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

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May 30, 2024 - Jordi Bures
University of Manchester, England
Better Understanding for Better Reactions
16:30 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info

Jun. 03, 2024 - Charlotte Williams
Oxford University
Using Catalysis to Make and Recycle Polymers
16:30 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info

Jun. 10, 2024 - Pascal Miéville
PhD, Executive director, EPFL Swiss cat+ West Hub, Lausanne
Digital chemistry: the dual impact of algorithmic and automation illustrated by Swiss Cat+
17:30 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info

Jun. 13, 2024 - Moshe Kol
Raymond and Beverly Sackler, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University
Poly(lactic acid) - circular economy with new catalysts
14:15 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info

Jun. 20, 2024 - Miriam Unterlass
University Konstanz
Title Coming Soon
16:30 • Sciences II, A-100 •  info


Latest Publications


  1. Core-Alkynylated Fluorescent Flippers:  Altered Ultrafast Photophysics to Track Thick Membranes
    Puji Pamungka, K. K.; Fureraj, I.; Assies, L.; Sakai, N.; Mercier, V.; Chen, X.-X.; Vauthey, E.; Matile, S.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in press
  1. Polycyclic Pyrazolidines by Tandem Diazomalonate Dipolar Cycloadditions and CpRu-Catalyzed Carbene Additions
    Montagnon, C.; Bultel, J. R.; Besnard, C.; Guénée, L.; Lacour, J.
    Chem. Eur. J., in press
  1. Fluorescent Membrane Probes Obey the Israelachvili Rules
    Bayard, F.; Matile, S.
    Helv. Chim. Acta 2024, 107, e202400062