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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, S. Sameni, M. Awada, C. Jeunesse, D. Matt, L. Toupet, J. Harrowfield, D. Takeuchi, S. Takano
A covalently-constructed, capsular nickel complex and its use in butadiene polymerisation
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
(2019) DOI: 10.1002/ejic201901074

H. Almallah, E. Brenner, D. Matt, J. Harrowfield, M. Jahjah, A. Hijazi
Palladium complexes of N-heterocyclic carbenes displaying an unsymmetrical N-alkylfluorenyl/N'-aryl substitution pattern and their behaviour in Suzuki-Miyaura cross coupling
48 (2019) 14516-14529

A Comparative Study of Confining Ligands Derived from Methylated Cyclodextrins in Gold-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes
Eur. J. Org. Chem.
(2019) 4528–4537

C. GOURLAOUEN, N. Renard, E. Brenner, D. Matt
Adaptive Behavior of a Ditopic Phosphine Ligand
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.
(2019) 2996–3004

Resorcin[4]arene-functionalised triazolium salts as a ligand source for Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling catalysts
9 (2019) 388

H. Almallah, M. Nos, V. Ayzac, E. Brenner, D. Matt, C. Gourlaouen, M. Jahjah, A. Hijazi
Complexes featuring N-heterocyclic carbenes with bowl-shaped wingtips
Comptes Rendus Chimie
(2019) 299-309

N. Natarajan, M.-C. Pierrevelcin, D. Sémeril, C. Bauder, D. Matt, R. Ramesh
Chiral calixarene and resorcinarene derivatives. Conical cavities substituted at their upper rim by two phosphito units and their use as ligands in Rh-catalysed hydroformylation
Cat. Comm.
118 (2019) 70-75

List of equipment and instruments

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

Photo gallery

A small overview of our research group