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.



Enriquez-Cabrera, A., Rapakousiou, A., Piedrahita Bello, M., Molnár, G., Salmon, L., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). Spin crossover polymer composites, polymers and related soft materials. Coord. Chem. Rev., 419, 213396/1–23.
Piedrahita-Bello, M., Martin, B., Salmon, L., Molnar, G., Demont, P., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). Mechano-electric coupling in P(VDF-TrFE)/spin crossover composites. J. Mater. Chem. C, 8(18), 6042–6051.
Ridier, K., Bas, A. - C., Zhang, Y., Routaboul, L., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., Bergaud, C., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). Unprecedented switching endurance affords for high-resolution surface temperature mapping using a spin-crossover film. Nat. Commun., 11(1), 3611/1–9.
Ridier, K., Zhang, Y., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Quintero, C. M., Salmon, L., Molnar, G., Bergaud, C., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). Heat capacity and thermal damping properties of spin-crossover molecules: A new look at an old topic. Adv. Mater., 2020, 2000987/1–5.
Salmon, L., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Angulo Cervera, J. E., Courson, R., Molnar, G., Malaquin, L., Thibault, C., Tondu, B., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). 4D printing with spin-crossover polymer composites. J. Mater. Chem. C, 8(18), 6001–6005.
Soroceanu, I., Lupu, S. - L., Rusu, I., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Salmon, L., Molnar, G., Demont, P., Bousseksou, A., & Rotaru, A. (2020). Ligand substitution effects on the charge transport properties of the spin crossover complex [Fe(Htrz)1+y-x (trz)2-y (NH2trz) x ](BF4)y·nH2O. J. Phys. Condens. Matter., 32(26), 264002.
Usmani, S., Mikolasek, M., Gillet, A., Sanchez Costa, J., Rigoulet, M., Chaudret, B., Bousseksou, A., Lassalle-Kaiser, B., Demont, P., Molnar, G., Salmon, L., Carrey, J., & Tricard, S. (2020). Spin crossover in Fe(triazole)-Pt nanoparticle self-assembly structured at the sub-5 nm scale. Nanoscale, 12(15), 8180–8187.
Zhang, Y., Ridier, K., Shalabaeva, V., Séguy, I., Pelloquin, S., Camon, H., Calvez, S., Routaboul, L., Salmon, L., Molnár, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). A molecular spin-crossover film allows for wavelength tuning of the resonance of a Fabry–Perot cavity. J. Mater. Chem. C, 8(24), 8007–8011.
Zhang, Y., Seguy, I., Ridier, K., Shalabaeva, V., Piedrahita-Bello, M., Rotaru, A., Salmon, L., Molnar, G., & Bousseksou, A. (2020). Resistance switching in large-area vertical junctions of the molecular spin crossover complex [Fe(HB(tz)3)2]: ON/OFF ratios and device stability. J. Phys. Condens. Matter., 32(21), 214010.


Bas, A. - C., Shalabaeva, V., Thompson, X., Vendier, L., Salmon, L., Thibault, C., Molnar, G., Routaboul, L., & Bousseksou, A. (2019). Effects of solvent vapor annealing on the crystallinity and spin crossover properties of thin films of [Fe(HB(tz)3)2]. C. R. Chimie, 22, 525–533.