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Dr Christian Bruneau

CNRS Researcher Engineer

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes
UMR 6226 CNRS - Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu - Building 10C - Room 055
35042 Rennes Cedex - France

Phone : 33 (0) 2 23 23 62 83
Email: christian.bruneau@univ-rennes1.fr

Education and positions

  • Habilitation, University of Rennes 1 (1991)
  • CNRS research Engineer at the University of Rennes 1(from 1986)
  • CNRS research Engineer at the National School of Chemistry, Rennes (1980-1986)
  • PhD in Organic and Environmental Chemistry, National School of Chemistry, Rennes, France (1979)
  • Engineer in chemistry, Institut National Supérieur de Chimie Industrielle de Rouen, France (1974)

Research interests

The main topics deal with green catalysis by transition metal complexes.

  • Ruthenium and iridium-catalyzed C-C bond formation from inert sp3C-H bond involving hydrogen transfer
  • Ruthenium-catalyzed inert sp2C-H activation/functionalization
  • Catalytic transformations of renewable bio-resources
  • Olefin and ene-yne metathesis
  • Allylic substitution with ruthenium catalysts
  • Enantioselective hydrogenation of C=C bonds
  • Activation of unsaturated molecules (acetylenes, olefins) by ruthenium catalysts for the formation of
  • C-O, C-C and C=C bonds with atom economy

Awards

  • 2008: French Chemical Society Award: Coordination Chemistry section
  • 2012: Paul Langevin Prize, French Academy of Sciences
  • 2016: Joseph Achille Le Bel Prize, Grand prix of the French Chemical Society

Recent collaborations

  • Prof. Zhenfeng Xi (Pekin University, China): New cyclopentadienyl ligands and ruthenium-catalyzed allylic substitution
  • Dr. Sergey Osipov (INEOS, Moscow, Russia): Transformations of fluorinated amino-acid derivatives and novel fluorinated NHC-ruthenium complexes for olefin metathesis
  • Prof. Ismail Özdemir (University of Malatya, Turkey) : Catalysis with metal N heterocyclic carbene complexes
  • Dr. Gangavaram V. M. Sharma (CSIR-IICT Hyderabad, India): Catalytic transformations of  amino acid derivatives and access to natural products via C-H bond functionalization
  • Prof. Walter Leitner (RWTH Aachen, Germany): Transformations of fatty esters via olefin metathesis and new olefin metathesis catalysts
  • Prof. Naceur Hamdi (Tunis, Tunisie): Olefin metathesis adding value to terpenes and other natural products

Edited books

  • 2014 “Ruthenium in catalysis” C. Bruneau and P. H. Dixneuf Eds, Springer, Heidelberg, Top. Organomet. Chem., vol. 48; 401 pages. ISBN: 978-3-319-08481-7
  • 2008 “Metal Vinylidenes and Allenylidenes in Catalysis: from Reactivity to Applications in Synthesis” C. Bruneau and P. H. Dixneuf Eds, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 338 pages. ISBN: 978-3-527-31892-6
  • 2004 “Ruthenium catalysts and fine chemistry” C. Bruneau and P. H. Dixneuf Eds, Springer, Heidelberg, Top. Organomet. Chem., vol. 11; 346 pages. ISBN 3-540-20543-8

