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Prof. Jean-François Carpentier


Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes
UMR 6226 CNRS - Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu - Building 10C - Room 922
35042 Rennes Cedex - France

Phone : 33 (0) 2 23 23 59 50
Email: jean-franç

ORCID: 0000-0002-9160-7662
Researcher ID: O-4763-2016


  • 1986, Technician degree in Chemistry (BTS), Armentières, Head of national list
  • 1989, Chemical engineer degree, National Graduate School of Engineering Chemistry of Lille (ENSCL website), Head of the list
  • 1992, Ph.D. in organic and macromolecular chemistry, University of Lille. The highest distinction. “Synthesis of Esters through Alkoxycarbonylation of Organic Halides using Alkyl Formates and Palladium-based Catalysts”
  • 1996, D.Sc. in chemistry (Habilitation), University of Lille. “P(O) and P(N) Chiral Chelates: Some Uses in Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis and Approach of the Induction Process through Molecular Modeling”

Professional experience

  • 1989-92, Elf-Atochem Co., Research assistant, University of Lille
  • 1992-93, CEA (French National Agency for Nuclear Energy), Research assistant, Tours
  • 1993-96, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Research assistant, University of Lille
  • 1997-98, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; Research associate with Pr. R. F. Jordan (website)
  • 1997-00, CNRS, Senior research assistant, Laboratoire de catalyse, University of Lille
  • 2001-ec, Full Professor, Institute of chemistry (website), University of Rennes (2001: 2nd class; 2007: 1st class; 2011: except. class)


Lectures and tutorials for undergraduate BSc and MSc students, including Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry and catalysis, Inorganic chemistry, Thermodynamics, Catalysis for Fine Chemicals, Industrial Organic Chemistry.

Main Administrative, Collective and Teaching Activities

  • 1999-01, Member of the French National University Council (CNU, 31rd section website), Inorganic chemistry
  • 2004-08, Elected member of the recruiting committee for molecular chemistry (32nd section), University of Rennes
  • 2005-08, Dean of the Chemistry department (in charge of Education), University of Rennes
  • 2009-12, External council member of the Graduate doctoral school Matter, Molecules and Materials (3MPL), Loire region
  • 2006-ec, Deputy director (2006-10) and Director (2010-ec) of the Graduate doctoral school for “Sciences of Matter” (Physics, Chemistry and Geology), University of Rennes (ca. 360 PhD students) (website Doctoral school)
  • 2011-15, Director of the Organometallics: Materials and Catalysis department (56 permanent staff; website OMC team).
  • 2013-ec, Vice-president of the Université Européenne de Bretagne in charge of Doctoral studies (website UEB)
  • 09/2015-04/2016, Vice-president of the Université Européenne de Bretagne in charge of Research (website UEB; website UBL)
  • 04/2016, Vice-president of the Université de Rennes 1 in charge of Research

Research Activities

  • Organometallic chemistry of oxophilic elements (groups 2–6, 12–14)
  • Design of single-site (stereoselective) olefin and cyclic ester polymerization catalysts: metallocenes, post-metallocenes, Ziegler-Natta
  • Homogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals synthesis: hydrogenation, hydroelementation, carbonylations….
  • Green chemistry and biorenewables, biodegradable polymer materials
  • 282 publications in peer-reviewed journals; ISI WoK (10/2016): H = 50, 33 citations/article, > 7900 independent citations
  • 59 original patent families (incl. 16 international + 28 European, and more than 70 extensions); 9 Book chapters
  • 51 invited conferences in international meetings (incl. 3 Plenary lectures) + 53 invited conferences and seminars (incl. 23 abroad)
  • 25 PhD students (co)supervised and 4 PhD theses in co-tutelle; mentoring of 15 post-doc associates

