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Dr Cédric Fischmeister

Researcher ID R-4160-2016

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes
UMR 6226 CNRS - Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu - Building 10C - Room 021
35042 Rennes Cedex - France

Phone : 33 (0) 2 23 23 59 98

Education and professional experience

Cédric Fischmeister received his PhD degree in 1998 from the University of Montpellier II working on the synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic materials under the supervision of Profs. Robert Corriu and Geneviève Cerveau. He then joined the group of Prof. Régis Réau in Rennes as an “ATER” to work on phosphole-containing conjugated molecules for light emitting materials. After spending 16 months as a post-doc research associate in the group of Prof. Andrew Holmes in the Melville Laboratory for polymer synthesis in Cambridge working on the synthesis of PPVs for LEDs, he was appointed in 2001 as a CNRS research engineer in the group of Dr. Christian Bruneau and Prof. Pierre Dixneuf, and obtained his “Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches” in 2008.

Research interests

Topic 1 Catalytic transformation of renewables

We are interested in the valorization of renewable resource using homogeneous catalysis.

  • Valorization of Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

The synthesis of bio-sourced polymer precursors by olefin metathesis has been extensively studied in close collaboration with Arkema.

Cross-metathesis of ricin-oil derived ester with functionalized olefins

We are also interested in the synthesis of bio-sourced fine chemicals obtained from “fine renewables such as terpenes.

Fine chemicals from terpenes (fine renewables)

  • Valorization of levulinic acid

We are interested in the valorization of platform chemicals arising from carbohydrates. In particular, we have been investigating with success the reduction of levulinic acid into γ–valerolactone and the reductive amination of levulinic acid into various pyrrolidones including original sterically hindered pyrrolidones.

Valorization of levulinic acid

Topic 2 Clean processes/Green Chemistry

  • Catalysis is one of the pillars of Green Chemistry. However, we must pay attention to the experimental conditions and work-up procedures that can easily reduce or annihilate the “green” benefits of catalysis. Solvents receive little attention in catalysis despite availability of numerous environmentally friendly alternative solvents. In 2008, we have shown that non-hazardous and non-toxic dimethyl carbonate was a very good solvent for olefin metathesis. Since then, we have used such solvent in a variety of transformations including C-H bond functionalization, allylic substitution and organometallic synthesis.
  • Sequential catalytic transformations are an efficient tool to produce complex molecules in a “single step” hence contributing to waste and energy consumption decrease. We are interested in catalytic sequence (one-pot, tandem, domino) involving an initial olefin metathesis step.
  • The direct synthesis of GVL from carbohydrates in a one-pot fashion has been accomplished.
  • Separation of reaction products and catalysts or metallic residues is a very necessary process in particular when medical, health-care or other type of fine chemicals are targeted. We are interested in processes able to efficiently separate organic products and catalysts with a minimal environmental impact in terms of waste production and energy consumption. We are particularly interested in the separation of post-metathesis reaction media by Organic Solvent Nanofiltration process.

Organic Solvent Nanofiltration: Collaboration with Pr. M. Rabiller-Baudry, Dr. T. Renouard (Université Rennes 1)

Topic 3 Organometallic synthesis of new catalysts

We are concerned by the synthesis of new and original organometallic catalysts for olefin metathesis or other type of reactions. In 2010 and 2012 we have reported a series of new bidentate olefin metathesis catalysts with latent character. More recentlry, original complexes bearing chelating NHC-sulfonate ligands have been synthesized.

Latent Ru-cat with chelating indenylidene for olefin metathesis Ru-cat with NHC-sulfonate chelate for hydrogen auto-transfer process

More recently, we have developped a series of new ruthenium and iridium complexes bearing dipyridylamine ligands for the catalytic transformation of levulinic acid.

