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Sustainable Homogeneous Catalysis with Base Metal Complexes



Lab: LCC

Duration: NanoX master Internship (8 months part-time in-lab immersion)
6 months full-time internship

Latest starting date: 01/03/2022

Localisation: LCC-CNRS – Toulouse University Paul Sabatier
205 route de Narbonne - BP44099
31077 Toulouse cedex 4 - FRANCE

Jean-Baptiste Sortais, Prof.
Stéphanie Bastin, Dr.

This research master's degree project could be followed by a PhD

Work package:
Homogeneous catalysis is a pillar of modern tools in organic synthesis. Moving towards a more sustained use of our planet resources, a great current challenge consists in the replacement of the precious and rarefying noble metals in catalytic systems by their inexpensive, earth-abundant and less toxic first row congeners (also named as “base-metals”). The host group has a long-standing experience in homogeneous catalysis with base metals directed toward sustainable transformation such as C-H activation,[1] hydrogen borrowing reactions[2] and hydrogenation.[3] For all these transformations, the key to success is the rational design of ligands to confer nobility to non-noble transition metals. The objective of this internship will be to develop highly efficient catalysts based on iron, manganese and cobalt supported by innovative non-innocent ligands for green transformations (valorisation of bio-resources by hydrogen borrowing, hydrogenation or C-H functionalisation).

[1] T. Dombray, C. G. Werncke, S. Jiang, M. Grellier, L. Vendier, S. Bontemps, J.-B. Sortais, S. Sabo-Etienne, C. Darcel, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4062-4065. [2] A. Bruneau-Voisine, L. Pallova, S. Bastin, V. César, J.-B. Sortais, Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 314-317. [3] R. Buhaibeh, O. A. Filippov, A. Bruneau-Voisine, J. Willot, C. Duhayon, D. A. Valyaev, N. Lugan, Y. Canac, J.-B. Sortais, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 6727-6731.

Areas of expertise:
Homogeneous catalysis, Coordination chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Earth abundant transition metals.

Required skills for the internship:
Organic chemistry, coordination chemistry