Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241

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ORCID: 0000-0002-3747-554X

Yves Canac obtained his PhD degree in 1996 under the supervision of Prof. Guy Bertrand in Toulouse (France). After a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Andrea Vasella at the ETH-Zürich (Switzerland), he entered the CNRS in 1998 at the University of Paris XI-Orsay (France). In 2001, he moved to the University of California-Riverside (UCR), taking part at the foundation of the joint Research Chemistry Laboratory UCR/CNRS. In 2006, he came back to Toulouse at the CNRS Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry. In 2014, he was appointed Director of Research at CNRS. His research activities are mainly focused on the design, the coordination chemistry and the catalytic properties of novel electron-rich carbon ligands (carbenes, ylides) and electron-poor cationic phosphorus ligands (carbeniophosphines).




Barthes, C., Duhayon, C., Canac, Y., & César, V. (2020). N-Cyclopropenio-imidazol-2-ylidene: An N-heterocyclic carbene bearing an N-cationic substituent. Chem. Commun., 56(22), 3305–3308.
Kireev, N. V., Filippov, O. A., Gulyaeva, E. S., Shubina, E. S., Vendier, L., Canac, Y., Sortais, J. - B., Lugan, N., & Valyaev, D. A. (2020). Bis[diphenylphosphino]methane and its bridge-substituted analogues as chemically non-innocent ligands for H2 activation. Chem. Commun., 56(14), 2139–2142.
Taakili, R., & Canac, Y. (2020). NHC core pincer ligands exhibiting two anionic coordinating extremities. Molecules, 25(9), 2231/1–19.
Taakili, R., Barthes, C., Goëffon, A., Lepetit, C., Duhayon, C., Valyaev, D. A., & Canac, Y. (2020). NHC core phosphonium ylide-based palladium(II) pincer complexes: The second ylide extremity makes the difference. Inorg. Chem., 59, 7082–7096.


Buhaibeh, R., Filippov, O. A., Bruneau-Voisine, A., Willot, J., Duhayon, C., Valyaev, D. A., Lugan, N., Canac, Y., & Sortais, J. - B. (2019). Phosphine-NHC manganese hydrogenation catalyst exhibiting a non-classical metal-ligand cooperative H2 activation mode. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 58(20), 6727–6731.
Cloutier, J. - P., Rechignat, L., Canac, Y., Ess, D. H., & Zargarian, D. (2019). C–O and C–N functionalization of cationic, NCN-type pincer complexes of trivalent nickel: Mechanism, selectivity, and kinetic isotope effect. Inorg. Chem., 58(6), 3861–3874.
Taakili, R., Duhayon, C., Lugan, N., & Canac, Y. (2019). Reactivity vs. stability of cyclopropenium substituted phosphonium salts. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., (36), 3982–3989.
Taakili, R., Lepetit, C., Duhayon, C., Valyaev, D. A., Lugan, N., & Canac, Y. (2019). Palladium(ii) pincer complexes of a C,C,C-NHC, diphosphonium bis(ylide) ligand. Dalton Trans., 48, 1709–1721.
Wei, D., Buhaibeh, R., Canac, Y., & Sortais, J. - B. (2019). Rhenium-catalyzed reduction of carboxylic acids with hydrosilanes. Org. Lett., 21(19), 7713–7716.


Azouzi, K., Duhayon, C., Benaissa, I., Lugan, N., Canac, Y., Bastin, S., & Cesar, V. (2018). Bidentate iminophosphorane-NHC ligand derived from the imidazo[1,5-a]pyridin-3-ylidene scaffold. Organometallics, 37(24), 4726–4735.