Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d'Orsay

Dr Marie Sircoglou

Associate professor

Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux d’Orsay
Equipe Chimie Inorganique 
Batiment Henri Moissan HM1 – Bureau 2036
17 Av. des Sciences
91190 Orsay

 +33 1 69 15 70 55

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I have been a lecturer at ICMMO since 2011. In the Inorganic Chemistry team, I work in collaboration with Ally Aukauloo and Zakaria Halime.

Our research projects are based on the rich chemistry of metal complexes, taking inspiration from enzymatic processes to promote more sustainable catalytic reactions. I initially led the Oxidation Reactions research axis within the Artificial Photosynthesis theme, while also collaborating on the Reduction Reactions and Photo-induced Electron Transfer axis.

For several years now, I have been carrying out studies using theoretical calculations (DFT and Hartree Fock) to formulate and describe the active species relevant in these transformations. In particular, we are seeking to shed light on the mechanisms of CO2 reduction by iron porphyrins and related systems. I have also established a close collaboration with Philippe Dauban's team at the ICSN (2 Labex and an ANR grant) through which we are rationalising the design of dirhodium catalysts for the selective C-C and C-H to C-N bonds formation. In these two lines of research, we are seeking to reveal the effects of second coordination sphere that can improve the efficiency or selectivity of these catalysts.

Besides my research, I teach ca. 200h a year at the IUT in Orsay, from atomistics to organometallic chemistry, including electrochemistry and solid state chemistry. I am also involved in the training of students who commit to teaching during their PhD.

Keywords :   Computational chemistry / Artificial photosynthesis / Bio-inspired chemistry / Small molecule activation / Catalysis / Ligand design / Mechanism / Structure-property relationship / Electrocatalysis / PCET / Metal-ligand bonding / Second coordination sphere / CO2 reduction / C-H amination

PreviouslyAfter a M2 in fine chemistry (ENSICAEN), I developped my expertise in coordination chemistry at Didier Bourissou's group (LBPB, Toulouse).  I pursued with 2 post docs in organometallic chemistry and catalysis in the groups of Alois Fürstner (Max Planck Institute, Mülheim), then Vincent Gandon (ICMMO, Orsay) where I started to practice DFT calculations. 


Photocatalytic generation of a non-heme Fe(iii)-hydroperoxo species with O2 in water for the oxygen atom transfer reaction. E. Pugliese, N. T. Vo, A. Boussac, F. Banse, Y. Mekmouche, J. Simaan, T. Tron, P. Gotico, M. Sircoglou, Z. Halime, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Chem. Sci., 2022, 13, 12332-12339

Rhodium(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Intermolecular Aziridination of Alkenes. V. Boquet, A. Nasrallah, A. L. Dana, E. Brunard, P. H. Di Chenna, F. J. Duran, P. Retailleau, B. Darses, M. Sircoglou, P. Dauban, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 17156-17164

Dissection of Light-Induced Charge Accumulation at a Highly Active Iron Porphyrin: Insights in the Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction. E. Pugliese, P. Gotico, I. Wehrung, B. Boitrel, A. Quaranta, M.-H. Ha-Thi, T. Pino, M. Sircoglou, W. Leibl, Z. Halime, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2022, 61, e202117530

Proton-controlled Action of an Imidazole as Electron Relay in a Photoredox Triad. P. Gotico, C. Herrero, S. Protti, A. Quaranta, S. Sheth, R. Fallahpour, R. Farran, Z. Halime, M. Sircoglou, A. Aukauloo, W. Leibl, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 2022, 21, 247-259

Intercepting a transient non-hemic pyridine N-oxide Fe(iii) species involved in OAT reactions. N. T. Vo, C. Herrero, R. Guillot, T. Inceoglu, W. Leibl, M. Clémancey, P. Dubourdeaux, G. Blondin, A. Aukauloo, M. Sircoglou, Chem. Commun., 2021, 57, 12836-12839

Tracking light-induced electron transfer toward O2 in a hybrid photoredox-laccase system. R. Farran, Y. Mekmouche, N. T. Vo, C. Herrero, A. Quaranta, M. Sircoglou, F. Banse, P. Rousselot-Pailley, A. J. Simaan, A. Aukauloo, T. Tron, W. Leibl, iScience, 2021, 24, 102378

Atropisomeric Hydrogen Bonding Control for CO2 Binding and Enhancement of Electrocatalytic Reduction at Iron Porphyrins. P. Gotico, L. Roupnel, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, W. Leibl, Z. Halime, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2020, 59, 22451-22455

A Reversible Electron Relay to Exclude Sacrificial Electron Donors in the Photocatalytic Oxygen Atom Transfer Reaction with O2 in Water. N. T. Vo, Y. Mekmouche, T. Tron, R. Guillot, F. Banse, Z. Halime, M. Sircoglou, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 16023-16027

Second-Sphere Biomimetic Multipoint Hydrogen-Bonding Patterns to Boost CO2 Reduction of Iron Porphyrins. P. Gotico, B. Boitrel, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, A. Quaranta, Z. Halime, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 4504-4509

Water Molecules Gating a Photoinduced One Electron Two Protons Transfer in a Tyr/His model of Photosystem II. G. Chararalambidis, S. Das, A. Trapali, A. Quaranta, M. Orio, Z. Halime, P. Fertey, R. Guillot, C. Athanassios, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, M. Sircoglou, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 9013-9017

Light-Induced Activation of the Du Bois [RhII2(Esp)2] Catalyst for Nitrogen Atom Transfer Reactions. R. Farran, C. Ducloiset, J. Buendia, N. T. Vo, R. Guillot, Z. Halime, P. Dauban, W. Leibl, M. Sircoglou, A. Aukauloo, ChemPhotoChem, 2017, 1, 562-567

Monoanionic Dipyrrin–Pyridine Ligands: Synthesis, Structure and Photophysical Properties. C. Ducloiset, P. Jouin, E. Paredes, R. Guillot, M. Sircoglou, M. Orio, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2015, 2015, 5405-5410

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

A nickel dimethyl glyoximato complex to form nickel based nanoparticles for electrocatalytic H2 production. S. Cherdo, S. E. Ghachtouli, M. Sircoglou, F. Brisset, M. Orio, A. Aukauloo, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 13514-13516

Copper Salts as Additives in Gold(I)-Catalyzed Reactions. A. Guérinot, W. Fang, M. Sircoglou, C. Bour, S. Bezzenine-Lafollée, V. Gandon, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 5848-5852

Click Chemistry as a Convenient Tool for the Incorporation of a Ruthenium Chromophore and a Nickel–Salen Monomer into a Visible-Light-Active Assembly. C. Herrero, L. Batchelor, A. Baron, S. El Ghachtouli, S. Sheth, R. Guillot, B. Vauzeilles, M. Sircoglou, T. Mallah, W. Leibl, A. Aukauloo, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 2013, 494-499

Heterobimetallic Rare Earth–Lithium Complexes with Fewer Than Three Binaphtholates. M. Sircoglou, J. Yang, R. Guillot, S. Bezzenine-Lafollée, V. Gandon, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 2013, 2807-2811