. Schluschass, C. –W. Tai, B. Åkermark,*  J. –E. Bäckvall,* E. V. Johnston*

Cat. Sci. Tech. 2017, 7, 293-299.


27.) Discovery of 8-Membered Ring Sulfonamides as Inhibitors of Oncogenic Mutant Isocitrate Dehydrogenase 1 

J. M. Law, S. C. Stark, K. Liu, N. E. Liang, M. M. Hussain, M. Leiendecker, D. Ito, O. Verho, A. M. Stern, S. E. Johnston, Y. –L. Zhang, G. P. Dunn, A. F. Shamji,* S. L. Schreiber.* ACS Med. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 944-949.


​26.) Real-Time Biological Annotation of Synthetic Compounds 

C. J. Gerry, B. K. Hua, M. J. Wawer, J. P. Knowles, S. D. Nelson Jr., O. Verho, S. Dandapani, B. K. Wagner, P. A. Clemons, K. I. Booker-Milburn, Z. Boskovic,* S. L. Schreiber.* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 8920-8927.


25.) Application of Pd Nanoparticles Supported on Mesoporous Hollow Silica Nanospheres for the Efficient and Selective Semihydrogenation of Alkynes. O. Verho,* H. Zheng,  K. P. J. Gustafson, A. Nagendiran, X. Zou,* J. –E. Bäckvall.* 

ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 773-778.



39.) Investigation of the Deactivation and Reactivation Mechanism of a Heterogeneous Palladium(II) Catalyst in the Cycloisomerization of Acetylenic Acids by In Situ XAS. N. Yuan, A. Gudmundsson, K.P. J. Gustafson, M. Oschmann,C. -W. Tai, I. Persson, X. Zou, O. Verho,* E. G Bajnoczi,* J. -E. Bäckvall, ACS Catalysis, 2021, 11, 2999.


41.) The Impact of Ligand Carboxylates on Electrocatalyzed Water Oxidation. B. Das,* A. Rahaman, A. Shatskiy, O. Verho, M. Kärkäs, B. Åkermark. Acc. Chem. Res. 2021, 54, 3326.

1.) The Mechanism of Racemization of sec-Alcohols Catalyzed by a Cyclopentadienyl Ruthenium Complex-Investigation of CO Exchange 

M. C. Warner, O. Verho, J.-E. Bäckvall.* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 2820-2823.

Book Contributions

1.) O. Verho, K. P. J. Gustafson, J. –E. Bäckvall*                                                                            

Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of a Primary Amine by an Efficient Bifunctional Pd-CALB Hybrid Catalyst-AMetalloenzyme Mimic for Enhanced Cooperative Catalysis

Experimental Procedure published in the book ”Practical Methods in Biocatalysis and Biotransformations, 3rd Volume”. Paragraph 3.3,

pp. 50-53, Wiley-VCH. Published April 2016.

2.) M. D. Kärkäs,* O. Verho,* B. Åkermark*

Metalloenzyme-Inspired Systems for Alternative Energy Harvest

Chapter in the book “Artificial Metalloenzymes and MetalloDNAzymes in Catalysis. From Design to Applications”.

Eds. J. –E. Bäckvall, O. Pàmies, M. Diéquez, Chapter 12, Wiley-VCH. Published March 2018.

3.) O. Verho, J. –E. Bäckvall*                                                                            

Nanocatalysis meets biology

Top. Organometal. Chem., Springer Berlin. Published April 2020.


1.) S. Lundmark, J. –E. Bäckvall, B. Martin-Matute, A. Nagendiran, O. Verho

Process for production of a butanal. SE 1500125 Al (filing date: 2015-03-10), WO 2016/144228 Al (filing date: 04.03.2016)



1.) M. Oschmann, L. Johansson Holm, O. Verho.*

”Synthesis of Elaborate Benzofuran-2-Carboxamide Derivatives Through a Combination of 8-Aminoquinoline Directed C–H Arylations and Transamidations”. Open Access.

ChemRxiv 2019, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.7925489.v1

2.) A. Balliu, A. R. F. Strijker, M. Oschmann, M. Pourghasemi Lati, O. Verho.*

”Stereospecific, Palladium-catalyzed C(sp3)–H Alkenylation and Alkynylation of a Proline Derivative Enabled by 8-Aminoquinoline as a Directing Group”. Open Access.

