Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241


Christian LORBER


Christian Lorber did his undergraduated studies at Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg (France) (1985-1989). In 1989 he joined the group of the Late Professor John A. Osborn at the Chemistry Department of Louis Pasteur University (Strasbourg, France) where he studied the Homogeneous Catalysis with Oxo Complexes of Transition Metals (Oxidation, Isomerization). He obtained his Ph.D. diploma in 1995 and spent one year and a half as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Inorganic Chemistry Department of Lund University (Sweden) with Dr. Ebbe Nordlander, followed by one year and a half in the group of Professor Richard H. Holm at the Chemistry Department of Harvard University (Cambridge, USA) where he participated to the synthesis and studies of New Models of Mo- and W-Oxotransferase Enzymes. In 1998 he obtained a CNRS position and moved in France to the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination in Toulouse (France). His interests include the inorganic and organometallic chemistry of high oxidation state early metal complexes (especially those that contain an amido, imido, diamido, alkyl, alkoxy group, and related cationic species, as well as N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHC)), catalytic reactions and mechanisms of reactions involving these complexes, especially in olefin oligomerization and polymerization reactions, the controlled synthesis of polymers prepared using well-defined organometallic initiators, and alkynes hydroamination. He is also involved in : (i) the synthesis of vanadium complexes with TCNE or TCNQ ligands as models of molecule-based magnets, (ii) the synthesis of nanoparticles and their use in different kind of catalytic transformations or as precursors for materials, (iii) the design of new vanadium complexes for their anti-cancer activity.

• Organometallic chemistry of group 4 and 5 metal complexes
• Homogeneous catalysis
• Olefin polymerization and oligomerization
• Alkyne hydroamination
• Molecule-based magnets based on vanadium and TCNE or TCNQ
• Nanoparticles and catalysis/materials
• Vanadium anti-cancer drugs

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Leone, G., Zanchin, G., Di Girolamo, R., De Stefano, F., Lorber, C., De Rosa, C., Ricci, G., & Bertini, F. (2020). Semibatch terpolymerization of ethylene, propylene, and 5-ethylidene-2-norbornene: Heterogeneous high-ethylene EPDM thermoplastic elastomers. Macromolecules, 53(14), 5881–5894.


Zanchin, G., Bertini, F., Vendier, L., Ricci, G., Lorber, C., & Leone, G. (2019). Copolymerization of ethylene with propylene and higher α-olefins catalyzed by (imido)vanadium(iv) dichloride complexes. Polym. Chem., 10(45), 6200–6216.


Zanchin, G., Vendier, L., Pierro, I., Bertini, F., Ricci, G., Lorber, C., & Leone, G. (2018). Homo- and co-polymerization of ethylene with cyclic olefins catalyzed by phosphine adducts of (imido)vanadium(IV) complexes. Organometallics, 37(18), 3181–3195.


Nahari, G., Reytman, L., Vendier, L., Tshuva, E. Y., & Lorber, C. (2017). Cytotoxic vanadium complexes of branched ONNO – type diamine bis(phenolato) ligands. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., (12), 1807–1811.


Lorber, C. (2016). Titanium and vanadium imido-bridged complexes. Coordination Chemistry Reviews, 308, Part 2, 76–96.
Phuphuak, Y., Bonnet, F., Vendier, L., Lorber, C., & Zinck, P. (2016). Isoprene polymerization mediated by vanadium-[ONNO] complexes. Dalton Transactions, 45, 12069–12077.


Jouanin, I., Chevolleau, S., Canlet, C., Lorber, C., Pierre, F., Gueraud, F., & Debrauwer, L. (2015). Facile oxime ether synthesis: Free carbonyl compound derivatization by a brominated o-benzylhydroxylamine. Synthetic Communications, 45, 1585–1591.
Lorber, C. (2015). Vanadium Organometallics. In J. Reedijk (Ed.), (pp. 1–78). Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Waltham (MA): Elsevier.


Khalimon, A. Y., Peterson, E., Lorber, C., Kuzmina, L. G., Howard, J. A. K., van der Est, A., & Nikonov, G. I. (2013). Imido-supported borohydrides of titanium, vanadium and molybdenum. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 2205–2211.
Lorber, C., & Vendier, L. (2013). Novel aspects of the transamination reaction between Ti(NMe2)4 and primary amines. Dalton Transactions, 42, 12203–12219.