Māris Turks

Dean of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry

Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia



Professor Maris Turks is an organic chemist who studies modern synthetic procedures using sulfur dioxide as a reagent and solvent. His recent activity was focused upon:

  • sulfonyl group dance as a tool for the synthesis of 6-Azido-2-sulfonylpurine derivatives,
  • generation of 1-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane and 5-azatricyclo[,7]octane systems by carbenium ion rearrangements during production of the antihistamine drug Quifenadine,
  • synthesis of cytotoxic urs-12-ene- and 28-nor-urs-12-ene- type conjugates with amino- and mercapto-1,3,4-oxadiazoles and mercapto-1,2,4-triazoles

 and many more.