Claire Kammerer

Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences HDR)
Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Toulouse

CEMES-CNRS (UPR 8011), Groupe NanoSciences
29 Rue J. Marvig, BP 94347
31055 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France)
Tel.: +33 (0)5 67 52 43 52
E-mail: kammerer[at]

Research Experience

Since 2021: Associate Professor
Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse (NanoSciences Group)
Design and synthesis of functional molecules tailored for molecular mechanics or electronics, to be studied on-surface by Scanning Probe Microscopy;
Development of new reactivities for on-surface synthesis

2012-2021: Assistant Professor
Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier and CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse (NanoSciences Group)

2009-2012: Post-doctoral fellow (Alexander von Humboldt fellowship)
Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany
Advisor: Prof. Thorsten Bach
Synthetic studies toward the total synthesis of pulvomycin; Total synthesis of bretonin B

2008: Short Term Scientific Mission (COST D40)
Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
Advisor: Prof. Norbert Krause
Gold-catalyzed hydroalkylation of allenes

2005-2009: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Advisors: Prof. Giovanni Poli, Prof. Guillaume Prestat
C-C bonds formation via palladium-, ruthenium-, and gold-catalyzed domino reactions and cycloisomerizations

2004: Erasmus internship
Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Advisor: Prof. Jan-Erling Bäckvall
Biomimetic dihydroxylations of olefins with ionic liquid-immobilized catalytic systems


2021: Habilitation, Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
2009: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
2005: Master of Sciences – Organic and bioorganic chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
2002-2006: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris


Bachelor level: Lectures, tutorials and lab courses in organic chemistry
Master level: Lab courses “Pluridisciplinarity in chemistry”, lab courses in green chemistry
Préparation à l’Agrégation de Physique-Chimie option Chimie: lessons and lab courses in organic chemistry

Administrative tasks

Since 2012: Erasmus coordinator for the Chemistry Department (field: molecular chemistry)
2013-2015: Member of the scientific board of CEMES
Since 2016: In charge of internships abroad for the Master of Chemistry
Since 2017: Member of the board of the “Toulouse Institute of Chemistry” (ICT – UAR2599)
Since 2017: Co-director of studies for the “Licence of Chemistry, Parcours Spécial Chimie” (2nd year)
Since 2021: Member of the board of CEMES
Since 2021: Deputy member of the board of the Chemistry Department

Prizes and distinctions

2014: Thieme Chemistry Journals Award
2009: Laureate of a Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for postdoctoral researchers


[40] Aryl Sulfoxides: A Traceless Directing Group for Catalytic C-H Activation of Arenes (Concept article)
Simón Marqués, P.; Kammerer, C. ChemPlusChem 2024, in press. Download

[39] Copper-Catalyzed Perarylation of Cyclopentadiene:  Synthesis of Hexaarylcyclopentadienes
Gisbert, Y.; Simón Marqués, P.; Baccini, C.; Abid S.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C.  ChemRxiv. Cambridge: Cambridge Open Engage; 2024. Download

[38] Synthesis of π-conjugated polycyclic compounds by late-stage extrusion of chalcogen fragments
Okba, A.; Simón Marqués, P.; Matsuo, K.; Aratani, N.; Yamada, H.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2024, 20, 287-305. Download

[37] Synthesis of Symmetric and Dissymmetric Star-shaped Pentaarylcyclopentadienyl Ru(II) Complexes Containing Styryl-BODIPY Fragments
Dumartin, M.; Abid, S.; Gisbert, Y.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Gao, S.; Armaroli, N.; Ventura, B.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Lett. 2024, 53, upad003. Download

[36] Probing the work generated by the autonomous rotation around a single ruthenium atom in an organometallic complex
Li, X.; Gisbert, Y.; Ledent, M.; Sluysmans, D.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C.; Duwez, A.-S. ChemRxiv. Cambridge: Cambridge Open Engage; 2023. Download

[35] Extended Tripodal Hydrotris(indazol-1-yl)borate Ligands as Ruthenium-Supported Cogwheels for On-Surface Gearing Motions
Omoto, K.; Shi, M.; Yasuhara, K.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e202203483. Download

[34] Divergent Synthesis of Molecular Winch Prototypes
Gisbert, Y.; Abid, S.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 16242-16249. Download

[33] Photophysical properties of 1,2,3,4,5-pentaarylcyclopentadienyl hydrotris
(indazolyl)borate ruthenium(II) complexes
Gao, S.; Gisbert, Y.; Erbland, G.; Abid, S.; Kammerer, C.; Venturini, A.; Rapenne, G.; Ventura, B.; Armaroli, N. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 202123, 17049-17056. Download

