Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241




Lionel Salmon was born in Mazamet (France) in 1973. He received his Ph.D. thesis in coordination chemistry in the field of spin-crossover compounds and under the supervision of Jean Pierre Tuchagues and Azzedine Bousseksou from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse in 1999. Then, he obtained a teacher and research assistant position in the same group for one year. He held a postdoctoral position in 2000 at the Max Planck Institute of Mülheim (Germany) in the team of Karl Wieghardt and worked on the modelisation and nitrosylation of non-heme ferrous centers of metalloproteins. In 2001, he received a permanent position at the CNRS in the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination des Elements f (Service de Chimie Moléculaire, CEA Saclay) in the group of Michel Ephritikhine to develop the syntheses and magnetic behavior of novel heteropolynuclear 3d/5f compounds. In 2006, he joined the Molecular Physics Properties group of Azzedine Bousseksou in the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination of Toulouse ; his current research focuses on the elaboration of bistable molecular materials and studies on the interaction between bistable molecules and surfaces. Since 2015, he is Research Director at the CNRS.



Miranda-Olvera, M., Arcos-Ramos, R., Maldonado-Domínguez, M., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., Bousseksou, A., & del Pilar Carreón-Castro, M. (2022). Design and synthesis of benzothiadiazole-based molecular systems: self-assembly, optical and electronic properties. New J. Chem., 46(11), 4992–5001.
Piedrahita-Bello, M., Zan, Y., Enriquez-Cabrera, A., Molnár, G., Tondu, B., Salmon, L., & Bousseksou, A. (2022). Effect of the spin crossover filler concentration on the performance of composite bilayer actuators. Chem. Phys. Lett., 793, 139438/1–5.
Ridier, K., Nicolazzi, W., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2022). Sequential activation of molecular and macroscopic spin-state switching within the hysteretic region following pulsed light excitation. Adv. Mater., 34(6), 2105468/1–9.
Tondu, B., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2022). Robust linear control of a bending molecular artificial muscle based on spin crossover molecules. Sens. Actuators, A, 335, 113359/1–9.
Zhao, Q., Kang, N., Martinez Moro, M., Guisasola Cal, E., Moya, S., Coy, E., Salmon, L., Liu, X., & Astruc, D. (2022). Sharp volcano-type synergy and visible light acceleration in H2 release upon B2(OH)4 hydrolysis catalyzed by Au-Rh@click-dendrimer nanozymes. ACS Appl. Energy Mater., 5(3), 3834–3844.


An, X., Fang, W., Wang, Z., Liu, K., Ding, L., Peng, J., Liu, T., Peng, H., Salmon, L., & Fang, Y. (2021). Supramolecular gel strategy-based nanomaterials with room temperature spin transition. Colloids Surf., A, 612, 126016/1–6.
Angulo-Cervera, J. E., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Brachňaková, B., Enríquez-Cabrera, A., Nicu, L., Leichle, T., Mathieu, F., Routaboul, L., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2021). Photoactuation of micromechanical devices by photochromic molecules. Mater. Adv., 2(15), 5057–5061.
Angulo-Cervera, J. E., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Mathieu, F., Leichle, T., Nicu, L., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2021). Investigation of the effect of spin crossover on the static and dynamic properties of MEMS microcantilevers coated with nanocomposite films of [Fe(Htrz)2(trz)](BF4)@P(VDF-TrFE). Magnetochemistry, 7(8), 114/1–9.
Brachňaková, B., Moncoľ, J., Pavlik, J., Šalitroš, I., Bonhommeau, S., Valverde-Muñoz, F. J., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., Routaboul, L., & Bousseksou, A. (2021). Spin crossover metal–organic frameworks with inserted photoactive guests: on the quest to control the spin state by photoisomerization. Dalton Trans., 50(25), 8877–8888.
Cordani, M., Resines-Urien, E., Gamonal, A., Milán-Rois, P., Salmon, L., Bousseksou, A., Costa, J. S., & Somoza, Á. (2021). Water soluble iron-based coordination trimers as synergistic adjuvants for pancreatic cancer. Antioxidants, 10(1), 66/1–14.