Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241




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).




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., 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.


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.
Barthes, C., Bijani, C., Lugan, N., & Canac, Y. (2018). A palladium(II) complex of a C4 chelating bis(NHC) diphosphonium bis(ylide) igand. Organometallics, 37(5), 673–678.
Canac, Y. (2018). Carbeniophosphines versus phosphoniocarbenes: The role of the positive charge. Chem. – Asian J., 13(15), 1872–1887.
Lepetit, C., Vabre, B., Canac, Y., Alikhani, M. E., & Zargarian, D. (2018). Pentacoordinated, square pyramidal cationic PCP Ni(II) pincer complexes: ELF and QTAIM topological analyses of nickel–triflate interactions. Theor. Chem. Acc., 137(11), 141.


Benaissa, I., Taakili, R., Lugan, N., & Canac, Y. (2017). A convenient access to N-phosphonio-substituted NHC metal complexes [M = Ag(i), Rh(i), Pd(ii)]. Dalton Trans., 46(36), 12293–12305.
Canac, Y., & Lepetit, C. (2017). Classification of the electronic properties of chelating ligands in cis-[LL′Rh(CO)2] complexes. Inorg. Chem., 56(1), 667–675.


Chaquin, P., Canac, Y., Lepetit, C., Zargarian, D., & Chauvin, R. (2016). Estimating local bonding/antibonding character of canonical molecular orbitals from their energy derivatives. The case of coordinating lone pair orbitals. International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 116, 1285–1295.