[32] Molecular Gears: From Solution to Surfaces (Reviews Showcase)
Gisbert, Y.; Abid, S.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 202127, 12019-12031. Download

[31] Ruthenium complexes of sterically-hindered pentaarylcyclopentadienyl ligands
Asato, R.; Martin, C. J.; Gisbert, Y.; Abid, S.; Kawai, T.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. RSC Adv. 202111, 20207-20215. Download

[30] Desymmetrised pentaporphyrinic gears mounted on metallo-organic anchors (Hot article)
Abid, S.; Gisbert, Y.; Kojima, M.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Cuny, J.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Sci. 202112, 4709-4721. DownloadCover

[29] Molecular rotor functionalized with a photoresponsive brake (Featured article)
Asato, R.; Martin, C. J.; Abid, S.; Gisbert, Y.; Asanoma, F.; Nakashima, T.; Kammerer, C.; Kawai, T.; Rapenne, G. Inorg. Chem. 202160, 3492-3501. Download

[28] Mechanics of Molecule-Gears with Six Long Teeth
Soe, W.-H.; Kleinwächter, M.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G.; Joachim, C. J. Phys. Chem. C 2020124, 22625-22630. Download

[27] Transmitting stepwise rotation among three molecule gears on the Au(111) surface
Au Yeung, K. O.; Kühne, T.; Eisenhut, F.; Kleinwächter, M.; Gisbert, Y.; Robles, R.; Lorente, N.; Cuniberti, G.; Joachim, C.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C.; Moresco, F. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 202011, 6892-6899. Download

[26] Dipolar Nanocars Based on a Porphyrin Backbone (Hot paper)
Nishino, T.; Martin, C. J.; Takeuchi, H.; Lim, F.; Yasuhara, K.; Gisbert, Y.; Abid, S.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 202026, 12010-12018. DownloadCover

[25] Design and Synthesis of a Nano-winch
Gisbert, Y.; Sirven, A. M.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C. in Building and Probing Small for Mechanics, Ed. C. Joachim, Springer Nature, Berlin, 2020, pp 81-98. Download

[24] Prototypes of molecular gears with an organometallic piano-stool architecture
Abid, S.; Erbland, G.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. in Building and Probing Small for Mechanics, Ed. C. Joachim, Springer Nature, Berlin, 2020, pp 65-80. Download

[23] Modular synthesis of pentaarylcyclopentadienyl Ru-based molecular machines via sequential Pd-catalysed cross couplings
Gisbert, Y.; Abid, S.; Bertrand, G.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Commun. 201955, 14689-14692. Download

[22] Star-shaped ruthenium complexes as prototypes of molecular gears (Hot paper)
Erbland, G.; Abid, S.; Gisbert, Y.; Saffon-Merceron, N.; Hashimoto, Y.; Andreoni, L.; Guérin, T.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 201925, 16328-16339. Download

[21] A chiral molecular propeller designed for unidirectional rotations on a surface
Zhang, Y.; Calupitan, J. P.; Rojas, T.; Tumbleson, R.; Erbland, G.; Kammerer, C.; Ajayi, T. M.; Wang, S.; Curtiss, L. A.; Ngo, A. T.; Ulloa, S. E.; Rapenne, G.; Hla, S. W. Nature Commun. 201910, 3742. Download

[20] Biomimetic and technomimetic single molecular machines
Kammerer, C.; Erbland, G. Gisbert, Y.; Nishino, T.; Yasuhara, K.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Lett. 201948, 299-308. DownloadCover

[19] Surface manipulation of a curved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-based nano-vehicle molecule equipped with triptycene wheels
Soe, W.-H.; Durand, C.; Guillermet, O.; Gauthier, S.; Jacquot de Rouville, H.-P.; Srivastava, S.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G.; Joachim, C. Nanotechnology 201829, 495401. Download

[18] Expedient Synthesis of Thioether-Functionalized Hydrotris(indazolyl)borate as an Anchoring Platform for Rotary Molecular Machines
Erbland, G.; Gisbert, Y.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 4731. Download

[17] From the Synthesis of Nanovehicles to Participation in the First Nanocar Race — View from the French Team
Jacquot de Rouville, H.-P.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Molecules 201823, 612. Download

[16] Rotative single molecular motors on metallic surfaces
Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. in Encyclopedia of interfacial chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry, Ed. K. Wandelt, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2018, vol. 4, pp 803-809. Download

