Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Marie Sircoglou

Build. 420, office 005 – LCI – ICMMO
Université Paris-Saclay
Rue du doyen Georges Poitou
91405 Orsay Cedex

+33 1 69 15 70 55


I am a lecturer at the University Paris Sud, since 2011. I work in collaboration with Ally Aukauloo, Professor and Zakaria Halime, Research Fellow in the Inorganic Chemistry team. 

Our research projects are based on the rich chemistry of transition metals by using enzymatic processes to promote more sustainable catalytic reactions. In particular, I lead the theme  Oxidation chemistry in Artificial Photosynthesis but I have also explored methods for the electrochemical production of dihydrogen (see theme Reduction Reactions). In parallel, I am conducting theoretical studies (DFT and Hartree Fock) to rationalize the nature of the active species involved in the transformations we are studying and to guide the design of more efficient catalysts.

On the teaching side, I mainly work at the at IUT d'Orsay (200h a year).

Keywords :   Artificial photosynthesis / Sustainable chemistry / Bioinspired chemistry / Small molecule activation / Iron / Non innocent Ligands / Mechanism / Structure-properties relationship / Electrocatalysis / Photocatalysis / PCET / Spin / DFT / CAS / Ambiliphilic ligand / Late Transition metal / Dual catalysis / Lanthanides 

PreviouslyAfter a M2 in fine chemistry (ENSICAEN), I developped my expertise in coordination chemistry at Didier Bourissou's group (LBPB, Toulouse).  I pursued with 2 post docs in organometallic chemistry and catalysis in the groups of Alois Fürstner (Max Planck Institute, Mülheim), then Vincent Gandon (ICMMO, Orsay) where I started to practice DFT 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copper Salts as Additives in Gold(I)-Catalyzed Reactions. A. Guérinot, W. Fang, M. Sircoglou, C. Bour, S. Bezzenine-Lafollée, V. Gandon, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 5848-5852

Click Chemistry as a Convenient Tool for the Incorporation of a Ruthenium Chromophore and a Nickel–Salen Monomer into a Visible-Light-Active Assembly. C. Herrero, L. Batchelor, A. Baron, S. El Ghachtouli, S. Sheth, R. Guillot, B. Vauzeilles, M. Sircoglou, T. Mallah, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 2013, 494-499

Heterobimetallic Rare Earth–Lithium Complexes with Fewer Than Three Binaphtholates. M. Sircoglou, J. Yang, R. Guillot, S. Bezzenine-Lafollée, V. Gandon, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 2013, 2807-2811