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Sorbonne Université,
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5

Office 518

Couloir 32-42 5ème étage

Tel : 33(0)1 44 27 31 78



Research interests

Organic and organometallic chemistry, Homogeneous catalysis, Main group chemistry (boron and silicon).

Current research

  • Chemistry of N–Si and N–B compounds
  • Catalytic silylation and borylation of C–H bonds.
  • Halide-free and metal-free nanoparticles synthesis

Scientific career

  • Since 01/2020: Associate Professor (Maître de conférences), Sorbonne Université, IPCM, UMR 8232, Paris, France.
  • 2018-2019: Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (Host: Prof. Martin Oestreich’s research group). Collaboration with Prof. Stefan Hecht at Humboldt Universität, Berlin.
  • 2014-2017: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA Saclay), France (advisor: Dr Thibault Cantat).
  • 2010-2014: Studies in Chemistry at École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay

Selected publications

  1. Transition-Metal-Free Silylation of Unactivated C(sp2)–H Bonds with tert-Butyl-Substituted Silyldiazenes, B. Neil, F. Lucien, L. Fensterbank, C. Chauvier, ACS Catalysis 2021, 11, 13085-13090. Link
  2. Catalytic Disproportionation of Formic Acid to Methanol by using Recyclable Silylformates, C. Chauvier, A. Imberdis, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 14019-14023.
  3. Autocatalytic Carbonyl Arylation through In Situ Release of Aryl Nucleophiles from N‐Aryl‐N′‐Silyldiazenes, C. Chauvier, L. Finck, E. Irran, M. Oestreich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 12337-12341.
  4. General Synthesis and Optical Properties of N-Aryl-N′-Silyldiazenes, C. Chauvier*, L. Finck, S. Hecht and M. Oestreich*. Organometallics, 2019, 38, 4679-4686.
  5. Iron-Catalyzed Silylation of Alcohols by Transfer Hydrosilylation with Silyl Formates, T. Godou, C. Chauvier, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat, Synlett 2017, 28, 2473-2477.
  6. Silylation of O–H bonds by catalytic dehydrogenative and decarboxylative coupling of alcohols with silyl formates, C. Chauvier, T. Godou, T. Cantat, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 11697-11700.
  7. A Viewpoint on Chemical Reductions of Carbon–Oxygen Bonds in Renewable Feedstocks Including CO2 and Biomass, C. Chauvier, T. Cantat, ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 2107–2115.
  8. Silyl Formates as Surrogates of Hydrosilanes and Their Application in the Transfer Hydrosilylation of Aldehydes, C. Chauvier, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat, Angew. Chem Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 14096-14100.
  9. Metal-free Disproportionation of Formic Acid Mediated by Organoboranes, C. Chauvier, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat, Chem. Sci. 2016, 7, 5680-5685.
  10. Metal-free Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid to H2 and CO2 Using Boron-Based Catalysts, C. Chauvier, A. Tlili, C. D. N. Gomes, P. Thuéry and T. Cantat, Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 2938-2942.
  11. Fast and Highly Chemoselective Alkynylation of Thiols with Hypervalent Iodine Reagents Enabled through a Low Energy Barrier Concerted Mechanism, R. Frei, M. D. Wodrich, D. P. Hari, P.-A. Borin, C. Chauvier, J. Waser, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16563-16573.