• Dr Arthur Bodenmüller
    Dr Arthur Bodenmüller CEO

Arthur Bodenmüller is co-founder of SynphaBase AG, a custom research company focussing on the synthesis of complex organic compounds. The company was founded in November 2000 as a spin-off at the University of Applied Science in Muttenz/Basel. Arthur has served the company as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since then. In 2013, he became president and owner of SynphaBase.

Arthur received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Konstanz in 1993 (under Prof Dr RR Schmidt) and subsequently joined the group of Prof P Sinaÿ at the École Normale Supérieur in Paris. The topic of his academic work was in the field of carbohydrate chemistry. In 1994 he started his industrial career as a laboratory chemist at Neosystem in Strasbourg, today an affiliate of PolyPeptide, and focused on the synthesis of unnatural acids and small peptides. He joined Senn Chemicals in Dielsdorf (CH) in 1997 where he was responsible for research and development before moving to the marketing and sales department. Since 2010, Arthur has been a member of the Fachbeirat at the FHNW/Muttenz.

  • Dr Malika Makhlouf
    Dr Malika Makhlouf Project Leader

Malika Makhlouf studied Physics and Chemistry in Paris and obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from the University Pierre & Marie Curie (UPMC-Paris VI), under the guidance of Prof Max Malacria, Prof Louis Fensterbank and Dr Emmanuel Lacôte. Her PhD research focused on the discovery of new chemical transformations in the interface of radical and organometallic chemistry. In 2011, she moved to Basel and joined Prof Karl Gademann’s group as a postdoctoral fellow. There she investigated the synthesis of natural-product derivatives and evaluated their biological activities . She is co-author of 12 scientific papers.

  • Dr Elias Kaufmann
    Dr Elias Kaufmann Project Leader

Elias was trained as a laboratory technician through an apprenticeship at Novartis and went on to study chemistry at the University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the University of Basel. He then graduated as a PhD in organic chemistry in the field of total synthesis at the University of Basel and Zürich under the guidance of Prof Karl Gademann.

  • Dr Robert Kastl
    Dr Robert Kastl Project Leader

Robert began his education in chemistry as a laboratory technician at Syngenta in Basel. He later obtained his diploma in chemistry in 2006 from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and then worked for two years as a scientific associate in medicinal chemistry at Novartis in Basel. In 2010, he received his MSc in chemistry from the University of Basel and in 2015 completed his PhD in organic chemistry at ETH Zürich, under the supervision of Prof Helma Wennemers.

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