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[LCIMC] Chimie inorganique moléculaire et catalyse

Head of the research group

Dominique MATT
Directeur de Recherche émérite au CNRS

Les candidatures pour séjour ou stage (Doctorat/master/licence) devront être adressées soit au Dr David Sémeril (dsemeril@unistra.fr), soit au Dr. Eric Brenner (eric.brenner@unistra.fr).

Year of creation of the group - 1990

Secretarial and accounting services provided by

Elisabeth VACCARO
email : vaccaro@unistra.fr
Phone : +33 (0)3 68 85 16 84

Permanent members

  • Claude BAUDER
    Maître de Conférences à l'Unistra
    Phone: +33 (0)3 68 85 16 17
  • David SEMERIL
    Chargé de Recherche au CNRS
    email: dsemeril@unistra.fr
    Phone : +33 (0)3 68 85 15 50

Non-permanent members

PhD students

  • Nallusamy NATARAJAN
  • Hamzé MALLAH


  • Fethi ELAIEB

Description of the research group

We are interested in all aspects of coordination, organometallic and metallo-supramolecular chemistry with a particular emphasis upon the synthesis of cavity-shaped ligands and their use in organometallic catalysis and green chemistry. Much of our work relies on macrocyclic molecules, such as calixarenes, resorcinarenes, and cyclodextrins. The latter may be used as receptors or serve as platforms for the construction of multifunctional podands.

         Beside ligand design the laboratory also focuses on homogeneous catalysis, this including topics such as hydroformylation, hydroaminovinylation, oligomerisation, polymerisation, cross coupling, asymmetric catalysis, etc.


Research topics

  • Molecular containers and receptors
  • Metallocavitands for intra-cavity catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of bulky N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs)
  • Funnel complexes
  • Functionalisation of cyclodextrins, resorcarenes, calixarenes
  • Design of introverted ligands
  • Large chelators and strained ligands in homogeneous catalysis
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydroformylation and polymerisation of olefins
  • C,C- bond forming reactions (Suzuki-Miyaura, Heck, ...)
  • Asymmetric Catalysis with transition metals
  • Selective extractants and sensors based on macrocyclic compounds


Most recent Publications of the Matt Group

F. Elaieb, D. Sémeril, C. Bauder, D. Matt, C. Bailly, L. Karmazin
Synthesis and structure of two crowded trans-[PdCl2L2] complexes based on a chiral, calix[4]arene-fused phosphole
139 (2018) 172-177

N. Natarajan, T. Chavagnan, D. Sémeril, E. Brenner, D. Matt, R. Ramesh, L. Toupet
Cavitand chemistry: nickel half-sandwich complexes with imidazolylidene ligands bearing one or two resorcinarenyl substituents
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
(2018) in press 10.1002/ejic.201701143

T. Chavagnan, D. Sémeril, D. Matt, L. Toupet
Cavitand chemistry: towards metallo-capsular catalysts
Eur. J. Org. Chem.
(2017) 313-323

F. Elaieb, D. Sémeril, D. Matt, M. Pfeffer, P.-A. Bouit, M. Hissler, C. Gourlaouen, J. Harrowfield
Calix[4]arene-fused phospholes
Dalton Trans.
(2017) 9833-9845

N. Natarajan, E. Brenner, D. Sémeril,D. Matt, J. Harrowfield
The use of resorcinarene-cavitands in metal-based catalysis (Microreview)
Eur. J. Org. Chem.
41 (2017) 6100–6113

M. Teci, D. Hueber, P. Pale, L. Toupet, A. Blanc, E. Brenner, D. Matt
Metal Confinement through N-(9-Alkyl)fluorenyl Substituted N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and its Consequences in Gold-Catalysed Reactions Involving Enynes
Chemistry, Eur. J.
(2017) 7809-7818

D. Séchet, Z. Kaya, M. Jouffroy, D. Armspach, D. Matt, L. Toupet
Aza-capped cyclodextrins for intra-cavity metal complexation
Chem. Comm
. 53 (2017) 11717-11720

F. Elaieb, D. Sémeril, D. Matt
Resorcinarene-based o-biarylphosphines in palladium catalysed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of bulky substrates
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
(2017) 685-693

T. Chavagnan, C. Bauder, D. Sémeril, D. Matt, L. Toupet
Substrate-selective olefin hydrogenation with a cavitand-based bis-N-anisyl-iminophosphorane
Eur. J. Org. Chem.
(2017) 70-76

F. Elaieb, D. Sémeril, D. Matt
Resorcinarene-based o-biarylphosphines in palladium catalysed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of bulky substrates
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
(2017) 685-693    

L. Monnerau, D. Sémeril, D. Matt, C. Gourlaouen
Catalytic behaviour of calixarenylphosphanes in nickel-catalysed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling
Eur. J. Inorg.
Chem. (2017) 581-586 

List of equipment and instruments

  • Gas chromatographs High performance liquid chromatograph
  • Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometer
  • High pressure autoclaves

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A small overview of our research group