Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Inorganic Chemistry

Head : Ally Aukauloo
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Tél. : +33 1 69 15 47 49


The team focuses on the development of materials that possess original and smart chemical and physical properties in order to address societal challenges in the area of sustainable energy, information storage, new electronic materials and medicine. We design materials at the molecular and the nanometric scale using organic chemistry, coordination chemistry and soft chemistry. Our team consists in 7 groups with a particular research area.


In addition to the characterization tools usually used in chemistry, the team is a regular user of large instruments : SOLEIL (Gif-sur-Yvette) and ESRF (Grenoble) synchrotrons, the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (Grenoble) et le National High Magnetic Field Lab (Tallahassee, USA). We rely on theoretical calculations (ab initio, DFT) to rationalize our experimental results and as guide for the design of new systems with targeted chemical and physical properties.


The main challenges currently adressed by the team are :

  • developing efficient molecular catalysts for the selective reduction of CO2 (in a first place to CO),
  • achieving the reductive activation of dioxygen via the modulation of molecular and supramolecular properties of non-heme Fe complexes for the development of electro-assisted oxidation catalysis,
  • developing a new transition metal K-edge X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroïsm tool that enables reaching a photomagnetic effect at room temperature for high-density information storage,
  • achieving fundamental study of new materials exhibiting properties induced by the collective behavior of magnetic nanoparticles,
  • designing single layers of switchable molecules in contact with metallic surface that can be addressed by an electric field,
  • designing coordination complexes that behave as qubits for quantum computing devices,
  • developing new conducting/ferromagnetic two-dimensional (2D) coordination networks,
  • designing coordination nanoparticles for theranostics and gas sensors,
  • designing suitable photochromic molecular systems (i) for the photo-regulation of the concentration of different metal ions, in particular those involved in various biological processes, and (ii) as spacers in light-controlled spintronic devices,
  • designing and synthesising of ring-like conjugated molecules as precursors for the total synthesis of carbon
    nanotubes with targeted electronic properties.

The Inorganic Chemistry Team is composed of 18 permanent members (10 from Université Paris-Sud et 8 from CNRS). 17 PhD students et 5 post-doctorates are currently working in the team.

Head : Prof. Ally AUKAULOO ( /


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Lanthanide and transition-metal containing complexes for quantum information


Spin crossover complexes for molecular electronics


Redox-active lanthanide complexes



Last update on November 3rd 2023