Rémi Blieck joins the ROCS team

© Rémi Blieck

Rémi Blieck, CNRS research fellow, is a specialist in catalytic systems based on the use of non-noble metals, asymmetric catalysis for the synthesis of compounds of interest.

What are the best memories of your scientific career?

I have many vivid memories of the different parts of a researcher’s work. I’ll long remember the first positive result of my thesis, on copper-catalyzed hydroamination of allenes, a result that took a few months to appear! It was this moment that made me want to join academic research. One of my other fond memories is organizing the Journées Méditerranéennes des Jeunes Chercheurs. I really enjoyed organizing this event with other PhD students and seeing the impact it had on the community. Finally, during my post-doctorates, I was able to get more and more involved in supervising trainees and a few PhD students, and it’s always a great pleasure to see them evolve, take ownership of their subject and support their work.

What led you to join IPCM?

As I said, my thesis convinced me to try and enter the academic world, which was reinforced by my various post-docs. In 2021, I was looking for a research team to support my application to the CR competition and I contacted Alejandro Perez-Luna because of his work in organometallics. We quickly realized that there was a strong match between my skills and the areas of research the team wanted to develop. This match led naturally to the creation of a research project to be submitted to the CNRS.

What are your short-term scientific projects and long-term dreams?

My scientific project focuses on the synthesis of new organo-germyl compounds. Initially, I want to study the synthesis of original precursors, so as to be able to rapidly evaluate their use in simple reactions. Once efficient precursors have been identified and mastered, more complex reactions are envisaged, in particular the implementation of enantioselective processes. To this end, I’d like to use strategies combining radical chemistry and organometallic catalysis, in particular with copper, a metal for which I have a particular attachment. Indeed, its redox properties allow it to play many roles in reaction mechanisms. In the long term, I hope to be able to extend the project to the use of the germyl compounds obtained as synthetic intermediates, and to an in-depth understanding of their reactivity.

Biography

Rémi Blieck studied at the Université Lille 1, where he obtained a DUT in chemistry in 2011, a Licence in chemistry in 2012 and a Master’s degree in organic chemistry in 2014. He then joined the Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier (ICGM), where he completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Florian Monnier and Dr. Marc Taillefer. His thesis, defended in 2017, focused on copper-catalyzed intermolecular hydrofunctionalization of allenes. In 2018, he joined Dr. Tatiana Besset’s team in the COBRA laboratory for a first postdoctorate during which he studied C-H activation processes, particularly by radical activation. He began a second postdoctorate in 2019, at the Institut Català d’Investigacio Quimica (ICIQ) in Spain, where he worked for two years on the synthesis of hydroacene by gold catalysis, in Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren’s team. Then, in 2021, he joined the Institut dechimie moléculaire et des matériaux d’Orsay (ICMMO), to work with Dr. Aurélien de la Torre on the development of methods applied to total synthesis. Finally, in 2022, he worked on amide radiolabeling approaches in the Dr. Davide Audisio team, at the Service de chimie bioorganique et de Marquage (SCBM) at CEA Saclay . In 2023, he obtained a CNRS research fellowship and joined the Organic Reactivity and Catalysis for Synthesis (ROCS) team at the Paris Institute of Molecular Chemistry (IPCM). His research activities focus on homogeneous organometallic catalysis, in particular the development of catalytic systems based on the use of non-noble metals, asymmetric catalysis and the synthesis of compounds of interest.

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