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Organometallic Catalysis and Fine Chemistry group

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In the field of homogeneous organometallic catalysis, the team “Organometallic Catalysis for Fine Chemistry” has a long and well-established recognition for the design and the development of efficient new metal catalysts and their application in selective catalytic reactions.

Catalysts and catalytic transformations are clearly part of the development of clean processes and green chemistry, one of the nowadays greatest challenges. Functionalization of inert bonds and discovery of innovative eco-compatible transformations of renewable raw materials arising from biomass are our major contributions to Green and Sustainable Chemistry. We target highly economic reactions performed in environmentally friendly conditions employing greener solvents and processes and non-toxic low-cost transition metals.

Our main achievements and future developments

  • The design of novel organometallic catalysts
  • The design of new ligands promoting innovative actions of metal complex catalysts
  • The catalyzed sp2-C-H and sp3-C-H bond activation and functionalization using palladium, ruthenium, iridium, and earth abundant transition metals such as iron.
  • Supramolecular approaches in transition metal catalysis
  • Olefin metathesis for the transformation of renewable materials
  • Ruthenium-catalyzed transformations of alkynes
  • Novel reduction reactions, including achiral and asymmetric hydrogenation, and hydroelementation (hydrosilylation, hydroborylation, etc.) reactions
  • C-C, C-O and C-N bond formation promoted by hydrogen transfers
  • Biomass valorization: Fatty Acid Methyl Esters, oxygenated platform chemicals arising from carbohydrates, selective fragmentation of lignin, carbon dioxide

Our main scientific cooperations

-* LIA ChemSusCat (Rennes-Rostock)

-* FR CNRS 3707 « Increase »


C. Bruneau, M. Achard, C. Darcel, S. Dérien, P. Dixneuf, H. Doucet, C. Fischmeister, R. Gramage-Doria, J.-B. Sortais, J.-F. Soulé