Review articles

  • Ethenolysis: a green catalytic tool to cleave carbon-carbon double bonds
    J. Bidange, C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau
    Chem. Eur. J. (2016) 22, 12226-12244.
  • Alkene metathesis catalysis: a key for transformations of unsaturated plant oils and renewable derivatives
    P. H. Dixneuf, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    Oil & Gas Sci. Technol. (2016) 71, 19 (21 pages)
  • (Z)-selectivity. Recent advances in one of the current major challenges of olefin metathesis
    S. Shahane, C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister
    ChemCatChem (2013) 5, 3436-3459.
  • Ruthenium(II)-catalyzed C-H activation and functionalization
    P. B. Arockiam, C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf
    Chem. Rev. (2012) 112, 5879−5918.
  • Transition metal catalyzed nucleophilic allylic substitution: activation of allylic alcohols via π-allyl species
    B. Sundararaju, M. Achard, C. Bruneau
    Chem. Soc. Rev. (2012) 41, 4467-4483
  • Allylic ruthenium(IV) complexes in catalysis
    C. Bruneau, M. Achard
    Coord. Chem. Rev. (2012) 256, 525-536
  • A green route to nitrogen-containing groups: the acrylonitrile cross-metathesis and applications to plant oils derivatives
    X. Miao, P. H. Dixneuf, C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau
    Green Chem. (2011) 13, 2258-2271
  • Ene-yne cross-metathesis with ruthenium carbene catalysts
    C. Fischmeister, C. Bruneau
    Beilstein J. Org. Chem. (2011) 7, 156-166
  • Cross-metathesis with acrylonitrile and applications to fatty acid derivatives
    C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister, X. Miao, R. Malacea, P. H. Dixneuf
    Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. (2010) 112, 3-9
  • (Arene)ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis
    C. Bruneau, C. Fischmeister, P. H. Dixneuf
    Chem. Today (2009) 27, 17-19
  • Synthesis of β-aminoacid derivatives via enantioselective hydrogenation of β substituted-β-(acylamino) acrylates
    T. Jerphagnon, J.-L. Renaud, C. Bruneau
    Coord. Chem. Rev. (2008) 252, 532–544
  • Activation and functionalization of benzylic derivatives by palladium catalysts
    B. Liégault, J.-L. Renaud, C. Bruneau
    Chem. Soc. Rev. (2008) 37, 292-299
  • Metal vinylidenes and allenylidenes in catalysis. Applications in anti Markovnikov additions to terminal alkynes and alkene metathesis
    C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2006) 45, 2176-2203
  • Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl ruthenium catalysts for regio- and enantioselective allylation of nucleophiles
    C. Bruneau, J.-L. Renaud, B. Demerseman
    Chem. Eur. J. (2006) 12, 5178-5187
  • η-Allylruthenium Complexes and Ruthenium-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Substitution of Allylic Substrates
    J.-L. Renaud, C. Bruneau, B. Demerseman, M. D. Mbaye
    Curr. Org. Chem. (2006) 10, 115-133
  • Electrophilic activation and cycloisomerization of enynes : a new route to functional cyclopropanes
    C. Bruneau
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2005) 44, 2328-2334
  • Chiral monodentate phosphorus ligands for rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation
    T. Jerphagnon, J.-L. Renaud, C. Bruneau
    Tetrahedron : Asymmetry (2004) 15, 2101 2111
  • Metal Vinylidenes in Catalysis
    C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf _ Acc. Chem. Res. (1999) 32, 311-323
  • Selective palladium-catalyzed transformations of cyclic alk-2-ynyl carbonates
    C. Bruneau, C. Darcel, P. H. Dixneuf
    Curr. Org. Chem. (1997) 1, 197-218
  • Selective transformations of alkynes with ruthenium complexes
    C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf
    J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. (1997), 507-512.
  • Ruthenium-Catalysed Additions to Alkynes: Synthesis of Activated Esters and Their Use in Acylation Reactions
    C. Bruneau, M. Neveux, Z. Kabouche, C. Ruppin, P.H. Dixneuf
    Synlett (1991) 755 763.

