Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Christian Herrero

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Université Paris-Sud
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91405 Orsay Cedex


Dr. Christian Herrero obtained a BSc degree in Chemistry at Florida International University (Miami, Fl, USA). After his Bachelor’s degree he obtained a Master's degree at the same institution under the supervision of Prof. John Landrum on the study of the oxidation metabolites of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. He started his PhD studies at Arizona State University (Tempe, Az, USA) in the group of Prof. Ana Moore, Prof. Thomas Moore and Prof. Devens Gust on the synthesis of artificial photosynthetic antennas. He finished his PhD at Universiité Paris-Sud under the supervision of Prof. Ally Aukauloo working on the synthesis of artificial reaction center mimics.

For his postdoctoral work Dr. Herrero moved on to CEA, Saclay where he worked at the Department of Life Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Aukauloo, Dr. Leibl and Prof. Rutherford. His work concentrated on the different domains of artificial photosynthesis such as light induced-electron and energy transfer reactions and the light-driven oxidation/reduction of different substrates. He did a second postdoc at Universiité Paris-Sud under the supervision of Prof. Banse where he worked on the visible-light activation of iron-based catalysts.

Since December 2015, Dr. Herrero has worked as a CNRS Research Assistant at Universiité Paris-Sud in charge of the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Facility where his main interests are the coupling of different techniques such as light activation and electrochemistry to EPR in order to generate and study reactive intermediates present in redox processes.


Dr. Christian Herrero CV


BSc Chemistry, Florida International University, USA, 1997
MSc Chemistry, Florida International University, USA, 2001
PhD Chemistry,  Paris Sud, France, 2007

Post-Doc, CEA Sclay, France. 2008-2013

Post-Doc, Universiité Paris Sud, France. 2013-2015

Useful Links

EPR Lab at Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

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Research Interests

Dr. Herrero's research work focuses on the coupling of different techniques (light, electrochemistry) to EPR in order to generate and study radicals, triplet states and transition-metal complexes present in biological and model systems.

The EPR facility is open to investigators of varied disciplines spanning biophysics, biochemistry, catalysis, material science and inorganic chemistry.



FeIII and FeII Phosphasalen Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Application for 2-Naphtol Oxidative Coupling. E. Oheix, C. Herrero, J. Moutet, J.-N. Rebilly, M. Cordier, R. Guillot, S. Bourcier, F. Banse, K. Sénéchal-David, A. Auffrant, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2020, n/a

Characterization in Aqueous Medium of an FMN Semiquinone Radical Stabilized by the Enzyme-Like Microenvironment of a Modified Polyethyleneimine. Y. Chevalier, Y. L. T. Ki, C. Herrero, D. L. Nouen, J.-P. Mahy, J.-P. Goddard, F. Avenier, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2020, 18, 4386-4389

Coupling Nanostructured CsNiCr Prussian Blue Analogue to Resonant Microwave Fields. A. Ghirri, C. Herrero, S. Mazérat, T. Mallah, O. Moze, M. Affronte, Advanced Quantum Technologies, 2020, 3, 1900101

Hydroxylation of Aromatics by H2O2 Catalyzed by Mononuclear Non-heme Iron Complexes: Role of Triazole Hemilability in Substrate-Induced Bifurcation of the H2O2 Activation Mechanism. J.-N. Rebilly, W. Zhang, C. Herrero, H. Dridi, K. Sénéchal-David, R. Guillot, F. Banse, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2020, 26, 659-668

Base-controlled mechanistic divergence between iron(iv)-oxo and iron(iii)-hydroperoxo in the H2O2 activation by a nonheme iron(ii) complex. A. Bohn, C. Chinaux-Chaix, K. Cheaib, R. Guillot, C. Herrero, K. Sénéchal-David, J.-N. Rebilly, F. Banse, Dalton Trans., 2019, 48, 17045-17051

Electronic and spin delocalization in a switchable trinuclear triphenylene trisemiquinone bridged Ni3 complex. Y. Wang, F. Lambert, E. Rivière, R. Guillot, C. Herrero, A. Tissot, Z. Halime, T. Mallah, Chem. Commun., 2019, 55, 12336-12339

Non-heme Fe(II) diastereomeric complexes bearing a hexadentate ligand : unexpected consequences on the spin state and oxidation catalytic properties. K. Sénéchal-David, C. Buron, N. Ségaud, J.-N. Rebilly, A. Dos Santos, J. Farjon, R. Guillot, C. Herrero, T. Inceoglu, F. Banse, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2019, 25, 12405 – 12411

Selective Formation of an FeIVO or an FeIIIOOH Intermediate From FeII-H2O2 : Controlled Heterolytic vs Homolytic O-O Bond Cleavage by the Second Coordination Sphere. K. Cheaib, M. Q. E. Mubarak, K. Sénéchal-David, C. Herrero, R. Guillot, M. Clémancey, J.-M. Latour, S. D. Visser, J.-P. Mahy, F. Banse, F. Avenier, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2019, 58, 854-858

