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Sorbonne Université,
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5


Couloir 32-42 5ème étage

Office 512
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Research interests

Organic Chemistry

Current research

  • Organometallic catalysis (Au, Pt, Ir, Cu, Fe)
  • Radical chemistry
  • Total synthesis
  • Molecules with properties
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Functionalized gold nanoparticules

Recent results

1. Cycloisomerizations of polyunsaturated systems catalyzed by electrophilic complexes (Au, Pt, Ag…). New ligands.

2. Use of non innocent ligands (NILs) in organometallic catalysis (C-H insertion and trifluoromethylation)

3. New radical processes

Our group has a strong interest in photoredox catalysis and also dual catalysis based on one photoredox catalyzed event. For that purpose, we have devised bis-catecholato silicates which are readily oxidized. The resulting radicals can be engaged in nickel-catalyzed coupling reactions.

4. Heterochemistry

  • sulfur chemistry (bis-sulfoxide derivatives as reagents and ligands)

  • silicon chemistry: new Lewis acids

Scientific Career

  • 2017 : Silver Medal of the CNRS
  • 2016 : Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry ; Prize of the Organic Division of the French Chemical Society
  • 2014 : Clavel Lespiau Prize of the Académie des Sciences
  • 2009 : Visiting Scientist Australian National University
  • 2008-13 : Junior Member of IUF
  • 2004 : Professor at UPMC
  • 2001 : Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches
  • 1995-2004 : CNRS researcher
  • 1994-95 : Temporary lecturer position with Max Malacria
  • 1993 : Ph. D. State University of New York at Stony Brook (Advisor : Scott Sieburth)
  • 1990 : Engineering degree from Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon

Selected publications

  1. Photoredox Catalysis for the Generation of Carbon Centered Radicals, Goddard, J.-P.; Ollivier, O.; Fensterbank, L., Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 1924-1936.Link
  2. C–N bond Formation from a Masked High-Valent Copper Complex Stabilized by Redox Non-Innocent Ligands, Jacquet, J.; Pauline Chaumont, Gontard, G.; Orio, M.; Vezin, H.; Blanchard, S.; Desage-El Murr, M.; Fensterbank, L. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 10712-10716.Link
  3. Silicates as Latent Alkyl Radical Precursors: Visible-Light Photocatalytic Oxidation of Hypervalent Bis-Catecholato Silicon Compounds, Corcé, V.; Chamoreau, L. M.; Derat, E.; Goddard, J.-P.; Ollivier, C.; Fensterbank, L., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 11414-11418.Link
  4. Molecular Complexity from Polyunsaturated Substrates. The Gold Catalysis Approach, Fensterbank, L.; Malacria, M., Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 953-965. Link
  5. Gold Catalyzed Polymerization Based on Carbene Polycyclopropanation, Nzulu, F.; Bontemps, A., Robert, J.; Barbazanges, M.; Fensterbank, L.; Goddard, J.-P.; Malacria, M.; Ollivier, C.; Petit, M.; Rieger, J.; Stoffelbach, F. Macromolecules 2014, 47, 6652-6656. Link
  6. Spirosilane Derivatives as Fluoride Sensors, Lenormand, H.; Goddard, J.-P.; Fensterbank, L., Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 748-751.Link
  7. Iron-Catalyzed Reductive Radical Cyclization of Organic Halides in the Presence of NaBH4 : Evidence of an Active Hydrido Iron(I) Catalyst, Ekomié, A.; Lefèvre, G.; Fensterbank, L.; Lacôte, E.; Malacria, L.; Ollivier, C.; Jutand, A. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 6942-6946.Link
  8. Tracking Gold Acetylides in Gold(I)-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization Reactions of Enynes, Simonneau, A.; Jaroschik, F.; Lesage, D.; Karanik, M.; Guillot, R.; Malacria, M.; Tabet, J.-C.; Goddard, J.-P.; Fensterbank, L.; Gandon, V.; Gimbert, Y. Chem. Sci. 2011, 2 2417-2422.Link
  9. Visible Light-Induced Photoreductive Generation of Radicals from Epoxides and Aziridines, Larraufie, M.-H.; Pellet, P.; Fensterbank, L.; Goddard, J.-P.; Lacôte, E.; Malacria, M.; Ollivier, C., Angewandte Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 4463-4466.Link
  10. Oxidation of Trifluoroborates: An Opportunity for Tin-Free Radical Chemistry, Sorin, G.; Martinez Mallorquin, R.; Contie, Y.; Baralle, A.; Malacria, M.; Goddard, J.-P. ; Fensterbank, L., Angewandte Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 8721-8723.Link
  11. Radical Migration of Substituents of Aryl Groups on Quinazolinones Derived from N-Acyl Cyanamides, Larraufie, M.-H.; Courillon, C.; Ollivier, C.; Lacote, E.; Malacria, M.; Fensterbank, L., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 4381-4387. Link
  12. Generation and Trapping of Cyclopentylidene Gold Species: Four Pathways to Polycyclic Compounds, G. Lemière, V. Gandon, K. Cariou, A. Hours, T. Fukuyama, A.-L. Dhimane, L. Fensterbank, M. Malacria, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2993-3006 Link