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Dr Fabrice Pointillart

CNRS researcher in Coordination Chemistry

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes
UMR 6226 CNRS - Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu
Building 10B, Room 105
35042 Rennes Cedex. France

Phone : 33 (0) 2 23 23 67 52

Education and professional experience

  • Accreditation to supervise research (HDR) 2013 University of Rennes 1, Institute of Chemical Sciences of Rennes, Organometallic team: Materials and Catalysis, Multifunctional Inorganic Materials (MIM). Title “From tridimensional networks to Molecules with Multiple Properties”.
  • CNRS Research fellow 2007-present University of Rennes 1, Institute of Chemical Sciences of Rennes, Organometallic team: Materials and Catalysis, Multifunctional Inorganic Materials (MIM).
  • Post-doctoral stage 2005-2007 University of Florence, Inorganic Chemistry Department, Laboratory of Molecular Magnetism (LAMM) under the supervision of Prof. Dante Gatteschi and Prof. Roberta Sessoli. Title: “Synthesis and characterisation of magnetically anisotropic systems: The single Molecule magnets“.
  • Chemistry and Physics of the materials PhD 2005 University Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Materials UMR-CNRS 7071 under the supervision of Prof. Michel Verdaguer and Prof. Cyrille Train. Title: “Magnetism and Chirality: From the oxalate-based tridimensional networks to the verdazyl-based chains”.
  • Inorganic Chemistry Master “from molecules to materials” 2002 University Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Materials UMR-CNRS 7071 under the supervision of Prof. Cyrille Train. Title:” Influence of the insertion of a second transition series metal ion on the structural, magnetic and optical properties of three-dimensional oxalate-based magnets”.

Research interests

My research interests are focused on the design and understanding of multi-properties molecular materials mainly based on redox-active tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) ligands and lanthanide ions.

  • Topic 1: Sensitization of lanthanide luminescence by antenna effect using TTF ligand as push-pull organic chromophore.
  • Topic 2: Use of magnetic anisotropy of lanthanide ion for the design of Single-Molecule Magnets (SMM)/Single-Chain Magnets (SCM) including magneto-structural correlation with optical properties.
  • Topic 3: Elaboration of 3d coordination complexes for the observation of thermal and photo-induced spin transition and 3d4f heterobimetallic complexes for combination with SMM behavior.
  • Topic 4: Use of chiral ligands with high optical activity value for the design of chiral SMM.
  • Topic 5: Electro-crystallization of the multi-properties molecular materials for electronic conductivity studies and switching of the physical properties.
  • 71 international articles (H factor=26)
  • 3 Book chapters
  • 10 Invited conferences
  • 7 Invited seminars in international Laboratories
  • 15 Oral Communications
  • 28 Posters presentations
  • 3 Doctoral workshops
  • 4 Organizing committee of scientific conferences

Awards & Prices

  • Scientific Installation Price of Rennes Métropole (AIS) 2010
  • CNRS Excellence Scientific Award (PES) 2011-2014
  • CNRS Research and Doctoral Supervision Prize (PEDR) 2015-2018
  • Coordinator of ANR Project (SCOSIMLIGHT) (N° ANR-13-BS07-0022-01) 2013-2017
  • CNRS Bronze Medal 2014 (news in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1)
  • ERC Consolidator Grant 2016 (MULTIPROSMM) (N°725184) 2017-2021


