The Department of Organic Chemistry of the University of Geneva enjoys international recognition for a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. According to relevant statistics, it ranks among the very best in Switzerland.

The research activities in the Department focus on the key expertise of the organic chemist, that is the ability to transform matter and to create and study new molecules and supramolecular architectures with relevance in biological, pharmaceutical, medicinal or materials sciences. Unifying “hard” science with “artistic” creativity in a unique manner, this distinguishing ability is and will always be needed to maintain our quality of life (more than one third of Swiss exports), to tackle the challenges facing our society with regard to energy (e.g., solar energy conversion), environment (e.g., green processing) and public health (e.g., drug resistance), and to realize scientific key discoveries.

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Next Conferences

  Complet schedule  

Sep. 29 - Prof. Pedro Gois
Research Institute for Medicines, Faculty of Pharmacy, Lisbon University, Portugal

Discovery of New Platforms for Stimuli-Responsive Targeting Drug Conjugates
14:15 • Sciences III, lecture theatre 1S059 info

Sep. 29 - Inga Shybeka

Reversible Michael Acceptors and Naphthalenediimide-Polysulfanes for Thiol-Mediated Uptake
(thesis defense) • 16:00 • Sciences III, lecture theatre 1S059 info

Oct. 7 - Prof. Robert Pollice (The Netherlands - Prix 2020); Dr. Claudia Aloisi (France - Prix 2021); Prof. Philippe Schwaller (Suisse - Prix 2022)

Prix Schlaefli Laureates Symposium
12:00‐14:00 • lecture theatre A100 info


Latest Publications


  1. Decoded Fingerprints of Hyperresponsive, Expanding Product Space:  Polyether Cascade Cyclizations as Tools to Elucidate Supramolecular Catalysis
    Chen, H.; Li, T.-R.; Sakai, N.; Besnard, C.; Guénée, L.; Pupier, M.; Viger-Gravel, J.; Tiefenbacher, K.; Matile, S.
    Chem. Sci. 2022, 13, 10273-10280
  1. Cationic Triarylcarbenium Helicenes: Synthesis, Resolution and Applications
    Bosson, J.; Bisballe, N.; Laursen, B. W.; Lacour, J.
    in Helicenes. Synthesis, Properties and Applications; Crassous, J.; Stará, I. G.; Starý, I. (Eds.) Wiley-VCH, 2022; Chapter 4; p. 127-165
  1. Chemo- and Regioselective Multiple C(sp2)−H Insertions of Malonate Metal Carbenes for Late-Stage Functionalizations of Azahelicenes
    Nikolova, Y.; Fabri, B.; Moneva Lorente, P.; Guarnieri-Ibáñez, A.; de Aguirre, A.; Soda, Y.; Pescitelli, G.; Zinna, F.; Besnard, C.; Guénée, L.; Moreau, D.; Di Bari, L.; Bakker, E.; Poblador Bahamonde, A. I.; Lacour, J.
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in press