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Sorbonne Université,
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
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Post-doctoral position - 18 month, at IPCM, team E-POM
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Dr Alain Shum Cheong Sing (alain.shum at

Research interests:

Molecular Inorganic Chemistry; Coordination Chemistry of Polyoxometalates; Hybrid Materials for Catalysis; Metallic and core@shell Nanoparticles; Epoxidation catalysis; CO2 cycloaddition onto epoxides.

Current research:

  • Functionalization of polyoxometalates (POMs).
  • Coordination Chemistry of POMs. Organometallic Chemistry of POMs.
  • Synthesis/characterization of POMs-functionalized mesoporous oxide supports.
  • Post-functionalization of core@shell nanoparticles with hybrids POMs.
  • Catalytic reactivity of POMs for alkene epoxidation with H2O2.
  • Tandem catalysis for the one-pot synthesis of cyclic carbonates.
  • Generation and stabilization of metallic nanoparticles by lacunary POMs.

Recent results:

  • Preparation and coordination properties of organo-phosphonyle derivatives of trivacant heteropolytungstates. Study of their catalytic properties in alkenes epoxidation.
  • in collaboration with Pr. Franck Launay (LRS, SU): covalent fonctionalization of mesoporous silica supports (SBA 15 and MCF) with POM hybrids: a key step for the preparation of POMs-based anchored homogeneous catalysts for alkene epoxidation.
  • in collaboration with Pr. Franck Launay (LRS, SU): Preparation of supported catalysts for the one-pot synthesis of cyclic carbonates from alkenes.
  • in collaboration with Dr A. Shum Cheong Sing (Université de la Réunion, France), oxidation of terpenes from biomass.
  • in collaboration with Dr J.M. Siaugue (“Colloïdes Inorganiques” team from Lab. PHENIX, SU) elaboration of novel hybrid nanomaterials based on the covalent association of POM hybrids with core-shell magnetic nanoparticles.

Scientific career

  • Studies at Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6
    • 1990: Deug SNV
    • 1991: Licence of chemistry
    • 1992: Master of chemistry
    • 1993: DEA (master degree) of Inorganique Chemistry: (Chimie Inorganique: de la molécule au matériau.)
  • PhD Thesis at Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Paris 6 under the direction of Prs P. Gouzerh et A. Proust. (november 20th 1997).
    Coordination chemistry of the lacunary oxo-nitrosyle complexes [M4O13(OCH3)4M’(NO)]3- (M, M’ = Mo, W).
  • Postdoctoral position at Université Versailles-Saint Quentin (Institut Lavoisier) under the direction of Pr G. Hervé :
    Heterogeneous catalysis: characterization of solid catalytic materials with formula Csx(NH3)3-x[PMo12O40]
  • Since 1998: Assistant professor at the laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry and Molecular Materials (UPMC – Paris 6), then at the IPCM (since 2009).
  • 2012 : Habilitation Thesis.
  • 2014 : Appointment to the rank of Senior Associate Professor (Maître de conférences (HDR) Hors Classe).

Choix de publications:

  1. Selective Uptake of La3+ ions with Polyoxometalates-functionalized Mesoporous SBA-15: an EXAFS Study.
    Ourania Makrygenni, Faiza Lilia Bentaleb, Dalil Brouri, Anna Proust, Franck Launay, Richard Villanneau.
    Microporous and Microporous Materials, 2019, 287, 264-270.
  2. Immobilization of polyoxometalate hybrid catalysts onto mesoporous silica supports using phenylene diisothiocyanate as a cross-linking agent.
    Ourania Makrygenni, Dalil Brouri, Anna Proust, Franck Launay, Richard Villanneau.
    Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2019, 278, 314–321.
  3. Heteropolytungstate-decorated core-shell magnetic nanoparticles: A covalent strategy for polyoxometalate-based hybrid nanomaterials.
    Ourania Makrygenni, Emilie Secret, Aude Michel, Dalil Brouri, Vincent Dupuis, Anna Proust, Jean-Michel Siaugue, Richard Villanneau,
    J. Colloid Interface Sci., 2018, 514, 49-58.
  4. Efficiency of Polyoxometalate-based mesoporous hybrids as covaently anchored catalysts.
    F. Bentaleb, O. Makrygenni, D. Brouri, C. Diogo Coelho, A. Mehdi, A. Proust, F. Launay, R. Villanneau,
    Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 7607-7616.
  5. Simple Procedure for Vacant POMs-Stabilized Palladium (0) Nanoparticles in Water: Structural and Dispersive Effects of Lacunary Polyoxometalates.
    R. Villanneau, A. Roucoux, P. Beaunier, D. Brouri, A. Proust,
    R.S.C. Adv., 2014, 4, 26491-26498.
  6. Covalent Grafting of Organic−Inorganic Polyoxometalates Hybrids onto Mesoporous SBA-15: A Key Step for New Anchored Homogeneous Catalysts"
    R. Villanneau, A. Marzouk, Y. Wang, A. Ben Djamaa, G. Laugel, A. Proust, F. Launay,
    Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 2958-2965.