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Director, Full Professor

Sorbonne Université,
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5

Tower 43-44, 5th Floor
E-POM Team

Tel:(+33) (0)1 44 27 30 34


Research interests:

Molecular inorganic chemistry, atom transfer reactions, electron transfer reactions, solar energy conversion, molecular electronics and nanosciences
Polyoxometalates (POMs), transition metal and organometallic derivatives of POMs, organic-inorganic POM based hybrids, POMs as redox mediators / electron reservoirs

Current research:

  • Functionalization of polyoxometalates (POMs)
  • Transition metal derivatives of POMs for CO2 activation
  • Amphiphilic POMs, catalysis and self-assembly
  • POMs processing, immobilization on various substrates
  • POMs interfacial layers for opto-electronics
  • Binary assemblies of POMs and nanocrystals
  • Charge transport behavior of POMs layers toward molecular electronics

Education and academic career

  • 2007-2011: Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)
  • 2000-: Full Professor UPMC
  • 1999: Habilitation UPMC
  • 1993- 2000: Assistant and associate Professor UPMC
  • 1993: Post-doctoral fellow, Prof. Dr. A. Müller, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • 1992: Ph.D. UPMC (Supervisor Prof. P. Gouzerh)
  • 1987-91: Undergraduate studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

Selected publications:

  1. Electron Transfer Properties of a Monolayer of Hybrid Polyoxometalates on Silicon
    F. Volatron, J.-M. Noël, C. Rinfray, P. Decorse, C. Combellas, F. Kanoufi, A. Proust
    J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 6266-6275.
  2. Covalent amphiphilic polyoxometalates for the design of biphasic microemulsion systems
    V. Jallet, G. Guillemot, J. Lai, P. Bauduin, V. Nardello-Rataj, A. Proust
    Chem. Commun., 2014, 6610-6612.
  3. Electro-assisted Reduction of CO2 to CO and Formaldehyde by the (TOA)6[α-SiW11O39Co(_)] Polyoxometalate
    M. Girardi, S. Blanchard, S. Griveau, P. Simon, M. Fontecave, F. Bedioui, A. Proust
    Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2015, 3642-3648.
  4. Electrografting of Diazonium post-functionalized Polyoxometalates: Synthesis, Immobilization and Electron Transfer Characterization from Glassy Carbon
    C. Rinfray, G. Izzet, J. Pinson, S. Gam Derouich, C. Combellas, F. Kanoufi, A. Proust
    Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 13838-13846.
  5. Charge Photo-Accumulation and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Activity Under Visible Light in an Iridium(III)-Photosensitized Polyoxotungstate
    B. Matt, J. Fize, J. Moussa, H. Amouri, V. Artero, G. Izzet, A. Proust
    Energy and Environmental Science, 2013, 6, 10504-1508.
  6. Functionalization and post-functionalization a step towards polyoxometalate-based materials
    A. Proust, B. Matt, R. Villanneau, G. Guillemot, P. Gouzerh, G. Izzet
    Chem. Soc. Rev. Themed issue on Polyoxometalates, on invitation, 2012, 41, 7605-7622.
  7. Bifunctional Polyoxometalates for planar gold surfaces nanostructuration
    D. Mercier, S. Boujday, C. Annabi, R. Villanneau, C.-M. Pradier, A. Proust
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 13217-13224.
  8. Polyoxometalates: Powerful Catalysts for Atom-Efficient Cyclopropanations
    I. Boldini, G. Guillemot, A. Caselli, A. Proust, E. Gallo
    Adv. Synth. Catal, 2010, 352, 2365-2370.
  9. Surface Organization of Polyoxometalate Hybrids Steered by a 2D Supramolecular PTCDI/Melamine Network
    A. Lombana, C. Rinfray, F. Volatron, G. Izzet, N. Battaglini, S. Alves, P. Decorse, P. Lang, A. Proust
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120, 2837-2845.
  10. Functionalization of polyoxometalates: towards advanced applications in catalysis and materials science
    A. Proust, R. Thouvenot, P. Gouzerh
    Chem. Commun., Feature article, 2008, 1837-1852.
  11. Synthesis, Characterization of the Keggin type Ruthenium-Nitrido Derivative [PW11O39{RuN}]4- and Evidence of its Electrophilic Reactivity
    V. Lahootun, C. Besson, R. Villanneau, F. Villain, L.-M. Chamoreau, K. Boubekeur, S. Blanchard, R. Thouvenot , A. Proust
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 7127-7135.
  12. Framework fluxionality of organometallic oxides : Structural and EXAFS characterizations and DFT calculations on [{Ru(η6-arene)}4Mo4O16] complexes
    D. Laurencin, E. Garcia Fiadalgo, R. Villanneau, F. Villain, P. Herson, J. Pacifico, H. Stoeckli-Evans, M. Bénard, M.-M. Rohmer, G. Süss-Fink, A. Proust
    Chem. Eur. J., 2004, 10, 208-217.
  13. Tailor-made covalent organic-inorganic polyoxometalate hybrids: versatile platforms for the elaboration of functional molecular architectures
    G. Izzet, F. Volatron, A. Proust
    Chem. Record., 2017, 17, 250-266.