Book chapters

  • 29. Synthesis of bioactive coumarin derivatives, phthalocycanines and terminal conjugated dienes via a ruthenium catalysed cross metathesis: application to renewable resources
    H. BILEL, R. MEDYOUNI, A. S. AL-AYED, N. HAMDI, C. FISCHMEISTER, C. BRUNEAU
    in Materials Science Forum, Advanced Functional Materials: Properties and Applications, vol. I, Inamuddin, A. Al-Ahmed eds., 2016, vol. 842, pp. 1-45.
  • 28. Ruthenium(II)-catalyzed functionalization of C-H bonds with alkenes: alkenylation versus alkylation
    C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “C-H Activation and catalytic functionalization”, P. H. Dixneuf, H. Doucet Eds., Top. Organomet. Chem., Springer, 2015, 55 (1), 137-188.
  • 27. RTILs in catalytic olefin metathesis reactions
    C. BRUNEAU, C. FISCHMEISTER
    in “Ionic Liquids (ILs) in Organometallic Catalysis”, J. Dupont, L. Kollar Eds., Top. Organomet. Chem., Springer, 2015, 51, 287-306.
  • 26. Ruthenium Indenylidene Catalysts for Alkene Metathesis
    P. H. DIXNEUF, C. BRUNEAU
    in “Handbook of Metathesis, Volume 1: Catalyst Development and Mechanism”, R. H. Grubbs, A. G. Wenzel Eds., Wiley VCH, Weinheim, 2nd edition, 2015, pp 389-416.
  • 25. sp3 C-H bond functionalization with ruthenium catalysts
    C. BRUNEAU
    in “Ruthenium in catalysis”, C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf Eds. “Top. Organomet. Chem.”, Springer, 2014, 48, 195-236.
  • 24. Synthesis and Applications in Catalysis of Metal Complexes with Chelating Phosphinesulfonate Ligands
    F. JIANG, M. ACHARD, C. BRUNEAU
    in Adv. Organomet. Chem., P. J. Perez Ed., Burlington: Academic Press, 2014, Vol. 62, pp. 159-218.
  • 23. Olefin metathesis in green organic solvents and without solvent
    C. BRUNEAU, C. FISCHMEISTER
    in “Olefin metathesis: theory and practice”, K. Grela Ed., J. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2014, pp 523-535.
  • 22. Metathesis adding a C-1 unit
    C. BRUNEAU, C. FISCHMEISTER
    in Science of Synthesis C-1 “Building blocks in organic synthesis 2, 2013/8”, P. W. N. M. van Leeuwen Ed., Georg Thieme Verlag KG, Stuttgart, 2014, pp. 349-365.
  • 21. Group 8 Metals-Catalyzed O–H Bond Addition to Unsaturated Molecules
    C. BRUNEAU
    in “Hydrofunctionalization”, V. P. Ananikov, M. Tanaka, Eds., Top. Organomet. Chem., Springer, 2013, 43, 203-230.
  • 20. Anti-Markovnikov additions of O-, N-, P-nucleophiles to triple bonds with ruthenium catalysts
    C. BRUNEAU
    in “Metal Vinylidenes and Allenylidenes in Catalysis. From Reactivity to Applications in Catalysis”, Wiley-VCH, C. Bruneau, P. H. Dixneuf Eds., 2008, pp. 313-332.
  • 19. Mono-phosphinites, -aminophosphinites, - phosphonites, -phosphoramidites, and -phosphites
    C. BRUNEAU, J.-L. RENAUD
    in “Trivalent Phosphorus Components in Asymmetric Catalysis - Synthesis and Applications”, Wiley-VCH, A. Börner Ed., 2008, pp. 36-69.
  • 18. Monophosphines with chiral backbone
    C. BRUNEAU, J.-L. RENAUD
    in “Trivalent Phosphorus Components in Asymmetric Catalysis - Synthesis and Applications”, Wiley-VCH, A. Börner Ed., 2008, pp. 5-35.
  • 17. Catalytic cycloisomerization of enynes involving various activation processes C. BRUNEAU
    in “Metathesis Chemistry : From Nanostructure Design to Synthesis of Advanced Materials", Y. Imamoglu, V. Dragutan Eds., Springer, 2007, pp. 375-394.
  • 16. Cascade and sequential catalytic transformations initiated by ruthenium catalysts
    C. BRUNEAU , S. DÉRIEN, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “Metal-catalyzed Cascade Reactions”, Ed. T. J. J. Müller, Top. Organomet. Chem., Springer, 2006, Vol. 19, pp. 295-326.
  • 15. Anti-Markovnikov addition to terminal alkynes via ruthenium vinylidene intermediates
    C. BRUNEAU
    in Handbook of C H Bond Transformations, G. Dyker Ed., Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 72-80.
  • 14. Allenes and Cumulenes
    C. BRUNEAU, J.-L. RENAUD
    in “Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations II”, A. R. Katritzky, R. J. K. Taylor, J. Cossy Eds, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 1019-1081.
