CV G. Masson

Co-Director of the Labcom HitCat, a joint lab between SEQENS and CNRS.
2020-now CNRS research director DR1, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
2015-2019 CNRS research director DR2, Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
2010-2014 CNRS Researcher 1st class (CR2, Tenure), Research Associate, ICSN.
2010 Habilitation, University Paris XI, Orsay, France.
2005-2010 CNRS Researcher 2nd class (CR2, Tenure), Research Associate, ICSN.
2003-2005 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Prof. H. Hiemstra and Prof. J. van Maarseven, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2000-2003 PhD thesis with Dr. S. Py and Prof. Y. Vallée, Joseph Fourier University Grenoble, France. Financed by a grant from the French Ministry of Research and Education.
1999-2000 Master’s degree with Prof P. Compain and Prof O. Martin, University of Orléans, Paris V, and Paris XI, France.
1996-1999 BSc (organic chemistry), University of Orléans, France.


Asymmetric catalysis

Designing new enantioselective organocatalytic reactions

Photoredox catalysis

Synthesis of new chiral photocatalysts

Hypervalent iodine chemistry


Complete list

« Redox‐Divergent Chiral Phosphoric Acid‐Catalyzed Enantioselective Formal Quinone Diels–Alder Reactions » Varlet, T.; Gelis, C.; Retailleau, P; Bernadat, G.; Neuville, L; Masson, G.* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 8491-8496

Aerobic tetrazine-catalyzed oxidative nitroso-Diels-Alder reaction of N-arylhydroxylamines with dienecarbamates: access to functionalized 1,6-dihydro-1,2-oxazinesLe, T.; Courant, T.; Merad, J.; Allain, C.;*  Audebert, P.;* Masson, G.* ChemCatChem 2019, 7, 5282-5286.

s-Tetrazine Dyes: a facile generation of photoredox organocatalysts for routine oxidations” Le, T.; Courant, T.; Merad, J.; Allain, C.;*  Audebert, P.; Masson, G.* J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 16139 -16146

Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Construction of Structurally Diverse BenzothiazolopyrimidinesJarrige, L.; Glavač, D.; Levitre, G.; Retailleau, P.; Bernadat, G.; Neuville, L.; Masson, G.* Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 3765-3769.

Highly Diastereo- and Enantioselective Synthesis of Cyclo-hepta[b]indoles via Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed [4+3] Cycloaddition Gelis, C.; Levitre, G.; Merad, J.; Retailleau, P.; Neuville, L., Masson, G* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 12121-12125

Enantioselective Organocatalytic Intramolecular aza-Diels–Alder ReactionJarrige, L.; Blanchard, F.; Masson, G.* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 10573-10576

Asymmetric α-Sulfonyl- and α-Phosphoryl-Oxylation of Ketones by a Chiral Hypervalent Iodine(III)” Levitre, G.; Dumoulin, A.; Retailleau, P.; Panossian, A.; Leroux, F. R.; Masson, G.* J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 11877-11883

« Chiral Hypervalent Iodine(III) Catalyst Promotes Highly Enantioselective Sulfonyl- and Phosphoryl-oxylactonizations » Gelis, C.; Dumoulin, A.; Bekkaye, M.; Neuville, L.; Masson, G.* Org. Lett. 2017, 19, 278–281

“α,α’-Carbamoylsulfides as N-Carbamoylimine       Precursors in the Visible Light Photoredox-Catalyzed  Synthesis of α,α-Disubstituted  Amines” Lebée, C.; Languet, M.; Allain, C.; Masson, G.* Org. Lett. 2016, 18, 1478–1481.

2022 Cannizzaro-Arnaudon Lectureship from the Italian Chemical Society
2020 Junior Distinguished Member from the French chemical Society

2019 J.-M. Lehn prize from the French Organic Chemistry Division
2017 Novacap Prize of the French Académie des Sciences Award

2016 Liebig Lectureship of the German Chemical Society
2016 Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship
2016 ISHC Lecture Award at the 27th European Colloquium on Heterocyclic Chemistry
2015 ChemComm Emerging Investigators Issue 2015
2013 CNRS bronze medal, from CNRS
2011 Diverchim Prize in Synthetic Chemistry from the French Organic Chemistry Division
2011 ACS Young Investigators Symposium, ACS meeting, Denver, USA

2021 to present
Deputy Editor, ACS Organic & Inorganic Au (ACS)
2019 to present Associate Editor, Journal of Organic Chemistry (ACS)
2019  to present Editorial Advisory Boards, Organic Biomolecular Chemistry (RSC )
2019  to present Editorial Advisory Boards, European Journal of Organic Chemistry (Wiley)
2019  Guest editor ChemPhotoChem (Wiley for special issue in photoredox catalysis)
2018 to present  Board of Reviewing Editors, Science (AAAS)
2018 to present Editor for the 4th edition of Comprehensive Heterocyclic Chemistry (CHEC IV)
2016 to present Editorial Advisory Board Member, Organic Letters (ACS)
2016 – 2019  Editorial Board Members, Organic Biomolecular Chemistry (RSC )
2015 – 2019 Editor-in-Chief of ISTE Open Science Journal : Organocatalysis field
2015 to present Member of executive committee of ICSN
Head of the Department of Organic Synthesis and Catalytic Methods at ICSN
Member of the scientific committee of PCAS (Chemical industry)
2018 – 2019 Organizer of the Conference at ICSN
2015 – 2019 President of SCF-IDF (French Chemical Society of “Ile de France)”
2012 – 2014 Scientific advisor of the Department of Organic Synthesis and Catalytic Methods
2011 – 2015 Organizer of the Conference at ICSN
2011 – 2015 Member of the COST Action Organocatalysis CM0905
2011 to present  Member of Laboratory of Excellence Labex CHARMMMAT
2011 to present  Head of POWER’s group
2011 – 2012 Nominated Council Member of Laboratory at ICSN
2015 to present 2nd level Master’s course at Ecole Polytechnique: Modern Catalysis
2015 to present 2nd level Master’s course University Paris Sud: Multicomponent reactions
2015 2nd level Master’s course ENSCP-Chimie ParisTech : Brønsted Acid Catalysis
2011 – 2016   Lectures at PhD levels at the universities and industries on the topic of Multicomponent reactions, Organocatalysis and Photocatalysis
2000 – 2003 Tutorial and practical courses (synthetic organic chemistry and kinetic courses at the BSc and MSc levels) University of Grenoble

CNRS Research Director DR1

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