Troels Skrydstrup, Aarhus University, Denmark, talks about his work in organic synthesis and why Denmark is a great place to do research.
Troels Skrydstrup studied chemistry at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and at the Technical University of Denmark, where he received his Ph.D. in 1988 under the supervision of Anders Kjær. He then performed post-doctoral research at the Institute de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, with Guy Ourisson and David Grierson and at the Carlsberg Laboratories, Copenhagen, Denmark, with Klaus Bock. In 1992, Skrydstrup joined both the Université d’Orléans, France, and the Université Paris XI, France, as Chargé de Recherche (CR1). In 1997, he became Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Aarhus University and was promoted Full Professor of Organic Chemistry in 2002.
In 2001, Skrydstrup obtained the Danish Doctor of Science degree, which is regarded as a higher doctorate and normally taken by researchers who have already obtained a Ph.D. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences in 2008 and became a Member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences in 2010 and of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences in 2015. Among other honors, Skrydstrup has received the Holm’s Research Prize in 2001, the Melvin Calvin Award for outstanding scientific contributions in the field of isotope science in 2018, and the Science Award from the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, also in 2018. He was knighted by the Danish Queen in 2012.