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Our research focuses on design, synthesis and study of organic functional systems; emphasis is on conceptual innovation - integrating unorthodox interactions and addressing lessons from and challenges in nature - for broad applications such as cellular uptake, fluorescent probes or catalysis.  Click here for details.

Latest Publications


Neuhaus, F.; Zobi, F.; Brezesinski, G.; Dal Molin, M.; Matile, S.; Zumbuehl, A. “Correlation of Surface Pressure and Hue of Planarizable Push-Pull Chromophores at the Air/Water Interface”, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2017, 13, 1099-1105.

Akamatsu, M.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Electric-Field-Assisted Anion-π Catalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 6558-6561.

Zong#, L.; Bartolami#, E.; Abegg, D.; Adibekian, A.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Epidithiodiketopiperazines: Strain-Promoted Thiol-Mediated Cellular Uptake at the Highest Tension”, ACS Cent. Sci. 2017, 3, 449-453.

What's New

March: Our alumni Javier Montenegro and Toshihide Takeuchi received a young investigators award from human frontier science program. Congratulations!

Feb: Javier Lopez received a prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) grant from the EC (Horizon 2020) in support of his research on catalysis with chalcogen bonds.

Dec: Press release on the hidden face of sulfur, catalysis with chalcogen bonds, published in Angew. Chem., reported in RTS, Le Temps, 20 Minutes and Tribune de Genève.

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