EPR reversible signature of self-trapped holes in fictive temperature-treated silica glass. M. Lancry, N. Ollier, B. Babu, C. Herrero, B. Poumellec, Journal of Applied Physics, 2018, 123, 113101

Electronic Structures of Mono-Oxidized Copper and Nickel Phosphasalen Complexes. C. Herrero, A. Auffrant, G. Nocton, C. Clavaguéra, M. Cordier, R. Singh Chauhan, T. Cheisson, I. Mustieles-Marín, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017, 23 (71), 17940-17953

Imidazolidine Ring Cleavage upon Complexation with First Row Transition Metals. K. Cheaib, C. Herrero, R. Guillot, F. Banse, J.-P. Mahy, F. Avenier, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2017, 3884-3891

Reactions of persulfides with the heme cofactor of oxidized myoglobin and microperoxidase 11: reduction or coordination. E. Galardon, F. Huguet, C. Herrero, R. Ricoux, I. Artaud, D. Padovani, Dalton Trans., 2017, 46, 7939-7946

αRep A3: A versatile artificial scaffold for metalloenzyme design. T. Di Meo, W. Ghattas, C. Herrero, C. Velours, P. Minard, J.-P. Mahy, R. Ricoux, A. Urvoas, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 10156-10166

Intramolecular Photogeneration of a Tyrosine Radical in a Designed Protein. A. G. Tebo, A. Quaranta, C. Herrero, V. L. Pecoraro, A. Aukauloo, ChemPhotoChem, 2017, 1, 89-92

Light-driven electron transfer in a modular assembly of a ruthenium(II) polypyridine sensitiser and a manganese(II) terpyridine unit separated by a redox active linkage. DFT analysis. A. G. Tebo, S. Das, R. Farran, C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, R. Fallahpour, S. Protti, M.-F. Charlot, A. Aukauloo, W. Leibl, Comptes Rendus Chimie, 2017, 20, 323-332

Controlled Jahn-Teller distortion in (MgCoNiCuZn)O-based high entropy oxides. D. Berardan, A.-K. Meena, S. Franger, C. Herrero, N. Dragoe, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2017, 704, 693-700

Characterization and Subsequent Reactivity of an Fe-Peroxo Porphyrin Generated by Electrochemical Reductive Activation of O2. R. Oliveira, W. Zouari, C. Herrero, F. Banse, B. Schöllhorn, C. Fave, E. Anxolabéhère-Mallart, Inorg. Chem., 2016, 55, 12204-12210

Photoassisted Oxidation of Sulfides Catalyzed by Artificial Metalloenzymes Using Water as an Oxygen Source. C. Herrero, N. Nguyen-Thi, F. Hammerer, F. Banse, D. Gagné, N. Doucet, J.-P. Mahy, R. Ricoux, Catalysts, 2016, 6, 202

Reduction of a Tris(picolyl)amine Copper(II) Complex by an Polymeric Flavo-Reductase model in Water. K. Cheaib, Y. Roux, C. Herrero, A. Trehoux, F. Avenier, J.-P. Mahy, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 18098-18101

Oxidation catalysis via visible-light water activation of a [Ru(bpy)3]2+ chromophore BSA-metallocorrole couple. C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, R. Ricoux, A. Trehoux, A. Mahammed, Z. Gross, F. Banse, J.-P. Mahy, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 706-710

Synergistic "ping-pong" energy transfer for efficient light activation in a chromophore-catalyst dyad. A. Quaranta, G. Charalambidis, C. Herrero, S. Margiola, W. Leibl, A. Coutsolelos, A. Aukauloo, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 24166-24172

An Artificial Enzyme Made by Covalent Grafting of an FeII Complex into β-Lactoglobulin: Molecular Chemistry, Oxidation Catalysis, and Reaction-Intermediate Monitoring in a Protein. C. Buron, K. Sénéchal-David, R. Ricoux, J.-P. Le Caër, V. Guérineau, P. Méjanelle, R. Guillot, C. Herrero, J.-P. Mahy, F. Banse, Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 12188-12193

Successive light-induced two electron transfers in a Ru-Fe supramolecular assembly: from Ru-Fe(ii)-OH2 to Ru-Fe(iv)-oxo. C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, M. Sircoglou, K. Senechal-David, A. Baron, I. M. Marin, C. Buron, J.-P. Baltaze, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, F. Banse, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2323-2327

Carbon dioxide reduction via light activation of a ruthenium-Ni(cyclam) complex. C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, S. El Ghachtouli, B. Vauzeilles, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2014, 16, 12067-12072