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  

Dec. 3 - Prof. Nina Hartrampf
Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich

Flow-Based Peptide Synthesis

Dec. 10 - Prof. Ainara Nova
Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Science, University of Oslo, Norway

CO2 Hydrogenation Reactions on Metal-Organic Frameworks: Challenges and Opportunities


Latest Publications


  1. Regiodivergent Synthesis of Pyrazino-Indolines vs. Triazocines via α-Imino Carbenes Addition to Imidazolidines
    Guarnieri-Ibáñez, A.; de Aguirre Fondevila, A.; Besnard, C.; Poblador Bahamonde, A. I.; Lacour, J.
    Chem. Sci., in press
  1. Inhibitors of Thiol-Mediated Uptake
    Cheng, Y.; Pham, A.-T.; Kato, T.; Lim, B.; Moreau, D.; López-Andarias, J.; Zong, L.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S.
    Chem. Sci., in press
  1. Pnictogen-Bonding Catalysis:  An Interactive Tool to Uncover Unorthodox Mechanisms in Polyether Cascade Cyclizations
    Paraja, M.; Gini, A.; Sakai, N.; Matile, S.
    Chem. Eur. J. 2020, 26, 15471-15475