“Hetero-elements and Coordination Chemistry: from Concepts to Applications” (HC3A) is a French-Spanish network bringing together 30 research groups whose main goals are:

- to broaden and strengthen scientific collaborations,
- to reinforce joint trainings (e.g. through Thematic Schools),
- to organise Workshops,
- to prepare joint proposals, and
- to share human and equipment resources.

The teams of this consortium are internationally recognised by their skills in various fields:

  1. organometallic chemistry (early and late transition metals) and homogeneous catalysis integrating both experimental and theoretical studies, including mechanistic and in-depth characterization studies;
  2. synthetic methodologies including the design of innovative protocols for the preparation of natural products and organocatalysis with chiral and highly reactive species;
  3. design of original ligands forming non-conventional interactions with metals, inducing unexpected reactivity or enantioselectivity in catalytic processes;
  4. nano-objects, covering metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, dendrimers and hybrid materials, from their synthesis and studies of their physico-chemical properties to applicationss;
  5. biochemistry, with special emphasis on the metal coordination chemistry with biomolecules for drug design and on natural compounds for therapeutic and diagnosis purposes.

The cornerstone in this multi-disciplinary network is the molecule. The conception of new scaffolds for innovative reactivity, the assembling of macromolecular structures or the preparation of well-defined metallic nanoparticles starts from “angstrom” sized bricks. Undeniably, strong and close collaborations between groups of different research areas are crucial to make rapid progress through know-how and material resources sharing, and ultimately lead to potential applications in a large variety of fields (i.e. materials, catalysis, biochemistry…)

With the aim to work together efficiently, to facilitate bi- or multi-collaborations and to combine the different skills, HC3A is organised in four interlinked Working Groups (WGs), with Catalysis and Theoretical Chemistry as transversal fields.

WG1. Nanosystems

WG2. Organometallic chemistry

WG3. Development of new synthetic methods

WG4. Biochemistry and Bioinorganic chemistry

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