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  

Oct. 28 - Prof. Juan Granja
Department of Organic Chemistry, Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CIQUS) University of Santiago de Compostela Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Cyclic Peptides: Building Blocks for Hollow Supramolecular Architectures
13:30 • lecture theatre A300, ZOOM or LIVE depending on situation •  info

Oct. 28 - Heorhii Humeniuk
Université de Genève

Supramolecular Systems Operating in Lipid Bilayer Membranes
(thesis defense) • 15:30 • lecture theatre A300, ZOOM or LIVE depending on situation •  info

Nov. 4 - Prof. Jeremy A. May
Department of Chemistry, University of Houston

Synthetic Discoveries from Polycyclic Natural Products
16:30 • lecture theatre A100, ZOOM or LIVE depending on situation •  info


Latest Publications


  1. Straightforward Synthesis of Indenes by Gold-Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydroalkylation of Ynamides
    Thilmany, P.; Guarnieri-Ibáñez, A.; Jacob, C.; Lacour, J.; Evano, G.
    ACS Org. Inorg. Au, in press
  1. Photocatalysis in Chemical Biology: Extending the Scope of Optochemical Control and Towards New Frontiers in Semisynthetic Bioconjugates and Biocatalysis
    Winssinger, N.; Liu, W.; Watson, E.
    Helv. Chim. Acta, in press
  1. Dithiolane quartets: thiol-mediated uptake enables cytosolic delivery in deep tissue
    Martinent, R.; Tawffik, S.; López-Andarias, J.; Moreau, D.; Laurent, Q.; Matile, S.
    Chem. Sci., in press