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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


Zhang, X.; Liu, L.; López-Andarias, J.; Wang, C.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Anion-π Catalysis: Focus on Nonadjacent Stereocenters”, Helv. Chim. Acta 2018, in press.

Chuard, N.; Poblador-Bahamonde, A. I.; Zong, L.; Bartolami, E.; Hildebrandt, J.; Weigand, W.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Diselenolane-Mediated Cellular Uptake”, Chem. Sci. 2018, in press.

Morelli, P.; Bartolami, E.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Glycosylated Cell-Penetrating Poly(disulfide)s: Multifunctional Cellular Uptake at High Solubility”, Helv. Chim. Acta 2018, in press.

What's New

July: Quantitative: Sebastian Benz (chalcogen-bonding catalysis) and Le Liu (anion-π catalysis) returned with a poster award each from ESOC-20, the European Symposium on Organic Chemistry, in Cologne, Germany.

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.

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