Welcome to the OMECA team website

Who we are and what we do
We are a team of synthetic organometallic chemists with a keen interest in catalysis located at the University of Strasbourg. We get inspiration from nature to solve synthetic problems. Our goal is to develop systems and transformations of relevance to the fields of energy and health.
We approach this by interfacing concepts from catalysis, biological systems and chemical reactivity. Our work has a strong focus on first-row transition metals with weak ecological footprints.

A few of our interests
Use of reactivity-enhancing tools from biological systems: High-Performance Group Transfer Catalysis by Copper Complex with Redox-Active Ligand in an Entatic State
ChemrXiv preprint

New reactivities to widen the applicative potential of first-row transition metals (here and here)

Stabilization of reactive high-valent species involved in catalysis (see here)

Exploring and understanding how metal–ligand interactions can be tweaked to generate new approaches in organometallic catalysis (see here)

Join us
We are always looking for motivated and dynamic members to join us.
If interested, please contact Marine directly (desageelmurr(a)unistra.fr).
We can provide help to apply for funding opportunities within European schemes (Marie Curie Individual fellowships).

Latest work

Check out our review on the design of bioinspired systems out in ChemSocRev:

Biological concepts for catalysis and reactivity: empowering bioinspiration  Chemical Society Reviews, 2020, DOI: 10.1039/D0CS00914H

Minireview in ChemCatChem on the use of biological and bioinspired redox cofactor for synthetic transformations.
Selected as Hot Paper (link)

Objects, MEtals and CAtalysis
Team leader : Prof. Marine DESAGE-EL MURR / desageelmurr@unistra.fr

Member of the FrenchBIC network (Bioinorganic chemistry): visit http://frenchbic.cnrs.fr/