- Design of target compounds
- Synthesis of sulfoxides, purification and characterization
- Photochemical studies
- Interactions with collaborators
On-surface synthesis has emerged as a powerful way to produce new functional
nanomaterials and extended molecular structures, which cannot be prepared by
“conventional” in-solution synthetic chemistry. However, methods available for
functional modifications in a given covalent framework on surface are
extremely rare, which inherently limits the modularity of multistep synthetic
strategies on surfaces. Our project will develop new and widely-applicable
tools for on-surface synthesis on insulating substrates, using photoreactive
polar sulfoxides as sacrificial chemical reagents to trigger selective
The project thus aims at:
1) synthesizing sulfoxides and characterizing their structural, electronic
and optical properties in solution and on insulating substrates in order to
investigate their photoreactivity as compared with their photochemical
behavior in solution;
2) exploiting sulfoxides as photoactivatable oxygen transfer agents for in-
situ functional modifications of a variety of (metallo-)organic structures
on insulating substrates;
3) exploiting sulfoxides as photocleavable vector ligands for the delivery of
catalytically-active metal atoms on insulating substrates.
This research is carried out as part of the research program funded by the ANR
(CROSS, 2021-2025), in collaboration with IM2NP (Marseille,
https: // www. im2np.fr/fr/equipe-nanostructuration-nano) and LHFA (Toulouse,
https: // lhfa.cnrs.fr/index.php/equipes/ecoih).
The candidate will work at CEMES, as a member of the NanoSciences Group.
The candidate must have an excellent background in molecular chemistry in
order to design, synthesize, purify and characterize the target compounds.
Skills in photochemistry are also expected.