Associate professor

Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 32-42, 5th floor, office 518
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Phone : 33(0)1 44 27 31 78

Research interests

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

Current research

  • Functionalization of unactivated C–H bonds
  • Catalytic silylation and borylation of C–H bonds.
  • Catalysis with s-block metals
  • 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

  • Silylation of Allylic C(sp3)–H Bonds Enabled by the Catalytic Generation of Allylpotassium Complexes, X. Zhang, L. Fensterbank, C. Chauvier*, ACS Catal. 202313, 16207–16214.
  • Organopotassium-Catalyzed Silylation of Benzylic C(sp3)−H Bonds, B. Neil, L. Saadi, L. Fensterbank, C. Chauvier*, Angew Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, e202306115. (Hot Paper & among the most read in June 2023)
  • N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes: Dual Reagents for the Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles, L. Hippolyte, O. Sadek, S. Ba Sowid, A. Porcheron, N. Bridonneau, S. Blanchard, M. Desage-El Murr, D. Gatineau, Y. Gimbert, D. Mercier, P. Marcus C. Chauvier, C. Chanéac, F. Ribot,* L. Fensterbank* Chem. Eur. J. 2023, e202301610.
  • Transition-Metal-Free Silylation of Unactivated C(sp2)–H Bonds with tert-Butyl-Substituted Silyldiazenes, B. Neil, F. Lucien, L. Fensterbank, C. Chauvier*, ACS Catal. 202111, 13085-13090.