Research Director

Sorbonne Université
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 32-42, 4th floor, office 406
eMOCA group 
Phone : +33 (0) 1 44 27 27 34

Research keywords

Electrochemistry; O2 and CO2 activation; in-situ and operando spectro-electrochemistry

Current research

Her research focus on electrochemical O2 activation by bio-inspired Fe/Mn-complexes. This includes preparation, characterization and studies of the reactivity of Fe/Mn-(hydro)peroxo, -oxo, -superoxo complexes. Electrocatalytic oxidation and halogenation of organic substrates.

Her research also involves electrochemical activation of CO2 using Fe porphyrins, and detection of reactive intermediate species using in-situ and operando spectro-electrochemical methods including UV-Visible, IR and XAS (collaboration with Dr. Benedikt Lassalle at SOLEIL Synchrotron).

Scientific career

Elodie Anxolabéhère received her Ph.D in Molecular Electrochemistry from the University Paris 7 Diderot in 1991.

She was appointed CNRS researcher at UMR 8182-ICMMO University Paris-Sud-P11 (1992-2008) where she first got interested in artificial photosynthesis and started to work on OEC structural and functional models complexes focusing on electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of reactive species such as M-oxo and M-peroxo intermediates (M = Mn, Fe).

She was visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (1997-1999) and Stanford University (1998-1999) where she had the opportunity to study both natural and model systems using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.

In 2008 she joined the Laboratoire d’Electrochimie Moléculaire UMR 7591 and headed it from July 2016 to August 2024.

In 2024 she joined eMOCA team at IPCM.

She is currently Research Director at CNRS.

Selected publications (2018-2022)

  • In situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy in Homogeneous Conditions Reveals Interactions Between CO2 and a Doubly and Triply Reduced Iron(III) Porphyrin, then Leading to Catalysis D. Mendoza, S.-T. Dong, N. Kostopoulos, V. Pinty, O. Rivada-Wheelaghan, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, M. Robert, B.Lassalle-Kaiser ChemCatChem, 2022, e202201298
  • Electrochemical Formation and Reactivity of a Mn-Peroxo Complex Bearing an Amido N5 Ligand. A. Massie, N. Kostopoulos, E.N. Grotemeyer, J.-M. Noël, T.A. Jackson, E.Anxolabéhère-Mallart ChemElectroChem 2022, 9,  e20220011
  • Heterolytic O-O bond cleavage upon single electron transfer to a nonheme Fe(III)?OOH complex A. Bohn, K.Senechal-David, J.-N. Rebilly, C. Herrero, W. Leibl, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, F. Banse Chemistry − A European Journal, 2022,28, e2022016
  • Modulating alkene reactivity from oxygenation to halogenation via electrochemical O2 activation by Mn porphyrin N. Kostopoulos, F. Banse, C. Fave, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart Chem. Comm., 2021, 57, 1198-1201
  • Molecular catalysis of CO2 reduction: recent advances and perspectives in electrochemical and light-driven processes with selected Fe, Ni and Co aza macrocyclic and polypyridine complexes E. Boutin,  L. Merakeb,  B. Ma,  B. Boudy,  M. Wang,  J. Bonin,  E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart and  M. Robert Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, 49, 5772-5809 (Open Access).
  • Electrocatalytic O2 Activation by Fe Tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin in Acidic Organic Media. Evidence of High-Valent Fe Oxo Species N. Kostopoulos; C. Achaibou; J.-M. Noël; F. Kanoufi; M. Robert; C. Fave and E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 16, 11577–11583.
  • Probing the activity of Fe-peroxo porphyrin intermediates in reaction layer during electrochemical reductive activation of O2 J.-M. Noël; N. Kostopoulos; C. Achaibou; C. Fave; E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart; F. Kanoufi, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020.
  • Bioinspired molecular catalysts for homogenous electrochemical activation of dioxygen E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, F.Banse,Current Opinion In Electrochemistry, 2019, 15, 118-124
  • Molecular Electrochemical Catalysis of the CO2-to-CO Conversion with a Co Complex: A Cyclic Voltammetry Mechanistic Investigation C. Cometto, L. Chen, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, C. Fave, Tai-Chu Lau, M. Robert Organometallics, 2019, 38, 6, 1280-1285
  • Small-molecule activation with iron porphyrins using electrons, photons and protons: some recent advances and future strategies  E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, J. Bonin, C. Fave, M. RobertDalton Trans., 2019, 48, 5869-5878.