Olivier Labeeuw


Postdoctoral Fellow


HCI G-322


+41-1-632 4515


Oliver Labeeuw



Engineering studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris , Paris


DEA studies (post-graduate studies before a PhD) in organic chemistry, University of Paris VI, Paris


PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry with Prof. J.-P. Genet, University of Paris VI / ENSCP, Paris

since 2004:

Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. F. Diederich at ETH Zürich

Synthesis of Azoacetylenes

The synthesis of azoacetylenes is investigated. They represent a still elusive class of chromophores with potentially very interesting applications as novel bistable photochemical molecular switches or as antitumor agents.


O. Labeeuw, P. Phansavath and J.-P. Genet, Tetrahedron Letters 2004, 45, 7107-7110. Synthesis of modified Weinreb amides: N-tert-butoxy-N-methylamides as effective acylating agents,

O. Labeeuw, D. Blanc, P. Phansavath, V. Ratovelomanana-Vidal and J.-P. Genet, Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 2352-2358. An efficient ruthenium-catalyzed formal synthesis of ()-isoavenaciolide.

O. Labeeuw, P. Phansavath and J.-P. Genet, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2004, 15, 1899-1908. Total synthesis of sulfobacin A through dynamic kinetic resolution of a racemic beta-keto-alpha-amino ester hydrochloride.

O. Labeeuw, P. Phansavath and J.-P. Genet, Tetrahedron Letters 2003, 44, 6383-6386. A short total synthesis of sulfobacin A.