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. 9 - Graham Ellis
Senior Director in Product Safety, Ingredient registration and Biodiversity at Firmenich

Défis réglementaires dans le développement de nouveaux produits chimiques pour l'industrie de la parfumerie et des arômes
(ScG conference) • 17:30 • lecture theatre A100 info

Dec. 13 - Prof. Michael Willis
University of Oxford, UK

New Reactions and Catalysis for Sulfur Functional Groups
14:15 • lecture theatre A100 info

Dec. 13 - Daniele Fiorito

Alkenes and 1,3-Dienes as Platforms for Selective Transition Metal Catalysis
(thesis defense) • 16:30 •  info


Latest Publications


  1. Merging polyacenes and cationic helicenes: from weak to intense chiroptical properties in the far red region
    Duwald, R.; Bosson, J.; Pascal, S.; Grass, S.; Zinna, F.; Besnard, C.; Di Bari, L.; Jacquemin, D.; Lacour, J.
    Chem. Sci., in press
  1. Circularly polarized luminescence from intramolecular excimers
    Zinna, F.; Brun, E.; Homberg, A.; Lacour, J.
    In Circularly Polarized Luminescence of Isolated Small Organic Molecules; Mori, T. (Ed.); Springer: Singapore, 2020
  1. Small-molecule modulators of the ATPase VCP/p97 affect specific p97 cellular functions
    Figuerola-Conchas, A.; Saarbach, J.; Daguer, J.-P.; Cieren, A.; Barluenga, S.; Winssinger, N.; Gotta, M.
    ACS Chem. Biol., in press