Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Ally Aukauloo

Build. 420LCI – ICMMO
Université Paris-Saclay
Rue du doyen Georges Poitou
91405 Orsay Cedex

+33 1 69 15 47 49

My research career has been shaped, as often, by encounters and lies, as many, on shoulders of giants. I got interested in Artificial Photosynthesis after a stay in the lab of James Collman and mindful discussions with Jean Jacques Girerd et Bill Rutherford. That was first a lab curiosity to mimic the process that has permitted oxygenic life to develop on earth, is now recognised as the solution for our energy crisis and environmental constraints. In collaboration with W. Leibl at CEA Saclay, I am embarked in this scientific odyssey. We develop molecular chemistry to capture solar energy to perform multielectonic catalytic chemical transformations. We welcome students who are devoted to organic and inorganic syntheses, spectroscopies, photophysical and electrochemical studies and theoretical calculations.



Atropisomeric Hydrogen Bonding Control for CO2 Binding and Enhancement of Electrocatalytic Reduction at Iron Porphyrins. P. Gotico, L. Roupnel, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, W. Leibl, Z. Halime, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, n/a

Visible light-driven simultaneous water oxidation and quinone reduction by a nano-structured conjugated polymer without co-catalysts. J. Patel, X. Yuan, S. M. Marinho, W. Leibl, H. Remita, A. Aukauloo, Chem. Sci., 2020

Spectroscopic Characterisation of a Bio-Inspired Ni-Based Proton Reduction Catalyst Bearing a Pentadentate N2S3 Ligand with Improved Photocatalytic Activity. P. Gotico, D. Moonshiram, C. Liu, X. Zhang, R. Guillot, A. Quaranta, Z. Halime, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2020, 26, 2859 – 2868

A Reversible Electron Relay to Exclude Sacrificial Electron Donors in the Photocatalytic Oxygen Atom Transfer Reaction with O2 in Water. N. T. Vo, Y. Mekmouche, T. Tron, R. Guillot, F. Banse, Z. Halime, M. Sircoglou, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 16023-16027

Second-Sphere Biomimetic Multipoint Hydrogen-Bonding Patterns to Boost CO2 Reduction of Iron Porphyrins. P. Gotico, B. Boitrel, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, A. Quaranta, Z. Halime, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 4504-4509

Local ionic liquid environment at a modified iron porphyrin catalyst enhances the electrocatalytic performance of CO2 to CO reduction in water. A. Khadhraoui, P. Gotico, B. Boitrel, W. Leibl, Z. Halime, A. Aukauloo, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 11630-11633

Visible Light-Driven Reduction of CO2 to CO and Its Subsequent Valorization in Carbonylation Chemistry and 13C Isotope Labelling. P. Gotico, A. Del Vecchio, D. Audisio, A. Quaranta, Z. Halime, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, ChemPhotoChem, 2018, 2, 715-719

Water Molecules Gating a Photoinduced One Electron Two Protons Transfer in a Tyr/His model of Photosystem II. G. Chararalambidis, S. Das, A. Trapali, A. Quaranta, M. Orio, Z. Halime, P. Fertey, R. Guillot, C. Athanassios, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, M. Sircoglou, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 9013-9017

Snapshots of Light Induced Accumulation of Two Charges on Methylviologen using a Sequential Nanosecond Pump–Pump Photoexcitation. T.-T. Tran, M.-H. Ha-Thi, T. Pino, A. Quaranta, C. Lefumeux, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9, 1086-1091

Light-Induced Activation of the Du Bois [RhII2(Esp)2] Catalyst for Nitrogen Atom Transfer Reactions. R. Farran, C. Ducloiset, J. Buendia, N. T. Vo, R. Guillot, Z. Halime, P. Dauban, W. Leibl, M. Sircoglou, A. Aukauloo, ChemPhotoChem, 2017, 1, 562-567

Time-Resolved Interception of Multiple-Charge Accumulation in a Sensitizer–Acceptor Dyad. S. Mendes marinho, M.-H. Ha-Thi, V.-T. Pham, A. Quaranta, T. Pino, C. Lefumeux, T. Chamaillé, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2017, 11, 15936–15940

Intramolecular Photogeneration of a Tyrosine Radical in a Designed Protein. A. G. Tebo, A. Quaranta, C. Herrero, V. L. Pecoraro, A. Aukauloo, ChemPhotoChem, 2017, 1, 89-92

Light-driven electron transfer in a modular assembly of a ruthenium(II) polypyridine sensitiser and a manganese(II) terpyridine unit separated by a redox active linkage. DFT analysis. A. G. Tebo, S. Das, R. Farran, C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, R. Fallahpour, S. Protti, M.-F. Charlot, A. Aukauloo, W. Leibl, Comptes Rendus Chimie, 2017, 20, 323-332

Elucidating the light-induced charge accumulation in an artificial analogue of methane monooxygenase enzymes using time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy. D. Moonshiram, A. Picon, Á. Vázquez-Mayagoitia, X. Zhang, M.-F. Tu, P. Garrido-Barros, J.-P. Mahy, F. Avenier, A. Aukauloo, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 2725-2728

Monoanionic Dipyrrin–Pyridine Ligands: Synthesis, Structure and Photophysical Properties. C. Ducloiset, P. Jouin, E. Paredes, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, M. Orio, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 2015, 5405-5410

Visible-Light-Driven Oxidation of Organic Substrates with Dioxygen Mediated by a [Ru(bpy)3]2+/Laccase System. L. Schneider, Y. Mekmouche, P. Rousselot-Pailley, A. J. Simaan, V. Robert, M. Réglier, A. Aukauloo, T. Tron, ChemSusChem, 2015, 8, 3048-3051

Redox Noninnocence of the Bridge in Copper(II) Salophen and Bis(oxamato) Complexes. D. De Bellefeuille, M. Orio, A.-L. Barra, A. Aukauloo, Y. Journaux, C. Philouze, X. Ottenwaelder, F. Thomas, Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 9013-9026

Synergistic "ping-pong" energy transfer for efficient light activation in a chromophore-catalyst dyad. A. Quaranta, G. Charalambidis, C. Herrero, S. Margiola, W. Leibl, A. Coutsolelos, A. Aukauloo, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 24166-24172

Ingénierie de la photosynthese artificielle. J.-F. Cornet, A. Aukauloo, F. Gloaguen, W. Leibl, L'actualité chimique, 2015, 397-398, 69-74

Successive light-induced two electron transfers in a Ru-Fe supramolecular assembly: from Ru-Fe(ii)-OH2 to Ru-Fe(iv)-oxo. C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, M. Sircoglou, K. Senechal-David, A. Baron, I. M. Marin, C. Buron, J.-P. Baltaze, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, F. Banse, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2323-2327

Carbon dioxide reduction via light activation of a ruthenium-Ni(cyclam) complex. C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, S. El Ghachtouli, B. Vauzeilles, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2014, 16, 12067-12072

Intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer in cobalt(II) chlathrochelate-zinc porphyrin assemblies leading to long-lived Co(I) species. S. El Ghachtouli, R. Guillot, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 2014, 18, 1125-1130

A nickel dimethyl glyoximato complex to form nickel based nanoparticles for electrocatalytic H2 production. S. Cherdo, S. E. Ghachtouli, M. Sircoglou, F. Brisset, M. Orio, A. Aukauloo, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 13514-13516

Electrochemical Implication of a Hydrogen-Bonded Imidazole on a Redox-Active-Bound Phenolate Group. S. El Ghachtouli, B. Lassalle-Kaiser, R. Guillot, A. Aukauloo, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 2014, 4750-4755