Zwitterionic iridium dipyridylamine catalysts


Green Chemistry: International Master in Catalysis, Molecules and Green Chemistry (CatGreenChem)


  • Prof. M. Rabiller-Baudry, Dr. T. Renouard (University of Rennes 1)
  • Prof. M. Beller, Dr. K. Junge, Likat, Rostock, Germany
  • Prof. E. dos Santos, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Prof. D. Mandelli, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo Andre, Brazil
  • Dr. A. Igau, LCC, Toulouse, France

Current students

  • Dr. Thalita Galhardo Soares (Post-doc, CAPES-COFECUB, UF do ABC, Santo André, Brazil)
  • Wang Shengdong (PhD, China Scholarship Council)
  • Luciana Sarmento Fernances (PhD, CAPES-COFECUB, UF do ABC, Santo André, Brazil)
  • Julien Hervochon (PhD, Region Bretagne-Likat Rostock. Cotutelle M. Beller, K. Junge)
  • Gabriel Matos Vieira (PhD, CAPES-COFECUB, UF Minas Geiras Belo-Horizonte, Brazil)

Former Students and Post-docs


  • Dr. Hélène Bonin
  • Dr. Frédéric Hild
  • Dr. Anzhelika Kabro
  • Dr. Adel Keraani
  • Dr. Rim Makhoul
  • Dr. Raluca Malacea
  • Dr. Paul Vignon
  • Dr. Feng Yu


  • Meriem Abderrezak (assistant professor, Algeria)
  • Percia Arockiam (post-doc, Regensburg, Germany)
  • Johan Bidange
  • Hallouma Bilel (assistant professor, Tunisia)
  • Antoine Dupé (TU Graz, Austria)
  • Kamal El Mkaddem
  • Virginie Le Ravalec (ADEME, Angers, France)
  • Saurabh Shahane (Stepan, Chicago, USA)
  • Cyril Thurier (ATOS Wordline, Blois, France)
  • Miao Xiaowei

Selected recent publications

  • Transformations of terpenes and terpenoids via carbon–carbon double bond metathesis
    C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister, D. Mandelli, W. A. Carvalho, E. N. dos Santos, P. H. Dixneuf, L. S. Fernandes
    Catal. Sci. Technol. (2018) 8, 3989-3404
  • Efficient Iridium Catalysts for Base-Free Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid
    S. Wang, H. Huang, V. Dorcet, T. Roisnel, C. Bruneau, and C. Fischmeister
    Organometallics (2017) 36, 3152-3162
  • Selective and Efficient Iridium Catalyst for the Reductive Amination of Levulinic Acid into Pyrrolidones
    S. Wang, S. Huang, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    ChemSusChem (2017) 10, 4150-4154
  • Ruthenium and Iridium Dipyridylamine Catalysts for the Efficient Synthesis of γ-Valerolactone by Transfer Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid
    S. Wang, V. Dorcet, T. Roisnel, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    Organometallics (2017) 36, 708-713
  • Enyne Cross-Metathesis for the Preparation of 2,3-Diaryl-1,3-dienes
    M. K. Abderrezak, Z. Kabouche, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    Catalysts (2017) 7, 365
  • Ruthenium(II) and Iridium(III) complexes featuring NHC-Sulfonate chelate
    A. Rajaraman, A. R. Sahoo, F. Hild, C. Fischmeister, M. Achard, C. Bruneau
    Dalton Trans. (2015) 44, 17467-17472.
  • Cross-metathesis of unsaturated epoxides for the synthesis of polyfunctional building blocks
    M. K. Abderrezak, K. Šichová, N. Dominguez-Boblett, A. Dupé, Z. Kabouche, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    Beilstein J. Org. Chem. (2015) 11, 1876-1880.
  • Terminal Conjugated Dienes via a Ruthenium-Catalyzed Cross Metathesis/Elimination sequence: Application to Renewable Resources
    H. Bilel, N. Hamdi, F. Zagrouba, C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau
    Catal. Sci. Technol. (2014) 4, 2064-2071
  • Interest of the Precatalyst Design for Olefin Metathesis Operating in a Discontinuous Nanofiltration Membrane Reactor
    G. Nasser, T. Renouard, S. Shahane, C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau, M. Rabiller -Baudry
    ChemPlusChem (2013) 78, 728-736
  • Ruthenium(II)-catalyzed selective monoarylation in water and sequential functionalisations of C–H bonds
    P. B. Arockiam, C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf
    Green Chem. (2013) 15, 67-71

Publications referenced in HAL since 2006