Welcome to the Masson group!

Led by passionate organic chemists, our group has developed a strong expertise in catalysis over the years. We tend to explore diverse ways to improve the efficiency and the selectivity of chemical reactions. Our favorite research areas include  chiral phosphoric acids and phosphate salts organocatalyses, metallo- and organophotoredox reactions as well as applications of electrochemistry in organic synthesis. Involved in both catalysts design and elaboration of original reactivities, we take advantage of these new synthetic tools to work on the synthesis of natural and bioactive products. Our fundamental and academical research focus proceeds together with more applied realizations thanks to industrial partnerships.


Discover the POWER of catalysis by checking our Research and our Publications pages!

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The POWER team (April 2022)

From left to right, first row: Dr. Florent Noël, Aurélien Brion and Marine Lombard;

second row: Damien Bouchet, Dr. Géraldine Masson, Wei-Yang Ma, Dr. Claire Young,, Dr. Luc Neuville, Dr. Aurélie Claraz, Matteo Leone and Emeric Montinho-Inacio


The HitCat Labcom members (April 2022)

From left to right,: Dr. Luc Neuville, Hugo Pierre, Dr. Gérard Guillamot, Dr. Géraldine Masson and Dr. Franck Le Vaillant


Congratulations to Thomas (the third from the left) who successfully defended is Ph. D. on the 10th of December! He presented his three years work dealing with chiral phosphoric acids- and photoredox catalysis.

This title was granted by a jury comprising from left to right by the president Prof. Xavier Moreau, Dr. Géraldine Masson, Prof. Isabelle Chataignier, Dr. Maxime Vitale and Prof. Louis Fensterbank as well as Prof. Philippe Renaud from University of Bernes on the screen.,


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Congratulation to Thomas who won the Guy Ourisson prize from the DCO rewarding the best oral communication  on the occasion of the 58th edition of the SECO (Semaine d’Études en Chimie Organique - Week of Organic Chemistry Studies) in Bussang (France).

April 12th:  Congratulation to Wei-Yang and Emeric who disclosed a new asymetric synthesis of isothioureas and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinolines via a cycloaddition catalyzed by chiral phosphoric acids in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.

April 4th:  We are glad to welcome Dr. Claire Young who is coming from the Andrew Smith group at University of St Andrews (Scotland) as a visiting post-doctoral fellow. She will truc to merge photocatalysis with isothioureas chemistry.


March 25th:  Today was the last day of Daniel's visit in ours team. We whish you good luck for tour coming doctoral studies !

March 1st:  Welcome to Hugo our new Ph. D. student who is going to work in the HitCat joint lab our collaborative initiative with Sequens !


February 13th:  Today, Daniel arrived in the group from Germany as a visiting student. He is going to develop asymmetric cycloaddition. Welcome in the team!


January 24th:  We are glad to welcome back Emeric for his second internship in the team! He is going to work on organophotoredox and asymmetric photocatalusis.

December 31st:  Goodbye to Thomas who finished is Ph. D.! The whole team whishe you good luck for your postdoc and your future. We hope you will pursue a great carreer in organic chemistry!

December 21st: Interested in electrochemistry? Read our new review about C-C bonds formations throuhg cathodic reaction in ACS Org. Inorg. Au!


December 10th:  Thomas defended his thesis with success! Well done Doctor Varlet and good luck for your postdoc in Germany! The whole team whish you the best.

December 3rd:  Arpan finished is postdoc in the group. The whole team whish him the best for his future and career!


December 1st:  The team is glad to welcome Florent, our new postdoctoral fellow ! He is going to work on electrochemistry.