Elise Villemin

EliseDr. Elise Villemin
Senior Scientist
Chimie ParisTech
PSL University
Laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Biology
+33 1 44 27 56 04


Elise was born in Paris and has spent her childhood in Normandy. After a Bachelor’s degree of chemistry at the University of Caen, she moved to Paris for a Master degree specialized in organic chemistry. During her PhD at the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), she has worked under the supervison of Prof. Marchand Bryanert on the development of new synthetic strategies for the preparation of phosphonated bicycles and the study of supramolecular interactions between phosphonated guests and a particular polymeric matrix. During her first postdoctoral position in the CEA (Saclay, France, Nanosciences team directed by Dr. Doris), she has developed a new nanobiosensor based on the optical properties of functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes. Particularly interested by photoactive species, she has developed her knowledge for the preparation of photosensitive organogels and biomimetic photoresponsive polymer springs at the University of Oxford (team of Associate Prof. Fletcher). During the last year, she was ATER (temporary assistant for teaching and research) at the University Paris Diderot and has studied the plasmonic effect of gold nanoparticles over “mirror” structures composed of gold surface grafted with oligomer thin films surrounded by gold nanoparticles (Nanoelectrochemistry team directed by Prof. Lacroix). She has focused her research on the synthesis of new molecules and the relationship between their molecular structure and their optical and electronical properties.

Elise decided to join the Gasser and Thomas groups as a senior scientist (ATER) in 2017. At Chimie ParisTech, she is currently working on the incorporation of ruthenium complexes as photosentizers on a polymer for application in Photodynamic Therapy.

During her free time, Elise enjoys taking pictures, art exhibitions and travels.



[1]     Iamsaard, S., Villemin, E., Lancia, F.; Aβhoff, S.-J.; Fletcher, S. P., Katsonis, N. Preparation of biomimetic photo-responsive polymer springs Nat. Protoc. 2016, 11, 1788-1797.

[2]     Villemin, E.; Gravel, E.; Jawale, D.V.; Namboothiri, I. N. N.; Doris, E. Polydiacetylene nanotubes in heterogeneous catalysis:  Application to the gold-mediated oxidation of silanes Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2015, 216, 2398-2403.

[3]     Villemin, E.; Gravel, E.; Izard, N.; Filoramo, A.; Vivien, L.; Doris, E. Polymer-decorated carbon nanotubes as transducers for label-free photonic biosensors Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 18649-18653.

[4]     Jawale, D. V.; Gravel, E.; Villemin, E.;, Shah, N.; Geertsen, V.;.Namboothiri, I. N. N.; Doris, E. Co-catalytic oxidative coupling of primary amines to imines using an organic nanotube-gold nanohybrid. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 15251-15254.

[5]     Villemin, E.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Phosphonated bicycles bearing a N-N junction. Heterocycles 2013, 67, 3, 599-610.

[6]     Villemin, E.; Elias, B.; Devillers, M.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. A Pyrene- and Phosphonate-Containing Fluorescent Probe as Guest Molecule in a Host Polymer Matrix. Molecules 2013, 18, 2, 1897-1915.


[7]     Villemin, E.; Robeyns, K.; Robiette, R.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Polycyclic phosphonic acid derivatives obtained by the [4+2] cycloaddition strategy using phosphonodienes. Tetrahedron 2013, 69, 1138-1147.

[8]     Villemin, E.; Elias, B.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Europium (III) coordination complex with a novel phosphonated ligand. J. Mol. Struct. 2013, 1034, 276-282.

[9]     Villemin, E.; Herent, M-F.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Functionalized phosphonated half-cage molecules as ligands for metal complexes. Eur. J. Org. Chem 2012, 31, 6165-6178.

[10]   Villemin, E.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Cycloaddition / Aromatization Sequence for the synthesis of 2,3-Disubstituted Benzenephosphonates. Synthesis 2012, 44, 1923-1927.

[11]   Villemin, E.; Elias, B.; Robiette, R.; Robeyns, K.; Herent, M.-F.; Habib-Jiwan, J.-L.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Novel phosphonated bicyclic frameworks from Diels–Alder reaction as chelating agents of di- and trivalent metal cations. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 5140-5144.

[12]  Monbaliu, J.C.; Villemin, E.; Elias, B.; Marchand-Brynaert, J. Hetero Diels-Alder (HDA) reactions of 1-phosphono-1,3-butadienes with azo and nitrosodienophiles: an entry towards versatile heterocyclic synthons for aminophosphonic compounds. dans Targets in Heterocyclic Systems (THS)- Reviews and Accounts on Heterocylic Chemistry (éditeurs Attanasi, O.A.; Spinelli, D) Société Chimique Italienne, Division de Chimie Médicinale 2010, 14, 49-79.