  • 13. Nucleophilic additions to alkynes and reactions via vinylidene intermediates
    C. FISCHMEISTER, C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in Ruthenium in Organic Synthesis, S.-I. Murahashi Ed., Wiley, 2004, pp. 189-217.
  • 12. Ruthenium vinylidenes and allenylidenes in catalysis
    C. BRUNEAU
    in “Ruthenium catalysts and fine chemistry”, Topics in Organometallic Chemistry, C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF, Eds., Springer, 2004, vol. 11, pp. 125-153.
  • 11. Ring closing versus cyclic isomerization of 1,6-dienes by ruthenium allenylidene complexes
    B. CETINKAYA, I. ÖZDEMIR, E. CETINKAYA, C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “Novel metathesis chemistry: well-defined initiator systems for specialty chemical synthesis, tailored polymers and advanced material applications”, Y. Imamoglu, L. Bencze Eds., Kluwer Acad.Pub., 2003, pp. 285-293.
  • 10. Ruthenium carbenes as catalysts for alkene metathesis
    C. FISCHMEISTER, R. CASTARLENAS, C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “Novel metathesis chemistry : well-defined initiator systems for specialty chemical synthesis, tailored polymers and advanced material applications”, Y. Imamoglu, L. Bencze Eds., Kluwer Acad.Pub., 2003, pp. 23-42.
  • 9. Hydrogenation of enol carbonates and 4 methylene-N-acyloxazolidinones using [Ru(II)((R)-Binap)] complexes.
    P. H. DIXNEUF, C. BRUNEAU, P. LE GENDRE
    in “Catalysts for Fine Chemical Synthesis”, vol. 1, “Hydrolysis, Oxidation and Reduction”, S. M. Roberts, G. Poignant Eds, J. Wiley Ltd., 2002, pp. 186-189.
  • 8. Ruthenium Catalysts as Innovative Architects for Molecule Building from Alkynes
    P. H. DIXNEUF, C. BRUNEAU
    in Transition Metal Catalysed Reactions, S.-I. Murahashi, S. G. Davies, Blackwell Sci. Ed., 1999, pp. 391-404.
  • 7. Carbon-rich organoruthenium and selective catalytic transformations of alkynes"
    P. H. DIXNEUF, C. BRUNEAU
    in Organic Synthesis via Organometallics OSM5, G. Helmchen Ed., Vieweg Verlag, 1997, pp. 1-20.
  • 6. Allenes and Cumulenes
    C. BRUNEAU, P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “Comprehensive Organic Functional Group Transformations”, A. R. Katritzky, O. Meth-Cohn, C. W. Rees Editeurs, Pergamon, Cambridge, 1995, vol. 1, pp. 953-995.
  • 5. Catalytic Additions of CO2 Adducts to Alkynes: Selective Synthesis of Carbamates, Ureas and Carbonates
    C. BRUNEAU and P. H. DIXNEUF
    in “Carbon dioxide fixation and reduction in biological and model systems”, Proceedings of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Nobel Symposium 1991, C.-I. Brändén and G. Schneider (Edts), Oxford Univ. Press, 1994, pp. 131-143.
  • 4. Catalytic Incorporation of Carbon Dioxide for the Synthesis of Organic Compounds
    P.H. DIXNEUF, C. BRUNEAU and J. FOURNIER
    in “Enzymatic and Model Carboxylation and Reduction Reactions for Carbon Dioxide Utilization”, M. Aresta and J.V. Schloss (Edts), NATO ASI Series, Kluwer Academic Pub., 1990, pp. 65-77.
  • 3. Production of Oil by Hydropyrolysis of Wood; Influence of Heating Rate, Temperature and Catalyst
    N. SOYER, F. HYVRARD, C. BRUNEAU, A. BRAULT, C. ESNOUF
    in “Biomass for Energy and Industry”, 4th E.C. Conference, G. Grassi, B. Delmon, J.F. Molle and H. Zibetta (Edts), Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1987, pp. 372-376.
  • 2. Study of the Direct Liquefaction of Wood in the Presence of Iron Additives
    C. BESTUE-LABAZUY, N. SOYER, C. BRUNEAU, A. BRAULT
    in “Energy from Biomass”, 3rd E.C. Conference, W. Palz, J. Coombs and D.O. Hall (Eds), Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1985, pp. 924-928.
  • 1. Chemical Study of the Thermal and Catalytic Liquefaction of Poplar Wood
    C. FREDON, N. SOYER, C. BRUNEAU, A. BRAULT
    in “Energy from Biomass”, 2nd E.C. Conference, A. Strub, P. Chartier and G. Schlesser (Eds), Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1983, pp. 930-934.

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