Research director, HDR

Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 33-43, 5th floor
ARC group
Phone: 33(0)1 44 27 30 83
Fax: 33(0) 1 44 27 38 41

Research interests

Chirality, organometallic chemistry and coordination, luminescent coordination networks, luminescent carbene complexes, nanocages and coordination polymers.

Current research

  • Chirality: from mononuclear to polynuclear systems.
  • Luminescent coordination networks: networks built with organometallic ligands.
  • Coordination complexes with luminescent carbene ligands.
  • Organometallic chemistry of Cp*M fragments (M=Ru, Rh, Ir): Stabilization of reactive intermediates and asymmetric catalysis.
  • Nanocages and confined environment chemistry.

Selected recent results

  • Chiral and luminescent Pt(II) complexes
  • Ir(III) and Pt(II) complexes with luminescent carbene ligands
  • Self-assembly of Pd(II) and Pt(II) nanocapsules.
  • Chiral octahedral assemblies with organometallic ligands.

Scientific career

  • Ph.D. in chemistry 1987, subject: Homogeneous catalysis (hydrogenation), Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg) Thesis director: Professor John A. Osborn.
  • Post-doctoral training 1988, subject : Activation of C-H bonding by transtion metal hydride complexes, ICSN Gif sur Yvette, under the supervision of Dr Hugh Felkin.
  • Post-doctoral fellowship 1992, subject : Oligocyclopentadienyl metal complexes as electron transfer reagents, UC-Berkeley (USA), under the supervision of Prof. K. Peter, C. Vollhardt, and M. M. B. K. Peter, C. Vollhardt.
  • Head of the ARC group ” ARChitectures Moléculaires : Auto-Assemblage, Reconnaissance et Chiralité ” in the IPCM UMR 7201. Since 01/2009.

Selected publications

  1. H. Sesolis, J. Dubarle-Offner, C. K. M. Chan, E. Puig, G. Gontard, P. Winter, A. L. Cooksy, V. W.W. Yam*, and H. Amouri*. Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22, 8032. Cover Picture. Highlighted on CNRS website Oct. 2016. Highly Phosphorescent Crystals of Square Planar Pt (R-terpy) Complexes with Chiral Organometallic Linkers : Homochiral versus Heterochiral Arrangements, Induced Circular Dichroism and TD-DFT Calculations.
  2. P.-H. Lanoë, J. Chan, G. Gontard, F. Monti, N. Armaroli, A. Barbieri*, and H. Amouri*. Eur J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 1631. Cover picture. Deep-red phosphorescent Iridium(III) complexes with chromophoric N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands : Design, photophysical properties and TD-DFT calculations.
  3. J. Moussa, A. Loch, L.-M. Chamoreau, A. Degli Esposti, E. Bandini, A. Barbieri*, and H. Amouri*. Inorg Chem. 2017, 56, 2050. Luminescent cyclometalated platinum(II) complexes with π-bonded catecholate organometallic ligands.
  4. J. Moussa,* K. Haddouche, L.-M. Chamoreau, H. Amouri* and J. A. G. Williams Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 12644. New N^C^N-coordinated Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes of a tridentate N-heterocyclic carbene ligand featuring a 6-membered central ring : synthesis, structures and luminescence.
  5. J.-P. Tranchier, J. Dubarle-Offner, L. Peyroux, G. Gontard, T. Riedel, P. J. Dyson, and H. Amouri* Synlett 2015, 26, 1563. Iridium-stabilized π-Selenocyclohexadienyls : Synthesis, Molecular Structure and Cytotoxicity.
  6. C. Desmarets*, G. Gontard, A. L. Cooksy, M. N. Rager and H. Amouri* Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 4287. Encapsulation of a Metal Complex within a Self-Assembled Nanocage : Synergy Effects, Molecular Structures and DFT Calculations.
  7. A. Damas, M. Pia Gullo, M. N. Rager, A. Jutand, A. Barbieri, H. Amouri* Chem. Comm. 2013, 49, 3796. Near-infrared room temperature emission from a novel class of Ru(II) heteroleptic complexes with quinonoid organometallic linker.
  8. H. Amouri*, C. Desmarets and J. Moussa. Chem. Rev. 2012, 112, 2015. Confined Nanospaces in Metallo-Cages : Guest Molecules, Weakly Encapsulated Anions and Catalyst Sequestration.