Philippe Reutenauer


Postdoctoral Fellow


HCI G-304


+41-44-633 4172


Philippe Reutenauer



Intensive undergraduate studies to prepare competitive exams for the French Grandes Ecoles, Strasbourg, Lycée Kléber


ECPM engineering degree, major in organic chemistry, Strasbourg, ECPM (European school of chemical engineering for chemistry, polymers and materials)


Ph.D in organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, ISIS-ULP, Strasbourg. Subject: Generation of the first dynamic systems based on Diels-Alder chemistry, implementation in dynamic constitutional chemistry and dynamic polymers

Since 2007:

Post-doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. François Diederich, ETH-Zurich

Industrial experience


High throughput screening for drug development - Aventis (Frankfurt/Main). Micro assay design for in vitro screening based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) targeted on PPARg agonists to cure type II diabetes (6 months)


High troughput medicinal chemistry - Aventis (Frankfurt/Main). Various liquid and solid phase synthesis (6 months)


Starting of the parallel synthesis laboratory - ESTEVE (Barcelona). Variations around a piperidine sulfonate scaffold targeted on serotonine (2 months)

August 2004:

108th BASF Summer Course. - BASF (Ludwigshafen)


One of the major interests of modern chemistry is molecular electronics. Many efforts have been made to construct electronic devices from a single molecule since the first demonstration that this could be done with polyconjugated systems. However, it can be foreseen that this strategy suffers from a tremendous handicap: the reliability of the whole device depends on one unique and often fragile molecule. Less risky is adoption of a strategy between the two extremes of silicon based electronics, relying on billions of atoms and therefore tolerating some local defects, and single molecule based electronics highly sensitive to a defect. A system based on a small number of molecules or better "conducting groups" can furnish a compromise. This approach is illustrated by the use of charge transporting liquid crystals already in use in some commercial OLEDs. But the liquid crystals studied so far have little electron affinity, and are hole carriers.
This project aims at synthesising and studying conducting, selfassembled liquid crystals with a high affinity for electrons. The conducting properties will take advantage of the 1,1,4,4-tetracyanobuatdiene chemistry that has been developed to build cores able of reversible oxidation/reduction steps. They will be decorated with a cyanuric acid motif. Melamine assemblers should maintain them closely packed into column permitting the hopping of the electrons, and bear the decoration that will provide the liquid crystal properties, as well as insulation of the conducting column. The supramolecular approach will enhance the versatility of the core synthesis, permit reticulation or further postmodification, and self repair. On a wider scale, what is looked for here is the integration of two molecular functions -electron affinity and self assembly- into a more complex architecture to create functional wires and networks with possible application in nanoelectronics.

Self-assembly in columns trough supramolecular interactions.

Example of structure proposed for the central core.


P. J. Boul, P. Reutenauer, J.-M. Lehn, Org. Lett. 2005, 7, 15-18. Reversible Diels-Alder Reactions for the Generation of Dynamic Combinatorial Libraries.

Last update: Jan. 2007