Research director emeritus

Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 33-43, 5th floor
ARC group
Phone: 33(0)1 44 27 30 59
Fax : 33(0) 1 44 27 38 41

Research interests

Enantioselective synthesis of molecular materials. Coordination chemistry. Organometallic chemistry.

Current research

  • Optically active multifunctional materials
  • Functionalized apatites

Selected recent results

The coexistence in a material of strong magnetization (property 1) and chirality (right hand-left hand, property 2) creates a third property called magnetochiral dichroism. This is what we have just shown in a paper recently published in Nature Materials. This collaboration between chemists and physicists has made it possible to observe this property in a chiral magnet, designed and synthesized on purpose.

Magnetochiral dichroic effect: left, structure of the enantiomerically pure two-dimensional magnet; right, strong increase of the magnetochiral dichroic effect (optical measurement) in the ordered phase of the molecular magnet

Scientific career

  • Higher Technician Certificate in Chemistry 1964
  • Master’s degree in chemistry 1968
  • State doctorate thesis at GR12-CNRS under the direction of Dr. Daniel Lefort

Selected publications

  1. Enantioselective self-assembly of chiral bimetallic oxalate-based networks
    M. Gruselle, C. Train, K. Boubekeur, P. Gredin, N. Ovanesyan, Coordination Chemistry Reviews2006250, 2491.
  2. Enantiomerically pure quaternary ammonium salts with a chiral alkyl chain N(CH3)(n-C3H7)2(sec-C4H9)I : synthesis and physical studies.
    R. Gheorghe, L. M. Chamoreau, J. Kapitain ; S. N. Ovanesyan, S. M. Aldoshin, L. Hecht, L. D. Barron, C. Train, M. Gruselle.  Chirality 200820, 1085.
  3. Strong magneto-chiral dichroism in enantiopure chiral ferromagnets 
    C. Train, R. Gheorghe, V. Krstic, L. M. Chamoreau, N. S. Ovanesyan, Greet L. J. A. Rikken, M. Gruselle, M. Verdaguer. Nature Materials 20087, 729.
  4. Large Magnetization-Induced Second Harmonic Generation in an Enantiopure Chiral Magnet
    C. Train, T. Nuida, R. Gheorghe, M. Gruselle, S.-I. Ohkoshi,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009131, 16838.
  5. Sorption of tartrate ions to lanthanum (III)-modified calcium fluor- and hydroxyapatite 
    A. Aissa, M. Debbabi, M. Gruselle, R. Thouvenot, A. Flambard, P. Gredin, P. Beaunier, K. Tonsuaadu,J. Colloid and Interface Science 2009330, 20.


Chirality in Transition metal Chemistry : Molecules, Supramolecular assemblies & Materials. H. Amouri & M. Gruselle ; Wiley : Chichester, UK., Novembre 2008.