Kilian Colas

Postdoctoral Fellow

City/country of origin
Rouen, France
Board-games, tennis, reading, music, travelling and just walking around
Places You Like
Any lake in Sweden during summer
What are your strong points?
I’m very optimistic, easy-going and a good listener
Music: what is some intense music for intense lab work?
Either a Nightwish playlist, or an endless loop of “Megalovania”
What was surprising about the suga lab
The amount and diversity of projects going on!
Original motivation towards science?
a mixture of curiosity and luck, probably
A few words for future lab mates
Science is…….
a way to look at the world, realize there’s a lot we don’t know, and try to figure things out

Education & professional career

Postdoc, Organic Chemistry, Uppsala University, Sweden
PhD, Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University, Sweden
Master’s thesis at Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Drug Discovery Chemistry Department, Basel, Switzerland
MSc & Engineer’s degree, Chemical Engineering & Process, National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) of Rouen, France


"Direct Addition of Grignard Reagents to Aliphatic Carboxylic Acids Enabled by Bulky turbo-Organomagnesium Anilides."
K. Colas; A.C. V. D. dos Santos; S.V. Kohlhepp; A. Mendoza
Chemistry – A European Journal, 28, e202104053 (2022)
"Indolylbenzothiadiazoles as highly tunable fluorophores for imaging lipid droplet accumulation in astrocytes and glioblastoma cells."
K. Colas; K.O. Holmberg; L. Chiang; S. Doloczki; F.J. Swartling; C. Dyrager
RSC Advances, 11, 23960-23967 (2021)
"Prevalent Bioimaging Scaffolds: Synthesis, Photophysical Properties and Applications."
K. Colas; S. Doloczki; M. Posada Urrutia; C. Dyrager
European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2021, 2133-2144 (2021)
"Photophysical Characteristics of Polarity-Sensitive and Lipid Droplet-Specific Phenylbenzothiadiazoles."
K. Colas; S. Doloczki; A. Kesidou; L. Sainero-Alcolado; A. Rodriguez-Garcia; M. Arsenian-Henriksson; C. Dyrager
ChemPhotoChem, 5, 632-643 (2021)
"i-Pr2NMgCl·LiCl Enables the Synthesis of Ketones by Direct Addition of Grignard Reagents to Carboxylate Anions."
K. Colas; A.C.V.D. dos Santos; A. Mendoza
Organic Letters, 21, 7908-7913 (2019)
"Iterative Synthesis of Pluripotent Thioethers through Controlled Redox Fluctuation of Sulfur."
K. Colas; A. Mendoza
Synlett, 29, 1329-1333 (2018)
"Intermolecular Pummerer Coupling with Carbon Nucleophiles in Non-Electrophilic Media."
K. Colas; R. Martín-Montero; A. Mendoza
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56, 16042-16046 (2017)
"Structure–Activity Relationship, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics Properties Optimization, and in Vivo Studies of New Brain Penetrant Triple T-Type Calcium Channel Blockers."
R. Siegrist; D. Pozzi; G. Jacob; C. Torrisi; K. Colas; B. Braibant; J. Mawet; T. Pfeifer; R. de Kanter; C. Roch; M. Kessler; O. Corminboeuf; O. Bezençon
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 59, 10661-10675 (2016)
"Chemical Innovation through Ligand Total Synthesis."
A. Mendoza; K. Colas; S. Suárez-Pantiga; D.C.G. Götz; M.J. Johansson
Synlett, 27, 1753-1759 (2016)
"Scalable Synthesis of Piperazines Enabled by Visible-Light Irradiation and Aluminum Organometallics."
S. Suárez-Pantiga; K. Colas; M.J. Johansson; A. Mendoza
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54, 14094-14098 (2015)

Contact info

    • E-mail… colas"at"g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (change "at" to @)