Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241


Jean-Baptiste SORTAIS


Jean-Baptiste Sortais was born in 1979 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He was educated at the “École Normale Supérieure de Lyon” (France). He received his MSc in organic chemistry from the “Université Louis Pasteur”, Strasbourg, where he completed his PhD in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. M. Pfeffer, working on the synthesis of chiral cycloruthenated complexes and their catalytic applications. After a first postdoctoral stay with Pr. J. E. Bäckvall at Stockholm University, he then joined the group of Pr. G. Erker at the University of Münster. In 2009, he was appointed as an associate professor at the Université de Rennes 1, Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, in the group Organometallics : Materials and Catalysis in Rennes. In 2017, he was promoted full professor at the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3, performing his research at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC-CNRS). In 2019, he received the Young Researcher Award from the Catalysis Division of the French Chemical Society in 2019.
His research is mainly focused on the design and development of new complexes based on earth abundant metals for catalysis.

Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France

Member of the network Catalysis in Toulouse C@T

ORCID : 0000-0003-1178-8588

ResearcherID : B-3801-2014



Azouzi, K., Valyaev, D. A., Bastin, S., & Sortais, J. - B. (2021). Manganese—New prominent actor in transfer hydrogenation catalysis. Curr. Opin. Green Sustain. Chem., 31, 100511/1–7.
Buhaibeh, R., Duhayon, C., Valyaev, D. A., Sortais, J. - B., & Canac, Y. (2021). Cationic PCP and PCN NHC core pincer-type Mn(I) complexes: From synthesis to catalysis. Organometallics, 40(2), 231–241.
Grineva, A. A., Filippov, O. A., Canac, Y., Sortais, J. - B., Nefedov, S. E., Lugan, N., Cesar, V., & Valyaev, D. A. (2021). Experimental and theoretical insights into the electronic properties of anionic n-heterocyclic dicarbenes through the rational synthesis of their transition metal complexes. Inorg. Chem., 60(6), 4015–4025.
Wei, D., Buhaibeh, R., Canac, Y., & Sortais, J. - B. (2021). Hydrosilylation reactions catalyzed by rhenium. Molecules, 26(9), 2598/1–15.


Azouzi, K., Bruneau-Voisine, A., Vendier, L., Sortais, J. - B., & Bastin, S. (2020). Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones promoted by manganese(I) pre-catalysts supported by bidentate aminophosphines. Catal. Commun., 142, 106040.
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.
Wei, D., Buhaibeh, R., Canac, Y., & Sortais, J. - B. (2020). Manganese and rhenium-catalyzed selective reduction of esters to aldehydes with hydrosilanes. Chem. Commun., 56(78), 11617–11620.


Bruneau-Voisine, A., Pallova, L., Bastin, S., Cesar, V., & Sortais, J. - B. (2019). Manganese catalyzed α-methylation of ketones with methanol as a C1 source. Chem. Commun., 55(3), 314–317.
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.
Wei, D., Bruneau-Voisine, A., Dubois, M., Bastin, S., & Sortais, J. - B. (2019). Manganese-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of aldimines. ChemCatChem, 11(21), 5256–5259.