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Prof. Olivier Cador

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes
UMR 6226 CNRS - Université Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu - Building 10B - Room 104
35042 Rennes Cedex - France

Phone : 33 (0) 2 23 23 57 12

Education and professional experience

  • December 2014: Habilitation (University of Rennes 1)
  • September 2003: Assistant professor (University of Rennes 1)
  • November 2001 – August 2003: postdoctoral fellow (University of Florence, Italy)
  • November 1999 – October 2001: postdoctoral fellow (RIKEN, Japan)
  • October 1998: PhD diploma (University Bordeaux I) “Bimetallic Molecular Compounds: Ground And Excited States, And Magnetic Ordering” Supervisors: Prof. Olivier Kahn and Prof. Corine Mathonière (ICMCB)

Research interests

The research activities of Olivier Cador started in 1994 in Bordeaux (France), supervised by the late Professor Olivier Kahn. From its beginnings he contributes to the development of molecular magnetism under different aspects. He mainly focused on the studies of the magnetic properties of systems with various dimensionalities, from nanoparticles to isolated molecules (zero dimensional systems) which show quantum behaviours, and finally to magnets (three dimensional systems) with atypical behaviours.

Since he has been recruited by University de Rennes 1 in 2003 its researches are oriented toward multifunctional molecular-based materials. His aim is to develop the synergy between electronic properties, such as magnetism and electrical conductivity, in new molecular edifices based on organic/inorganic networks. Magnetism arises from inorganic molecular bricks, which can be mono- or -polynuclear while electronic conductivity comes from the stacking of organic donors. He recently oriented part of its activities on Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs); more particularly those based on lanthanides. Its findings are materialized by numerous publications in international journals (125 articles) and he has been invited to expose his activities in several scientific meetings (35 communications).


Master: EPR, Physics of molecular materials and nanomagnetism.
Licence: Magnetism, theoretical chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, general chemistry and preparation to engineer school.


  • Prof. Sergey Kolotilov (L.V.Pisarzhevskii Institute of Physical Chemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, KIEV, Ukraine): Functional coordination compounds and nanocomposites for 3D printing technologies
  • Dr. Maria G. F. Vaz (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil): Magnetism of lanthanide-based molecular materials
  • Prof. Geeta Hundal (Department of Chemistry, Amritsar, India): Magnetic investigations of lanthanide complexes

Selected recent publications

  • 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, K. Bernot, F. Pineider, S. Golhen, L. Ouahab
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2013) 135, 16332.
  • Rational Design of a Lanthanide-Based Complex Featuring Different Single-Molecule Magnets
    F. Pointillart, T. Guizouarn, B. Lefeuvre,S. Golhen, O. Cador, L. Ouahab
    Chem. Eur. J. (2015) 21, 16929.
  • 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.
  • Magnetic Memory in an Isotopically Enriched and Magnetically Isolated Mononuclear Dysprosium Complex
    F. Pointillart, K. Bernot, S. Golhen, B. Le Guennic, T. Guizouarn, L. Ouahab, O. Cador
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2015) 54, 1504 + front cover.

Publications referenced in HAL