ChemRxiv 2020, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.12034743.v1

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5.) Highly Enantioselective Cascade Transformations by Merging Heterogeneous Transition Metal Catalysis with Asymmetric Aminocatalysis  L. Deiana, S. Afewerki, C. Palo-Nieto, O. Verho, E. V. Johnston,* A. Córdova.* Sci. Rep. 2012, 2, Article nr. 851.

4.) Application and Mechanistic Studies of a Water Oxidation Catalyst in Alcohol Oxidation by Employing Oxygen-Transfer Reagents  O. Verho, M. D. V. Dilenstam, M. D. Kärkäs, E. V. Johnston, J.-E. Bäckvall,* B. Åkermark.* Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 16947-16954.

3.) Highly Dispersed Palladium Nanoparticles on Mesocellular Foam: An Efficient and Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst for Alcohol Oxidation. E. V. Johnston, O. Verho, M. D. Kärkäs, M. Shakeri, C.-W. Tai, P. Palmgren, K. Eriksson, S. Oscarsson,* J.-E. Bäckvall.

Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 12202-12206. Highlighted in Synfacts 2012, 8, 1387.

2.) Tuning of the Electronic Properties of a Cyclopentadienylruthenium Catalyst to Match Racemization of Electron-Rich and Electron-Deficient Alcohols. O. Verho, E. V. Johnston, E. Karlsson, J.-E. Bäckvall.* Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 11216-11222.

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12.) Chemoenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Primary Amines Using a Recyclable Palladium Nanoparticle Catalyst Together with Lipases. K. P. J. Gustafson, R. Lihammar, O. Verho, K. Engström, J. -E. Bäckvall* J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 3747-3751.

Highlighted as a Featured Article by the Editorial Staff.

11.) Combined Heterogeneous Metal/Chiral Amine: Multiple Relay Catalysis for Versatile Eco-friendly Synthesis

L. Deiana, Y. Jiang, C. Palo-Nieto, S. Afawerki, C. Incerti-Pradillos, O. Verho, C. –W. Tai, E. V. Johnston,* A. Córdova*                          

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 3447-3451

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10.)​ Cycloisomerization of Acetylenic Acids to γ-Alkylidene Lactones using a Palladium(II) Catalyst Supported on Amino-Functionalized Siliceous Mesocellular Foam. A. Nagendiran, O. Verho, C. Haller, E. V. Johnston,* J. -E. Bäckvall.* J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 1399-1405.

9.) Artificial Photosynthesis: From Nanosecond Electron Transfer to Water Oxidation

M. D. Kärkäs, E. V. Johnston, O. Verho, B. Åkermark* Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 100-111. Cited over 100 times!

8.) Nanopalladium on Amino-Functionalized Mesocellular Foam as an Efficient and Recyclable Catalyst for the Selective Transfer Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes to Anilines O. Verho, A. Nagendiran, C. -W. Tai, E. V. Johnston, J. -E. Bäckvall*                         

ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 205-211.

7.) Co-immobilization of an Enzyme and a Metal into the Compartments of Mesoporous Silica for Cooperative Tandem Catalysis: An Artificial Metalloenzyme. K. Engström†, E. V. Johnston†, O. Verho†, K. P. J. Gustafsson, M. Shakeri, C. -W. Tai, J.-E. Bäckvall*   

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 14006-14010. †All authors contributed equally to the manuscript.

Highlighted as a Hot Paper by the Editorial Staff


15.) Enantioselective Heterogeneous Synergistic Catalysis for Asymmetric Cascade Transformations 

L. Deiana, L. Ghizu, S. Afawerki, O. Verho, E. V. Johnston, N. Hedin, Z. Bacsik, A. Córdova* Adv. Synth. Catal. 2014, 356, 2485-2492. Highlighted in Synfacts 2014, 10, 1178.

14.) Efficient Palladium-Catalyzed Aminocarbonylation of Aryl Iodides using Palladium Nanoparticles Dispersed on Siliceous Mesocellular Foam. F. G. Tinnis, O. Verho, K. P. J. Gustafson, C.-W. Tai, J. -E. Bäckvall,* H. Adolfsson.* Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 5885-5889.

