Lefèvre Research Group

CNRS, Chimie ParisTech – Paris, France
Host institution : UMR 8060 i-CLeHS, Catalysis, Synthesis of Biomolecules and Sustainable Development Team (CSB2D)


Current group members

Fedor Zhurkin (Post-doc associate)

Fedor has obtained his M.Sc. degree from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2012) and his Ph.D. from EPF Lausanne (2017) where he studied organometallic complexes of low-valent iron and their applications in organic synthesis and small-molecule activation under the direction of Prof. Xile HU. He joined the group after a stage with Prof. Olivia Reinaud at University of Paris where he worked on biomimetic base-metal complexes based on calix[6]arenes.

Vincent Wowk (PhD, 2020-2023)

My name is Vincent Wowk, I recently graduated from the Toulouse chemical engineering school (INP-ENSIACET) and now I am a PhD student in Guillaume Lefèvre’s research group. My thesis project deals with the development of new catalytic methods of C-C bond formation by functionalization of C-H bonds promoted by original iron complexes stabilized by new ambiphilic ligands. The development of the axes of this project calls for the overlap of several themes, at the border between organometallic chemistry, catalysis and mechanistic studies. 

Mæ Robin (PhD, 2020-2023)

I graduated from ENS Paris-Saclay (ex ENS Cachan) in 2020, and I am currently a PhD student under the supervision of Guillaume Lefèvre. My thesis project aims to develop new catalytic methods for the formation of C─C bonds through functionalization of C─H bonds using unusual iron complexes featuring low oxidation states. Such a project covers several chemistry areas, from organometallic chemistry to catalysis, including mechanistic investigations (using NMR, EPR and Mössbauer spectroscopies, as well as theoretical modelisation).

Pablo Chourreu Alba de Luna (PhD, 2019-2022)

I’m currently a PhD student (industrial appointment, CIFRE) in the Lefèvre’s group, working hand in hand with the company M2i Life Sciences, leader in the production of insect pheromones as eco-friendly pesticides surrogates. I graduated in Organic and Green Chemistry from an engineering French school in Toulouse called ENSIACET in 2019. My thesis project responds to a simple observation: at this time, few pathways for the synthesis of insect pheromones reported in the literature are applicable on an industrial scale. My project aims at addressing this issue by developing new synthetic routes relying on iron-catalyzed cross-couplings as key steps, capitalizing on the low eco-toxicity and the cheap cost of this metal.

Past group members

Lidie Rousseau (PhD, 2017-2020)

After completing my undergraduate studies in chemistry and chemical engineering at INP-ENSIACET (Toulouse, France) and UNLP (La Plata, Argentina), I joined Guillaume’s research project, originally back at the CEA Saclay in the Cantat group. My PhD project focused on iron speciation and mechanistic studies of Fe-mediated C-C cross-coupling reactions, using organic and organometallic lab techniques, DFT calculations, and various spectroscopic tools. I am now working in the field of public funding for scientific research, at the ANR (Paris, France).


Dr. Guillaume Lefèvre
CNRS, Chimie ParisTech
11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie
75231 Paris Cedex 5
Email : guillaume.lefevre@chimieparistech.psl.eu
Telephone : +33 1 85 78 41 70