Main Honors, Awards

  • 1992, Pasteur medal of the Engineering graduate school “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille”
  • 1997, Bronze medal of CNRS (website)
  • 2001, ATIP fellowship from CNRS (website)
  • 2003, Rennes Métropole researcher award (website)
  • 2005, Junior member of Institut Universitaire de France (website)
  • 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry - Dalton Transactions Lectureship
  • 2013, Chevalier in Ordre des Palmes Académiques (website)
  • 2014, Silver Medal of CNRS (website)
  • 2014, Germaine et André Lequeux award (website) from the French Academy of Sciences/Institut de France
  • 2015, Elected member of the Société Philomathique de Paris (website)

Consulting Research and Editorial Activities

  • 2003-ec, Expert for the 6th and 7th framework research programs of the European Community
  • 2002-07, French representative of the management committee of COST action D29 “Sustainable/Green chemistry and chemical technology”
  • 2008-12, Member of the National Council of Scientific Research (CoNRS, Transition metal chemistry and catalysis division, website)
  • Consultant for Arkema (2006-08) and Total (2006-) Cies.
  • Member of the editorial board of European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2011-); editorial advisory boards of Catalysis Communications (2008-11), Current Inorganic Chemistry (2009-ec), Polymers (2009-ec); Organometallics (2010-13), Chemistry – An European Journal (2014-ec).
  • 2012-ec, Editor of Catalysis Communications (website)
  • Regular scientific expert for research and evaluation agencies; national: AERES, ANR (president of the chemistry board: 2013-15), ANRT, AFIRST…) and international: (ACS Petrol. fund, Australian Res.Coun., CONICYT, Czech Sci. Found., NCRD, NSERC, Volkswagen Stg…)

Selected recent publications

  • From Syndiotactic Homopolymers to Chemically Tunable Alternating Copolymers: Highly Active Yttrium Complexes for Stereoselective ROP of β-Malolactonates
    C. G. Jaffredo, Y. Chapurina, S. M. Guillaume, J.-F. Carpentier
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2014) 53, 2687-2691. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201310523
  • Beyond Stereoselectivity, Switchable Catalysis: Some of the Last Frontier Challenges in Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters ?
    S. M. Guillaume, E. Kirillov, Y. Sarazin, J.-F. Carpentier
    Chem. Eur. J. (2015) 21, 7988-8003. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201500613
  • Heterobi- and Trimetallic Ion-Pairs of Zirconocene Isoselective Olefin-Polymerization Catalysts with AlMe3: First Crystal Structures, Solution Dynamics and C–H Activation Processes
    G. Theurkauff, A. Bondon, V. Dorcet, J.-F. Carpentier,* E. Kirillov*
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2015) 54, 6343–6346. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201501967
  • Barium-Mediated Cross-Dehydrocoupling of Hydrosilanes with Amines – A Complementary Approach by Theory and Experiment
    C. Bellini, J.-F. Carpentier*, S. Tobisch,* Y. Sarazin*
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2015) 54, 7679-7683. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201502956
  • Tailored Cyclic and Linear Polycarbosilazanes via Barium-catalysed N–H/H–Si Dehydrocoupling Reactions
    C. Bellini, C. Orione, Jean-François Carpentier,* Y. Sarazin
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2016) 55, 3744–3748. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511342 (VIP paper).
  • Tandem C(sp2)–OMe Activation / C(sp2)–C(sp2) Coupling in Early Transition Metal Complexes: Aromatic C-O Activation beyond Late Transition Metals
    V. Radkov, T. Roisnel, A. Trifonov, J.-F. Carpentier,* E. Kirillov,* _ J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2016) 138, 4350–4353. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b01877
  • Calcium, Strontium and Barium Homogeneous Catalysts for Fine Chemicals Synthesis
    Y. Sarazin,* J.-F. Carpentier*
    Chem. Rec. (2016) 16, 2482–2505. DOI: 10.1002/tcr.201600067
  • Sequential Barium-catalysed N–H/H–Si Dehydrogenative Cross-couplings: Cyclodisilazanes vs Linear Oligosila-zanes
    C. Bellini, T. Roisnel, J.-F. Carpentier,* S. Tobisch,* Y.Sarazin*
    Chem. Eur. J. (2016) 22, 15733-15743. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201603191.

Publications referenced in HAL