13.) A General Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reaction of Heteroaromatics Catalyzed by Nanopalladium on Amino-Functionalized Siliceous Mesocellular Foam. E. Bratt, O. Verho, M. Johansson, J. –E. Bäckvall* J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 3946-3954.

Highlighted in Synfacts 2014, 10, 0887.

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6.) Nanopalladium on Amino-Functionalized Mesocellular Foam: An Efficient Catalyst for Suzuki Reactions and Transfer Hydrogenations O. Verho, A. Nagendiran, E. V. Johnston, C.-W. Tai, J.-E. Bäckvall.* ChemCatChem 2013, 5, 612-618.


22.) Chemoenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution: A Powerful Tool for the Preparation of Enantiomerically Pure Alcohols and Amines

O. Verho, J.-E. Bäckvall.* J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3996-4009. Cited over 150 times!


21.) Dispersed Gold Nanoparticles Supported in the Pores of Siliceous Mesocellular Foam. An Efficient Catalyst for Cycloisomerization of Alkynoic Acids to γ-Alkylidene Lactones. K. Eriksson†, O. Verho†, L. Nyholm, S. Oscarsson,* J.-E. Bäckvall* 

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 2250-2255. Highlighted in Synfacts 2015, 11, 0779. † All authors contributed equally to the manuscript.


20.) Well-Defined Palladium Nanoparticles Supported on Siliceous Mesocellular Foam as Efficient Heterogeneous Catalysts for Water Oxidation. O. Verho, T. Åkermark, E. V. Johnston, K. P. J. Gustafsson, C.-W. Tai, H. Svengren, M. D. Kärkäs,* J. –E. Bäckvall,* B. Åkermark.*Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 5909-5915.


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19.) Application of Palladium on Carbon as an Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for the Mild Deoxygenation of Aromatic Aldehydes and Ketones Using Polymethylhydrosiloxane as the Reducing Agent. A. Volkov, K. P. J. Gustafson, O. Verho,* J. –E. Bäckvall,* H. Adolfsson,* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 5122-5126. Highlighted in Synfacts 2015, 11, 0778.

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18.) Artificial Photosynthesis: Molecular Systems for Catalytic Water Oxidation

M. D. Kärkäs, O. Verho, E. V. Johnston, B. Åkermark* Chem. Rev. 2014, 14, 11863-12001. Cited over 700 times!

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17.) Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles Applied as a Support for Pd and Au Nanocatalysts in Cycloisomerization Reactions 

O. Verho, F. Gao,* E. V. Johnston, W. Wan, A. Nagendiran, H. Zheng, J. –E. Bäckvall,* X. Zou.* APL Mat. 2014, 2, 113316.

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16.) Mild and Selective Hydrogenation of Nitro Compounds Using Palladium Nanoparticles Supported on Amino-Functionalized Mesocellular Foam. O. Verho,* K. P. J. Gustafson, A. Nagendiran, C. –W. Tai, J. –E. Bäckvall.* ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 3153-3159.


38.) Synthesis of Elaborate Benzofuran-2-carboxamide Derivatives through a Combination of 8-Aminoquinoline Directed C–H Arylation and Transamidation Chemistry. M. Oschmann, L. Johansson Holm, M. Pourghasemi-Lati, O. Verho,* Molecules 2020, 25, 361.

Invited contribution to special issue "Recent Advances in C-H Functionalization".

37.) Efficient 1,3‐Oxazolidin‐2‐one Synthesis through Heterogeneous Pd(II)‐Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydroamination of Propargylic Carbamates. M. Oschmann, C. Placais, A.Nagendiran, J. -E. Bäckvall,* O. Verho,* Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 6295-6299.

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36.) Convenient access to chiral cyclobutanes with three contiguous stereocenters from verbenone enabled by directed C(sp3)–H arylation

A. J. Schmitz, A. Ricke, M. Oschmann, O. Verho,* Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 5154-5157


40.) A Study of an 8-Aminoquinoline-Directed C(sp2)–H Arylation Reaction on the Route to Chiral Cyclobutane Keto Acids from Myrtenal. M. Pourghasemi-Lati,* J. Ståhle, M. Oschmann O. Verho,* J. Org. Chem. 2021, 86, 8527.