Welcome to Constance Lecourt who joins the E-POM team

© Constance Lecourt

Constance Lecourt, CNRS Research Associate, specializes in the synthesis of molecular compounds with photophysical, magnetic and switchable properties. On the occasion of her arrival at the IPCM, she tells us more about her career.

What are the best memories of your scientific career?

I’m very happy with my scientific career, which has taken me to various laboratories all over France (Lyon, Paris, Toulouse and Rennes). I enjoyed working on a variety of topics (valence tautomerism, luminescence of Mn(II) and Cu(I) ions, synthesis of nitronyl nitroxide radicals and thiacalix[4]arene macrocycles), and the combination of my experiences enabled me to define my current project. I keep in mind the numerous international collaborations (Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, Finland), with a particular memory of my stay in Hiroshima thanks to the JSPS Summer Program grant.

What led you to join the IPCM?

I first joined the IPCM in 2020 as a post-doc in the ERMMES group. I appreciated the scientific and human environment, and the resources made available. Then, during my post-doctorate in Rennes, I began collaborating with Valérie Marvaud, with the aim of combining our respective magnetic and luminescent molecular building blocks in a single structure. Our shared interests in coordination and supramolecular chemistry, and the complementary nature of our fields of research, led me to join the E-POM group, where I’d like to further develop my research into compounds with photophysical properties.

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

The research project focuses on the development of multifunctional heteropolymetallic molecular materials. The aim is to synthesize intelligent molecular materials with switchable optical and magnetic properties. The activation of a specific function in a non-invasive way is intended to control, probe or activate one or more other functions of the assembly. The primary objective is to achieve synergy and cooperativity between properties. Once such control has been achieved, the coordination complexes can be varied. The complexity of the architectures will gradually increase, and supramolecular assemblies will be exploited in the longer term for applications in fields as varied as nanoscience, sensors, information storage and biomedical imaging


Constance Lecourt obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry – Physics option from Sorbonne University in 2014, and her Master’s degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Claude Bernard University in Lyon in 2016. She then defended her PhD thesis in 2019, carried out at the Multimaterials and Interfaces Laboratory, under the supervision of Pr. Dominique Luneau and Dr. Cédric Desroches. She continues her research work during a first post-doctorate, in collaboration with Dr. Laure Fillaud at LISE and Prof. Rodrigue Lescouëzec at IPCM in 2020. She will then join Dr. Jean-Pascal Sutter’s team at LCC as an ATER, and finally Dr. Christophe Lescop’s team at ISCR in 2021. She also has the opportunity to enrich her scientific expertise through international mobility (Prof. Reber, Université de Montréal, Canada; Prof. Tretyakov, Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russia; Prof. Inoue, Hiroshima University, Japan; Prof. Scheer, University of Regensburg, Germany; Prof. Koshevoy, University of Eastern Finland). Coordination chemistry is at the heart of her research activities, with a focus on the synthesis of molecular compounds for the study of their photophysical, magnetic and switchable properties. She is also very interested in the synthesis and design of ligands to bring new architectural possibilities and functionalities to complexes.

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