The “Small Molecules Activation” team brings together 3 researchers and 1 assistant-professor around themes mainly centered on the coordination and organometallic chemistry of a wide range of transition metals.
We apply it to the activation and valorization of small molecules (H2, CO2, N2, CH4, N2O, etc.), sometimes in combination with main-group chemistry: boron, silicon or fluorine also take their place in the portfolio of elements whose reactivity we study.
The team is committed to pushing its discoveries towards technologies related to health, materials, energy and fine chemicals.
C–F Bond Activation
Hydrogen : catalysis for storage and fine chemicals
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Local: Laboratoire Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée (LHFA, Université de Toulouse Paul Sabatier), Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-Objets (LPCNO, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse)
National: Université de Grenoble
International: University of York (Royaume-Uni), Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar, São Carlos, Brésil), Technische Universität Darmstadt (Allemagne), Instituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche Giulio Natta (CNR-SCITEC, Milano, Italie)
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- Dr. Anaïs Coffinet
Anaïs obtained her Ph.D. in 2020 under the supervision of Dr. A. Simonneau. She worked on the functionalization of dinitrogen with boranes. She is currently a post-doctoral associate at the COBRA laboratory (Rouen, France).
- Dr. David Specklin
David worked in the team from 2018 to 2021 as a post-doctoral researcher in collaboration with Dr. A. Simonneau. His research topics have mainly focused on the synthesis and reactivity of heterobimetallic dinitrogen complexes.
- Dr. Amal Bouammali
Amal obtained her Ph.D. in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. A. Simonneau. She worked on the functionalization of dinitrogen with organometallic reagents.