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Research Scientist

jacques Bonvoisin

Groupe Nanoscience
BP 94347
29 Rue J. Marvig
31055 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France)
Phone (33) 5 62 25 78 52
Fax : (33) 5 62 25 79 99
 Email : jacques.bonvoisin[@]cemes.fr




Jacques Bonvoisin is a chemist / physical chemist, the first part of his career was devoted to the study of the magnetic properties of transition metal complexes in biomimetic chemistry and chemistry of the solid. In 1993, he joined the team of Professor Jean-Pierre Launay and devoted himself to the study of electron transfer in organic and inorganic systems. He is specialized in the synthesis and physicochemical characterization of transition metal complexes. He is heavily involved in understanding the processes of electron transfer and magnetic interactions in molecular systems in the theme ’Nanoscience and Molecular Electronics". Since 2003, year of his HDR, he became interested in quantum computing and exploring different avenues to obtain a molecule capable of performing a logical operation.

Diploma and formation

2003 - Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier : ‘From localized electrons to delocalized electrons and reverse’

1989 - PhD Université Paris XI Orsay : ‘Exchange interaction in polynuclear iron and manganese complexes from biological and synthesic origins. Experimental and theoretical studies’

Principal interest :

Conception and synthesis of molecular systems for molecular electronics and nanosciences.


Coordination chemistry. Chemical synthesis. Spectroscopic properties (UV-Vis-IR, MS, NMR, EPR). Electrochemistry. Molecular modelisation.

Research activities :

Book Chapter :

A controlled quantum SWAP logic gate with 4-center metal complex
by M. Hliwa, C. Joachim & J. Bonvoisin in N. Lorrente & C. Joachim (eds) in ‘Architecture & Design of Molecule Logic Gates and Atom Circuits, Advances in Atom and Molecule Machines‘ Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg (2013) 2, 237-247.

Selected publications :


"Synthesis and Characterization of Iodo Derivatives of Bis-salphen Complexes" Melia Lacaze, Nathalie Saffon‐merceron, Fabien Silly & Jacques Bonvoisin. Journal of Molecular Structure, 2021, 1223, 129319 hal download

"Unraveling the molecular conformations of a single ruthenium complex absorbed on the Ag(111) surface by calculations" Youness Benjalal & Jacques Bonvoisin, Xavier Bouju Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 10022-10027 hal download

"Two-Dimensional Halogen-Bonded Self-Assembly of copper b-diketonato Complexes" Fabien Silly, Christine Viala & Jacques Bonvoisin. J. Phys. Chem. C 2018, 122, 17143-17148 hal download cover

"Redox-triggered chiroptical switching activity of ruthenium(III)-bis-(b-diketonato) complexes bearing a bipyridine-helicene ligand" Nidal Saleh, Nicolas Vanthuyne, Jacques Bonvoisin, Jochen Autschbach, Monika Srebro-Hooper & Jeanne Crassous. Chirality 2018, 30, 592-601 hal download

"Synthesis, Spectroelectrochemical Behavior, and Chiroptical Switching of Tris(-diketonato) Complexes of Ruthenium(III) Chromium(III), and Cobalt(III)" M. Cortijo, C. Viala, T. Reynaldo, L. Favereau, I. Fabing, M. Srebro-Hooper, J. Autschbach , N. Ratel-Ramond, J. Crassous & J. Bonvoisin. Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 4555-4567 hal tweet download 

"Observation and manipulation of tris(dibenzoylmethanato)ruthenium molecules by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy" L. Vernisse, O. Guillermet, J. Bonvoisin & R. Coratger. Surface Science 2014, 619, 98-104 download

"Spectral signature of a Ru(II, III, IV) complex : a combined experimental and theoretical investigation" J. Bonvoisin & I. Ciofini, Dalton Transactions 2013, 42, 7943-7951 download

"A controlled quantum SWAP logic gate with 4-center metal complex" M. Hliwa, J. Bonvoisin & C. Joachim in ’Architecture & Design of Molecule Logic Gates and Atom Circuits, Advances in Atom and Molecule Machines’ Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013 2, 237-247 download

"Electromechanical switching behavior of individual molecular complexes of Cu and Ni on NaCl-covered Cu(111) and Ag(111)" H. Walch, T. Leoni, O. Guillermet, V. Langlais, A. Scheuermann, J. Bonvoisin & S. Gauthier Phys. Rev. B. 2012 86, 075423 download

"UHV-STM Investigations and Numerical Calculations of a Ruthenium ß-Diketonato Complex with Protected Ethynyl Ligand : [Ru(dbm)2(acac-TIPSA)]" L. Vernisse, S. Munery, N. Ratel-Ramond, Y. Benjalal, O. Guillermet, X. Bouju, R. Coratger & J. Bonvoisin J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 13715-13721 download

"Physical Analysis of the Through-ligand Long-Distance Magnetic Coupling : Spin-Polarization Versus Anderson Mechanism" T. Terencio, R. Bastardis, N. Suaud, D. Maynau, J. Bonvoisin, J. P. Malrieu, C. J. Calzado & N. Guihéry Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 12314-12320 download

"Synthesis and Characterization of a Series of Ruthenium Tris(β-diketonato) Complexes by an UHV-STM Investigation and Numerical Calculations" S. Munery, N. Ratel-Ramond, Y. Benjalal, L. Vernisse, O. Guillermet, X. Bouju, R. Coratger & J. Bonvoisin Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2011, 2698–2705 download

"Controlling the Charge State of a Single Redox Molecular Switch" T. Leoni, O. Guillermet, H. Walch, V. Langlais, A. Scheuermann, J. Bonvoisin & S Gauthier Phys. Rev. Lett. 2011, 106, 216103(1-4) download

"Synthesis and Characterization of ß-Diketonato Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Two 4-Bromo or Protected 4-Ethynyl-2,2’-bipyridine Ligands" C. Viala & J. Bonvoisin Inorg. chim. Acta 2010, 363, 1409-1414 download

"Synthesis and Characterization of Bis(bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Complexes with Bromo and Protected Ethynyl ß-diketonato Ligands" S. Munery, J. Jaud & J. Bonvoisin Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2008, 11, 975-977 download

"Electronic and Magnetic Communication in Mixed-Valent and Homovalent Ruthenium Complexes Containing Phenylcyanamide Type Bridging Ligands" M. Fabre & J. Bonvoisin J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 5, 1434 - 1444 download

Hobby :

  • Scuba diving


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