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 asymmetric catalysis with a special emphasis on organocatalyst design.

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

Post-doctoral research associates

Thibaut Courant obtained his Ph.D in 2013 at the ICSN Géraldine Masson’s group. Then he moved to Switzerland in 2014 to Jerome Waser’s group at the EPFL to work as a postdoctoral fellow. He then joined the group of Dr. Laurent Micouin at Paris-Descartes University between 2015 and 2016 to spend two years as Post-Doc. After moving to Pr. Thomas Lecourt’s group at COBRA laboratory at the University of Rouen until September 2018 he’s back to Dr. Géraldine Masson’s group now as a Post-Doc fellow. Besides laboratory duties, Thibaut has been bitten by the bug of Golf and motorsports, he is also fond of fine cooking.

thibaut.courant@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

PhD students

Tuan Le is a pharmacist in Viet Nam. He obtained the IDEX Paris Saclay Excellence Scholarship to come to France to pursue two years of a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the UFR Pharmacy of the University of Paris Sud XI. During the first year of the Master’s program, he completed a two-month internship in the BIOCIS laboratory, UFR Pharmacie, University Paris Sud XI, under the supervision of Pr. Delphine Joseph. Tuan joined the Géraldine Masson team at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles in January 2017 for a six-month internship – a collaborative project with Prof. Pierre Auderbert and Dr. Clémence Allain of the PPSM laboratory, ENS Paris Saclay. He pursues his Ph.D studies in the group since October 2017. His project aims to use tetrazines as a photoredox organocatalyst. Outside the laboratory, Tuan loves cinema, photography and travel.

tuan.le@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 54

Thomas Varlet obtained the engineer degree of the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI) during which he completed a 6-month internship in the Research Center of the Pierre Fabre Laboratories (Toulouse) in the Medicinal Chemistry team and an internship in the team of Prof. Janine Cossy at the ESPCI. During his M2 at Sorbonne Université (Paris) in 2018, he has done an internship in the team of Dr. Géraldine Masson at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN) working on the synthesis of thiocycles via an intramolecular hydrothiolation. Since October 2018, Thomas is a PhD student in the group and is interested in the development of new asymmetric organocatalytic methods. Outside the laboratory, Thomas likes going to the cinema and do theatre.

thomas.varlet@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

Ji-Yuan Lv completed his Master degree at the Hangzhou Normal University in China in 2018. He carried out his Msc project in the group of Prof. Xu working on copper-catalyzed enantioselective conjugate addition of diethyl zinc to α-β,unsaturated acylsilanes by using multifunctional chiral Schiff base–phosphine ligands. In October 2018, he joined the group of Géraldine Masson for his PhD studies thanks to a CSC fellowship. His research deals with the design of new chiral organic catalysts and their application in novel asymmetric transformations. In his spare time, Ji-Yuan enjoys jogging, watching movies and listening to music.

jiyuan.lyu@cnrs.fr     +33 1 69 82 30 84

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     +331 69 82 45 77

Trainees

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 is currently a PSL-Sorbonne Université second year master student in chemistry and joined the team in January 2020 for an internship about pyridines enantioselective dearomatization catalyzed by chiral phosphoric acids. Outside the lab, he likes listening classical music, going to the cinema and to the theatre.

damien.bouchet@cnrs.fr     +331 69 82 45 77