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Our research focuses on molecular and supramolecular systems with interesting functions, supramolecular chemistry in action, at work, with emphasis on conceptual innovation, the integration of unorthodox interactions, and applications to challenges in nature. Functions of current interest include catalysis (anion-π interactions, chalcogen bonds), fluorescent probes (mechanochemistry) and cellular uptake (extreme sulfur and selenium chemistry). Click here for application information.

Latest Publications


Zhao, Y.; Cotelle, Y.; Liu, L.; López-Andarias, J.; Bornhof, A.-B.; Akamatsu, M.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “The Emergence of Anion-π Catalysis”, Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 2255-2263.

Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Conjugated Polyimine Dynamers as Phase-Sensitive Membrane Probes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 11438-11443.

Colom, A.; Derivery, E.; Soleimanpour, S.; Tomba, C.; Dal Molin, M.; Sakai, N.; González-Gaitán, M.; Matile, S.; Roux, A. “A Fluorescent Membrane Tension Probe”, Nat. Chem. 2018, in press.

What's New

Sept: Fruitful conference season: Poster awards (Anna-Bea Bornhof, EuCheMS; Rémi Martinent, Fall Meeting Swiss Chemical Society), selection for talks (Heorhii Humeniuk, CURO-π3; Antoine Goujon and Eline Bartolami, EuCheMS; Anna-Bea Bornhof, SCS Fall Meeting), travel award (Anna-Bea Bornhof, Swiss Academy of Sciences).

Aug: Fluorescent probes for membrane tension now working in cells: Nat. Chem., Nat. Cell. Biol., press releases and highlights in Chemistry World and Physics World.

June: Best Poster Awards for Antoine Goujon and Javier Lopez-Andarias at the 2018 Retreats of the NCCR Chemical Biology and the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, respectively.

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