Researchers

Géraldine Masson received her PhD in 2003 from the Joseph Fourier University, (France). She then moved to the University of Amsterdam (Holland) as a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Jan van Maarseveen and Prof. Henk Hiemstra. At the end of 2005, she was appointed “Chargé de Recherche” by the CNRS in the research group of Prof. Jieping Zhu at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), before initiating her independent career in 2011. She was promoted to Research Director of CNRS in 2014 in the same institute. Her group’s research activities are directed toward the development of new catalytic methods for the synthesis of optically active molecules displaying biologically activities. The three specific research areas focus on: (1) asymmetric organocatalysis; (2) photoredox-catalysis and (3) asymmetric hypervalent iodine catalysis.

geraldine.masson@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Luc Neuville received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University Paris-Sud XI (Orsay) in 1999, preforming his research under the guidance of Professor Jieping Zhu at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (Gif-sur-Yvette). From 1999 to 2001, he could appreciate Corn fields working Professor Scott E. Denmark as Post-doctoral Associate in Illinois (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain, Champain-urbana, USA). In 2001, he was appointed as CNRS Chargé de Recherche, joining the group of Professor Nicole Moreau (Ecole National de Chimie Paris, Paris). He return to the ICSN in 2005, where he his holding a position of CNRS Research Director since 2013. Besides research, Luc is the happy father of two -lovely in his mind- daughters. He dislike particularly sport, but enjoys making fun about it around a drink and a good meal with friends.

luc.neuville@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Aurélie Claraz received her Ph.D degree in organic chemic chemistry in 2012 at Rouen (INSA) under the guidance of Dr Vincent Levacher. She joined the group of Pr Petri Pihko at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland from 2013 to 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. She then held a temporary assistant lecturer position in an engineering school in Paris (Chimie ParisTech) working with Dr Sylvain Darses. After a second postdoctoral position in the group of Pr Janine Cossy (ESPCI Paris), she was appointed at the CNRS as research associate in the group of Dr Géraldine Masson (ICSN) in November 2017. Her research interests lie mainly in the field of electrosynthesis, photocatalysis and asymmetric organocatalysis.

aurelie.claraz@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

Postdoctoral fellows

Franck Le Vaillant received his Master degree in organic chemistry at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM, France) in 2013. He then moved to the Trost group at Stanford University (USA) for one year, where he studied palladium catalysis. From late 2014 to late 2018, he carried out his PhD studies near the Leman Lake at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland) under the supervision of Prof. J. Waser, where he developed photocatalytic decarboxylative transformations using hypervalent iodine reagents. In 2019, he moved to the Max-Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) as a SNF-postdoctoral fellow, to study organometallic chemistry (especially Ni) with Dr J. Cornellà. Since October 2021, he joined the group where he holds a researcher position at the Labcom HitCat, a joint lab between CNRS and SEQENS (an international company in fine chemicals and APIs production). His research focus on original enantioselective catalytic methods to solve industrial challenges in the synthesis of APIs. Outside the lab, Franck practices land-sailing, and occasionally sailing when he is far from the beach.

franck.levaillant@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Florent Noël obtained a bachelor degree in life science in 2015 and a Master degree in molecular and supramolecular chemistry in 2017 at Strasbourg University. He graduated with his PhD in 2020 from the same University in Joseph Moran’s lab (ISIS Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et Supramoleculaire). During his Ph.D. studies, he worked on the development of new synthetic methodologies, involving Brønsted and Lewis acid catalysis in HFIP. He joined the POWER team in 2021 to develop new electrochemical reactions involving N-centered radicals in collaboration with Laurent El-Kaïm (LSO, Polytechnique). Outside work, he practices cross fit. He also enjoys reading, computer building, and brewing beer.

florent.noel@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

PhD students

Marine Lombard obtained an engineer diploma at ESPCI (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris) during which she carried out a six months  internship  in UCB Pharma (Braine l’Alleud) about diastereoselective hydrogenation. She also obtained a Chemistry and Life Siences master degree  at PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) University, completing her master thesis  in Shankar Balasubramanian’s group at Cambridge University on modified DNA bases. She joined Géraldine Masson’s team at ICSN as a Phd student in October 2019 to work on catalysis by chiral phosphoric acid applied to natural  products synthesis. Outside of the lab, Marine likes reading, hiking and cooking.

marine.lombard@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

Wei-Yang Ma obtained a master’s degree in chemistry from Hangzhou Normal University in China in 2019.  During his postgraduate studies, he developed a palladium-catalyzed enantioselective  C-H olefination under the guidance of Xu Li-Wen and Cui Yu-Ming.  In October 2019, with the support of CSC, he joined the Géraldine Masson’s team as a PhD student.  His doctoral research deals with  the organocatalytic enantioenselective synthesis of azacycles.  Away from the lab, Wei-Yang likes listening to music, watching movies, and practices fitness.

weiyang.ma@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Damien Bouchet obtained the engineer degree of the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI). He completed a 6-month internship in Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Beerse) MedChem lab dealing with glycochemistry followed by a 4-month one in the Prof. Catherine S. J. Cazin group in Ghent University on catalysis with copper-NHC complexes. He  joined the team in January 2020 for his Master internship (Sorbonne University Paris) to develop organocatalytic asymmetric reactions with chiral phosphoric acids. He started his Ph.D studies in the groupe in October 2020. Outside the lab, he likes listening to classical music, going to the cinema and to the theatre.

damien.bouchet@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 54

Matteo Leone obtained a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the “Università di Roma La Sapienza” (Italy) in 2017, during which he completed a 6-month internship. He worked in a joint project between Ruggero Caminiti and Francesca Leonelli groups on the synthesis and the X-ray characterization of ionic liquids containing selenium. In 2020 he obtained a master degree in organic chemistry at the “Università di Roma La Sapienza”, collaborating with Francesca Leonelli group for the development of iridium- and ruthenium- photocatalyzed [2+2]-cycloadditions of allenes to enones. In March 2021 he joined the team for a Ph. D., receiving a funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant. The project is focused on the design and development of new chiral catalysts and their applications in novel asymmetric transformations. Outside the laboratory, Matteo likes reading, doing sport and traveling.

matteo.leone@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Aurélien Brion obtained his B.Sc. in Molecular Chemistry at Université Paris-Sud (Orsay, France) in 2018 and was then accepted in the Master programme Chemistry and Life Sciences at PSL University (Paris France). During his Master studies, Aurélien performed internships in several labs, including the ones of Pr. Ryan A. Shenvi (Scripps Research, CA, USA) and Pr. Arnaud Gautier (Sorbonne Université, Paris, France). In 2021, he completed his M.Sc. under the guidance of Pr. Raphaël Rodriguez (Institut Curie, Paris, France), where he worked on the total synthesis of alkaloids. Aurélien joined the lab in Oct. 2021 for his Ph.D., focusing on asymmetric synthesis and the total synthesis of complex natural products. Outside the lab, Aurel likes cooking, going to the movie theatre and scuba-diving.

aurelien.brion@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 45 77

Master students

Emeric Montinho is currently a second year Master student and third year magistère student at university and ENS Paris-Saclay. He is attending this university training since 2019 after 3 years of preparatory classes in Toulouse. He joined the group in April 2021 for 4-month internship on phosphoric acid-catalyzed reactions and he came back in January 2022 for 6 month to study new photocatalytic reactions. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with his friends, cooking and climbing.

 emeric.montinho-inacio@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 54

Visiting students

Daniel Kolb Visiting Master student for 2 months (University of Regensburg, Prof. Burkhard König’s group, Germany)