  • Dr. Viacheslav Kuropatov (G. A. Razuvaev Organometallic chemistry Institute of Russian Sciences Academy, Russia): Chemistry of quinone based-Tetrathiafulvalene.
  • Prof. Hideki Fujiwara (University of Osaka, Japan): Coordination complexes involving functionalized-Tetrathiafulvalene ligands for photoconductivity.
  • Dr. Cynthia L. M. Pereira (federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil): Elaboration of lanthanide complexes with tetrathiafulvalene-benzoimidazole-pyridine ligands.
  • Prof. Roberta Sessoli and Dr. Matteo Mannini (University of Florence, Italy): Nano-organization of Single-molecule magnets on surface.
  • Dr. Federico Totti (University of Florence, Italy): Simulations of structural and magnetic properties of Single-Molecule Magnets on surface.
  • Prof. Silvio Decurtins (University of Bern, Switzerland): Coordination chemistry of phenantroline-fused-tetrathiafulvalene ligand for Single-Molecule Magnets and Spin Crossover behaviours.
  • Prof. Abdelkrim Gouasmia (University Larbi Tébessi of Tébessa, Tébessa, Algeria): Design of heterobimetallic complexes involving multi-chelating tetratiafulvalene ligands.
  • Dr. Geeta Hundal (University of Guru Nanak Dev, Amritsar, India): Magnetic investigations of lanthanide polymers.
  • Prof. V. Chandrasekhar and Mr. Arun Kumar Bar (School of Chemical Sciences, NISER Bhubaneswar, India): Magnetic investigations of lanthanide complexes.
  • Dr. Olivier Maury (Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France): Photo-physical investigations of lanthanide-based systems.
  • Dr. Laure Guy (Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, France): Binaphtol-based coordination complexes.
  • Dr. Boris Le Guennic (University of Rennes 1, France): DFT, TD-DFT, ab initio (CASSCF/CASPT2) calculations for photo-physical and magnetic investigations.
  • Dr. Kevin Bernot (Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (INSA), France): Investigations
  • Dr. Jeanne Crassous (University of Rennes 1, France): Chiral Helicene-like ligands for the elaboration of coordination complexes and circularly-polarized luminescence measurements.
  • Dr. Claudia Lalli (University of Rennes 1, France): Multi-binaphtol-based ligands for the design of coordination polymers.

Selected recent publications

  • Charge transfer excited states sensitization of lanthanide emitting from the visible to the near-infra-red
    A. D’Aléo, F. Pointillart, L. Ouahab, C. Andraud, O. Maury,
    Coord. Chem. Rev. (2012) 256, 1604-1620.
  • A Redox-Active Luminescent Ytterbium Based Single Molecule Magnet
    F. Pointillart, B. Le Guennic, S. Golhen, O. Cador, O. Maury, L. Ouahab,
    Chem. Commun. (2013) 49, 615-617.
  • Magnetic Poles determinations and Robustness of Memory Effect Upon Solubilization in a DyIII-based Single Ion Magnet
    T. T. da Cunha, J. Jung, M.-E. Boulon, G. Campo, F. Pointillart, C. L. M. Pereira, B. Le Guennic, O. Cador, Kevin Bernot, F. Pineider, S. Golhen, L. Ouahab,
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2013) 135, 16332-16335.
  • DyIII-Centred Isotopic Substitution Enhances magnetic slow relaxation in Single-Ion Magnets
    F. Pointillart, K. Bernot, B. Le Guennic, S. Golhen, O. Cador, L. Ouahab,
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2015) 54, 1504-1507 & (2015) 54, 1371 (front cover).
  • Lanthanide Ion and Tetrathiafulvalene-Based Ligand as a “Magic” Couple Toward Luminescence, Single Molecule Magnet and Magneto-Structural Correlations
    F. Pointillart, B. Le Guennic, O. Cador, O. Maury, L. Ouahab,
    Acc. Chem. Res. (2015) 48, 2834-2842.
  • Thermal and near-infrared light induced spin crossover in a mononuclear iron(II) complex with a tetrathiafulvalene-fused dipyridophenazine ligand
    F. Pointillart, X. Liu, M. Kepenekian, B. Le Guennic, S. Golhen, V. Dorcet, T. Roisnel, O. Cador, Z. You, J. Hauser, S. Decurtins, L. Ouahab, S.-X. Liu,
    Dalton Trans. (2016) 45, 11267-11271.
  • Improved Slow Magnetic Relaxation in Optically Pure Helicene-Based DyIII Single Molecule Magnet
    J.-K. Ou-Yang, N. Saleh, G. Fernandez Garcia, L. Norel, F. Pointillart, T. Guizouarn, O. Cador, F. Totti, L. Ouahab, J. Crassous, B. Le Guennic,
    Chem. Commun. (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C6CC08638A.

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