Prof. Karol Grela

Associate Editor

Faculty of Chemistry
University of Warsaw


Institute of Organic Chemistry
Polish Academy of Science



Scientific career

Since 2008 Full Professor
Since 2008 Director of the Organometallic Synthesis Laboratory at the Biological and Chemical Research Centre of the Faculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Poland
2003 Habilitation at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
1999 – 2000 Postdoc with Alois Fürstner at the Max Planck Institute, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
1994 – 1999 PhD at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
1994 Master Thesis at the Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Poland
1990 Chemical Technician at the Technikum Chemiczne w Warszawie, Poland


Research areas

The research of Prof. Grela’s group is focused on the synthesis of organometallic complexes having in mind their immediate applications as catalysts for an organic synthesis. The group is trying to develop efficient and low-waste catalytic methods for selective synthesis of natural and pharmaceutically relevant compounds, transformation of biomass, sustainable production of fine chemicals, etc. Their goal is to develop innovative strategies and industry-friendly protocols that allow to produce various target molecules utilising the smallest possible amount of catalyst in a clean and environment friendly way.


Thematic issues

Prof. Grela edited the thematic issues in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry:

Progress in metathesis chemistry III (together with Dr. Anna Kajetanowicz)

Progress in metathesis chemistry II

Progress in metathesis chemistry


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