The Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Geneva enjoys international recognition for a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. According to relevant statistics, it ranks among the very best in Switzerland.

The research activities in the Department focus on the key expertise of the organic chemist, that is the ability to transform matter and to create and study new molecules and supramolecular architectures with relevance in biological, pharmaceutical, medicinal or materials sciences. Unifying “hard” science with “artistic” creativity in a unique manner, this distinguishing ability is and will always be needed to maintain our quality of life (more than one third of Swiss exports), to tackle the challenges facing our society with regard to energy (e.g., solar energy conversion), environment (e.g., green processing) and public health (e.g., drug resistance), and to realize scientific key discoveries.

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Next Conferences

  Complet schedule 

Apr. 06, 2023 - David Procter
University of Manchester, Department of Chemistry
From sulfonium salts to samarium catalysis: new radical chemistry for synthesis
16:30 • Sciences II, Auditoire A-100 •  info

Apr. 13, 2023 - Prof. Frédéric Taran
Bioorganic and Labelling Chemistry Department Paris-Saclay University, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
Mesoionic Compounds: New Tools for Click Chemistry and Chemical Biology
16:30 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info


Latest Publications


  1. Tetrel-Centered Exchange Cascades to Decouple Inhibition and Induction of Thiol-Mediated Uptake:  Introducing Cell-Penetrating Thiolactones, Focus on Reversible Michael Acceptor Dimers
    Lim, B.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S.
    Helv. Chim. Acta, in press
  1. The Origin of Anion−π Autocatalysis
    Gutiérrez López, M. Á.; Tan, M.-L.; Frontera, A.; Matile, S.
    JACS Au, in press
  1. Fluorescent Flippers:  Small-Molecule Probes to Image Membrane Tension in Living Systems
    Chen, X.-X.; Bayard, F.; Gonzalez-Sanchis, N.; Pamungkas, K. K. P.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in press