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, Dr. 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 Wei-Yang (the forthfrom the left) who successfully defended is Ph. D. on the 22nd of September! He presented his three years work dealing with chiral phosphoric acids catalyzed cycloadditions towards azacycles.

This title was granted by a jury comprising from left to right by the president Dr. Jerôme Hannedouche, Prof. Philippe Belmont, Prof. Xavier Moreau, Dr. Marc Presset, Dr. Erica Benedetti and Dr. Géraldine Masson. Dr. Luc Neuville was invited to seat by their side.

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Congratulation to Thomas who participated the 59th edition of the SECO (Semaine d’Études en Chimie Organique - Week of Organic Chemistry Studies) in Londes-les-Maures (France).

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October 3rd: Welcome to Lorenzo Di Terlizzi, our new visiting Ph. D. candidate from the Maurizio Fagnoni group ! He is going to work on photocatalysis in the team !

October 1st:  Today the team is glad to welcome two new Ph. D. candidate. Emeric is going to work on tetrazines and heptazines photocatalysis whereas Emma will focus on asymetric organocatalysis.

September 22nd:  Wei-Yang successfully defended his Ph. D. dealing with the enantioselective synthesis of diverses azacycles. He will continue his work with chiral phosphoric acids in the team as a postdoctoral fellow. Well done Dr. Ma !

July 23rd:  Emeric finish is second internship in our team. But he is going back soon in the group to begin his Ph. D.

July 9th:  Condratulation to Thomas and Damien who reported a TBADT-photocatalyzed dearomatizasion of indoles to access to C2-acylated indolines in Chemistry - A European Journal !

June 24th:  Goodbye to Claire who finished today her visiting period in the group. The whole team welcome you back in Scotland and wish the best for your career !

June 16th:  Franck finished his postdoc in the team to continue is career in the industry. We wish you all the best for your future !

June 3rd:  Do you want to learn more about asymetric visible-light photoredox catalysis ? Check the book chapter dedicated to this topic in Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis (4th ed.) we recently written out. Condratulation to Jiyuan for this work !

May 15th:  Condratulation to Marine who delivered an oral communication at the 59th edition of the SECO !

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.