[15] Les moteurs moléculaires
Sirven, A.M.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. L’Actualité Chimique 2017418-419, 17-24. Download

[14] Sequential Pd-catalyzed allylic alkylation / Ru-catalyzed ring-closing metathesis
Lorion, M. M.; Kammerer, C.; Prestat, G.; Poli, G. in Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Experiments for the Laboratory Classroom, Eds. Afonso, C. A. M.; Candeias, N. R.; Simão, D. P.; Trindade, A. F.; Coelho, J. A. S.; Tan, B.; Franzén R., The Royal Society of Chemistry, 20175, 650-655. Download

[13] La NanoCar Race, première course internationale de molécule-voitures.
Joachim, C.; Durand, C.; Launay, J.-P.; Rapenne, G.; Kammerer, C.; Jacquot de Rouville, H.-P.; Garbage, T.;Martrou, D.; Soe, W.-H.; Gauthier, S.; Bouju, X.; Lepriol, A.; Abeilhou, P.; Pertel, C.; Pettiti, L.; Fillon, J.-N.; Collard, C.; Prévôts, E. L’Actualité Chimique 2016411, I-XX. Download

[12] Scorpionate hydrotris(indazolyl)borate ligands as tripodal platforms for surface-mounted molecular gears and motors
Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 2214-2226. DownloadCover

[11] Synthesis of functionalized mono-, bis-, and trisethynyltriptycenes for one-dimensional self-assembly on surfaces
Sirven, A. M.; Garbage, R.; Qiao, Y.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. Chem. Eur. J. 201521, 15013-15019. Download

[10] Triptycene or subphthalocyanine wheels and polyaromatic hydrocarbon nanovehicles
Jacquot de Rouville, H.-P.; Garbage, R.; Sirven, A.M.; Kammerer, C.; Rapenne, G. in Single Molecular Machines and Motors, Ed. G. Rapenne, Springer, Berlin, 20155, 65-79. Download

[9] Synthesis of γ-lactams and γ-lactones via intramolecular Pd-catalyzed allylic alkylations
Kammerer, C.; Prestat, G.; Madec, D.; Poli, G. Acc. Chem. Res. 201447, 3439-3447. Download

[8] Total synthesis of (+)-bretonin B: Access to the (E,Z,E)-triene core by a late-stage Peterson elimination of a convergently assembled silyl ether
Neubauer, T.; Kammerer-Pentier, C.; Bach, T. Chem. Commun. 201248, 11629-11631. Download

[7] Dual reactivity of O-a-allenyl esters under palladium(0) catalysis: From carbopalladation/allylic alkylation domino sequence to decarboxylative allenylation
Kammerer-Pentier, C.; Diez Martinez, A.; Oble, J.; Prestat, G.; Merino, P.; Poli, G. J. Organomet. Chem. 2012, 714, 53-59. Download

[6] Pd-catalyzed asymmetric synthesis of N-allenyl amides and their Au-catalyzed cycloisomerizative hydroalkylation: A new route toward enantioenriched pyrrolidones
Boutier, A.; Kammerer-Pentier, C.; Krause, N.; Prestat, G.; Poli, G. Chem. Eur. J. 201218, 3840-3844. Download

[5] Selectivity in palladium-catalyzed allylic substitution
Poli, G.; Prestat, G.; Liron, F.; Kammerer-Pentier, C. Top. Organomet. Chem. 201238, 1-64. Download

[4] Palladium-catalyzed domino carbopalladation / 5-exo-allylic amination of a-amino allenamides: An efficient entry to enantiopure imidazolidinones
Beccalli, E.M.; Broggini, G.; Clerici, F.; Galli, S.; Kammerer, C.; Rigamonti, M.; Sottocornola, S. Org. Lett. 200911, 1563-1566. Download

[3] Phosphine-free palladium-catalyzed allene carbopalladation / allylic alkylation domino sequence: A new route to 4-(a-styryl) g-lactams
Kammerer, C.; Prestat, G.; Madec, D.; Poli, G. Chem. Eur. J. 200915, 4224-4227. Download

[2] New picropodophyllin analogs via palladium-catalyzed allylic alkylation – Hiyama cross-coupling sequences
Vitale, M.; Prestat, G.; Lopes, D.; Madec, D.; Kammerer, C.; Poli, G.; Girnita, L. J. Org. Chem. 200873, 5795-5805. Download

[1] Allylic alkylation and ring-closing metathesis in sequence: A successful cohabitation of Pd and Ru
Kammerer, C.; Prestat, G.; Gaillard, T.; Madec, D.; Poli, G. Org. Lett. 200810, 405-408. Download

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