Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241




Antoine Simonneau was born in 1985 in the suburb of Paris and grew up there. He studied chemistry at the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris/Chimie ParisTech (engineering degree, 2008) and at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (master degree, with honors, 2008). He carried out his master thesis under the guidance of Dr. F. Le Bideau in the group of Prof. G. Jaouen, studying rhenium carbonyl complexes with chirality centered on the metal. During his Ph.D., supervised by Profs. M. Malacria and L. Fensterbank (Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 2008–2011), he was involved in projects aiming at the synthesis of complex organic molecules by catalytic cyclization methods, but also in organometallic synthesis in order to elucidate mechanisms, in collaboration with theoretical and mass spectrometry chemists. His Ph.D. work has been awarded a Springer thesis prize in 2014. After graduating, he worked for a short period as postdoc in the same laboratory on atroposelective [2+2+2] cycloadditions catalyzed by cationic rhodium/chiral phosphates ion pairs. He then moved to Berlin, Germany, for a postdoctoral stay in the team of Prof. M. Oestreich (Technische Universität Berlin, 2012–2015, as a Humboldt fellow over 2014 and 2015). There, he developed catalytic transfer hydrosilylation methodologies. In 2015, he was appointed as junior CNRS researcher in the team of Prof. M. Etienne (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination du CNRS, Toulouse), where he is currently investigating new methods for dinitrogen functionalization. In 2017, he was the recipient of the prestigious and competitive ERC Starting Grant with his project OrFuNCo aiming at the conversion of N2 into value-added organonitrogen molecules.



Simonneau, A., & Etienne, M. (2018). Enhanced activation of coordinated diinitrogen with p-block Lewis acids. Chem. – Eur. J., 24(48), 12458–12463.


Simonneau, A., Le Bideau, F., Mirebeau, J. - H., J., M., & Jaouen, G. (2017). Review on bioorganometallic chemistry and new outcomes in the synthesis and substitution of tetracarbonyl(pyrrolylimine) complexes of rhenium with organophosphorus ligands. Curr. Top. Med. Chem., 17(25), 2807–2819.
Simonneau, A., Turrel, R., Vendier, L., & Etienne, M. (2017). Group 6 transition-metal/boron frustrated Lewis pair templates activate N2 and allow its facile borylation and silylation. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 56(40), 12268–12272.