• Bioeconomy
  • Chemistry and Materials

Catalysis and Molecular Chemistry

Research team


Our research activities are based on an internationally recognized expertise in organic synthesis, homogeneous catalysis, organometallic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. At present, our research focuses on polymerization catalysis, hybrid catalysis, colloidal physicochemistry and formulation. Through the diverse and complementary expertise of our researchers, we are able to approach and envisage research projects that range from the molecule to the end product, while integrating the principles of green chemistry. The research carried out by our team is mainly aimed at developing new methodologies for the synthesis of catalysts, at eco-designing new functional, molecular and macromolecular compounds, and at developing new tools and methods necessary to understand the mechanisms and modes of action. Our researchers are involved in numerous academic and industrial collaborative projects at the regional, national, European and international levels.



Bâtiment C3, Avenue Jean Perrin
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille



Effectif total : 60

Personnel de recherche : 40

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 3



• Fine Chemistry/Organic Synthesis
• Reactions under pressure
• Organometallic catalysis and photoredox
• Biomass valorization
• Biosourced polymers
• Thermoplastic elastomers
• Chemical modification of polysaccharides
• Ring opening polymerization
• Polycondensation
• Terminal functionalization of polymers
• Polymerization by coordination.

Example(s) of projects

• ANR Energy 4S - Interreg INTICOSM

Example(s) of publications

• “The salt-free nickel-catalysed α-allylation reaction of ketones with allyl alcohol and diallylether”. B. Mouhsine, A. Karim, C. Dumont, M. Sauthier. Green Chem., 2020, 22, 950; 🡭
• "Hydrohydroxymethylation of Ethyl Ricinoleate and Castor Oil", C. Becquet, F. Berche, H. Bricout, E. Monflier, S. Tilloy. ACS Sustain Chem Eng., 2021, 9, 9444 🡭
• Pickering interfacial catalysis for biphasic systems: From emulsions design to green reactions. M Perat-Titus, L. Leclercq, J-M. Clacens, F. De Campo, V Nardello-Rataj, 2014, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 2 – 18 🡭
• Use of the normalized hydrophilic-lipophilic deviation (HLDn) equation for determining the equivalent alkane carbon number (EACN) of oils abd th eprefereed alkane carbon number (PACN) of nonionic surfactants by the fish-tail method(FTM). J-M. Aubry, J. F. Ontiveros, J-L. Salager, V. Nardello-Rataj, 2020, Adv Coll Interface Sc.276, 102099 🡭
• "Evidence of Coordinative Chain Transfer Polymerization of Isoprene using iron iminopyridine/ZnEt2 catalytic systems" O.H. Hashmi, M. Visseaux, Y. Champouret., Polym. Chem. 2021, 12, 4626; 🡭
• "Visible-Light-Driven CarboxyLic Amine Protocol (CLAP) for the Synthesis of 2-Substituted Piperazines under Batch and Flow Conditions" R. Gueret, L. Pelinski, T. Bousquet, M. Sauthier, V. Ferey, A. Bigot. Organic Letters, vol. 22, pg. 5157-5162 (2020) 🡭
• Lactide Lactone Chain Shuttling Copolymerization Mediated by an Aminobisphenolate Supported Aluminum Complex and Al(OiPr)3: Access to New Polylactide Based Block Copolymer. J. Meimoun, C. Sutapin, G. Stoclet, A. Favrelle-Huret, P. Roussel, M. Bria, S. Chirachanchai, F. Bonnet, P. Zinck. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 50, 21206–21210, 🡭

See the full list of our publications here

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

U Lyon, U Toulouse, U. Amiens, ULCO, ICSM Marcoule, CRPP Bordeaux, U Rennes

Pays-Bas, Allemagne, Maroc, Italie, Lithuanie, U Regensburg (All), U Ghent (Belgique), Royaume Uni, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australie, University of Waterloo, Canada, University of South Carolina, USA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, Shenzhen University, Chine, Université Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, Thaïlande, KU Leuven, Belgique, Université de Mons, Belgique

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Roquette Frères, Sanofi, Total, IFF

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Elemental analysis CHNS
• Organic Synthesis
• Formulation
• Polymer chemistry

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.

Offres technologiques

    The present invention relates to a process for radical polymerization in aqueous suspension using, as initiator, at least one peroxide derivative and, as activator of the said peroxide derivative, at least one ferrocene species, characterized in that the polymerization is carried out wholly or partly in the presence of a catalytic amount of the said ferrocene species and in the presence of at least one reducing agent of the cationic ferricinium form. The present invention further relates to an aqueous suspension free radical polymerization medium as well as the use of ascorbic acid or an ester thereof to generate a ferrocene species from its ferricinium salt.
    The present invention relates to a method for the end functionalisation of trans-1,4 stereoregular polydiene chains obtained by the coordination catalysis polymerisation of at least one conjugated diene monomer. It also relates to a polydiene having a trans-1,4 chain formation rate of at least 85%, preferably at least 90%, and an end functionalisation rate higher than 70%, preferably higher than 80%, and more preferably higher than 90%.


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Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • Biobased chemistry
    • Biobased materials
  • Chemistry and Materials
    • Green chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
    • Recycling of materials and efficient use of material resources