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[SOCAT] Synthèse Organométallique et CATalyse

Head of the research group

Chargé de Recherche au CNRS

Year of creation of the group - 2018 (formerly LCIMC headed by D. Matt)


Le bel Institute, 9th floor South

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
    email :
    Phone : +33 (0)3 68 85 16 17

Non-permanent members

PhD students

  • Giovany MARIE-ROSE
  • Shaima HKIRI

Description of the research group

We are interested in the development of constrained ligands, with a particular emphasis upon the synthesis of cavity-shaped ligands, for organometallic catalysis and green chemistry catalysis.

Our team welcomes internship applications at the Master level, potential candidates interested in PhD studies as well as post-doctoral candidates.

Recent results

Evaluation of the Catalytic Capability of cis‐ and trans‐Diquinoxaline Spanned Cavitands


EurJOC, first published: 3 September 2019

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

toc 1
Catal. Commun
., 118 (2019),70-75 


Cavitand chemistry: nickel half-sandwich complexes with imidazolylidene ligands bearing one or two resorcinarenyl substituents

toc 2

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 890-896

Substrate-selective olefin hydrogenation with a cavitand-based bis-N-anisyl-iminophosphorane

toc 3

Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2017, 70-76

Cavitand chemistry: towards metallo-capsular catalysts


Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2017, 313-323

Research topics

  • Synthesis of constrained ligands
  • Design and synthesis of phosphines / phosphites
  • Design and synthesis of bulky N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs)
  • Synthesis of optically pure ligand
  • Chemical modification of calix[4]arene and resorcin[4]arene
  • Metallo-cavitands
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydroformylation
  • Carbon-carbon bond forming reactions (Suzuki-Miyaura, Heck, ...)
  • Ethylene oligomerisation / polymerisation
  • Hydrogenation of olefins
  • Asymmetric Catalysis with transition metals

Selected publications

M. Kaloğlu, N. Gürbüz, D. Sémeril, İ. Özdemir
Ruthenium(II)-(p-cymene)-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes for the N-Alkylation of Amine Using the Green Hydrogen Borrowing Methodology
Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2018) 1236-1243

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

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

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

T. S. Manikandan, R. Ramesh, D. Sémeril
Synthesis and characterisation of cycloruthenated benzhydrazone complexes: Catalytic application to selective oxidative cleavage of olefins to aldehydes
RSC Advances 6 (2016) 97107-97115

T. Chavagnan, D. Sémeril, D. Matt, J. Harrowfield, L. Toupet
Cracking Cavitands: Metal-Directed Scission of Phosphinyl-Substituted Resorcinarenes
Chem. Eur. J. 21 (2015) 6678-6681

D. Sémeril, D. Matt
Synthesis and catalytic relevance of P(III) and P(V)-functionalised calixarenes and resorcinarenes (Review)
Coord. Chem. Rev. 279 (2014) 58-95

List of equipment and instruments

  • Two GC chromatographs
  • One High Presure Liquid Chromatograph
  • A flash chromatography workstation
  • A Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometer
  • High pressure autoclaves

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