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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

Benz, S.; Mareda, J.; Besnard, C.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Catalysis with Chalcogen Bonds:  Neutral Benzodiselenazole Scaffolds with High-Precision Selenium Donors of Variable Strength”, Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 8164-8169.

López-Andarias, J.; Frontera, A.; Matile, S. “Anion-π Catalysis on Fullerenes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 13296-13299.

Liu, L.; Cotelle, Y.; Bornhof, A.-B.; Besnard, C.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S. “Anion-π Catalysis of Diels-Alder Reactions”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 13066-13069.

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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