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Nicolas Vautravers

Postdoc with External Senior Fellow Michael Krische


Nicolas Vautravers was born 06.12.1982 in Schiltigheim, France. He did “preparatory classes” (2000-02) for entrance exams into national engineering schools at Lycée Kléber in Strasbourg (France). Nicolas studied chemistry from 2002-2005 at ENSIACET (National Polytechnic Institute of Chemistry, Industrial and Chemical Engineering, and Technology of Toulouse), France where he graduated as a chemical engineer. In 2005, he worked for Pr. Bruno Chaudret and Pr. Sylvianne Sabo-Etienne at the LCC (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination) on the reactivity of RuH2(H2)2(PCyp3)2 where he obtained his Masters degree in Molecular Chemistry (A grade, top student). Nicolas studied for a PhD under the supervision of Pr. David Cole-Hamilton in St Andrews (Scotland) from 2005-2008 in the field Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) cored dendrimers in catalysis and photoluminescence applications. He is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry institute of the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, working on the design of new self-assembly catalyst for asymmetric catalysis under the supervision of Pr. Bernhard Breit.


FRIAS Project

The scientific focus of Nicolas Vautravers is the creation of large bidentate ligand libraries from accessible monodentate compounds via self-assembly. Ligand design via self-assembly is an emerging field in chemistry that provides a new means for catalyst discovery through the generation of large ligand libraries. Currently, only a limited number of self-assembly systems are described in the literature despite the enormous potential of this approach for high through-put synthesis and catalyst design. The main aim of Nicolas Vautravers is to further develop self-assembly strategies for asymmetric catalysis through the application of novel, chiral platforms and templates. The proposed methodologies offer a number of approaches for controlling different aspects of supramolecular architecture that in turn will influence ligand parameters including chirality, bite angle, sterics, electronics and so on.


Selected Publications

  1. Access to Ruthenium(0) Carbonyl Complexes via Dehydrogenation of a Tricyclopentylphosphine Ligand and Decarbonylation of Alcohols Paul D. Bolton, Mary Grellier, Nicolas Vautravers, Laure Vendier and Sylviane Sabo-Etienne Organometallics, 2008, 27 (19), 5088
  2. Diazaphospholidine terminated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes in the hydroformylation of vinyl acetate Nicolas R. Vautravers and David J. Cole-Hamilton,  Chem. Commun., 2009, 92
  3. Synthesis and characterization of photoluminescent vinylbiphenyl decorated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes Nicolas R. Vautravers, Pascal André, A. M. Z. Slawin and David J. Cole-Hamilton,  Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009, 7, 717
  4. Polymer producing palladium complexes of unidentate phosphines in the methoxycarbonylation of ethene Graeme Smith, Nicolas R. Vautravers and David J. Cole-Hamilton,  Dalton Trans., 2009