Sarah Keller

SarahSarah Keller
Post-doctoral Fellow
Chimie ParisTech
PSL University
Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences
Laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Biology
+33 1 44 27 56 04


Sarah was born in 1987 in Lörrach in the south of Germany, where she also grew up and went to school. She did her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany. In 2013, she moved to Switzerland, where she did her PhD at the University of Basel in the group of Professor Housecroft and Professor Constable on luminescent copper(I) complexes for application in lighting devices.

During her 2-year postdoctoral stay in the Gasser group, Sarah works on the development of new organometallic antiparasitic drug candidates.

In her free time, Sarah likes to go climbing, visit concerts and she enjoys travelling to new places whenever she has a chance to.


2018: Feoder Lynen Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

2018: Early Postoc.Mobility Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

2017:    Albert Hofmann PhD Award for Excellence in Research.

2016:    Chemistry Travel Award by SCNAT, SCS and SSFC.


[1] M. Alkan-Zambada, S. Keller, L. Martínez-Sarti, A. Prescimone, J. M. Junquera-Hernández, E. C. Constable, H. J. Bolink, M. Sessolo, E. Ortí, C. E. Housecroft: [Cu(P^P)(N^N)][PF6] compounds with bis(phosphane) and 6-alkoxy, 6-alkylthio, 6-phenyloxy and 6-phenylthio-substituted 2,2′-bipyridine ligands for light-emitting electrochemical cells, J. Chem. Mater. C., accepted 18.07.2018.

[2] S. Keller, A. Prescimone, H Bolink, M. Sessolo, G. Longo, L. Martínez-Sarti, J. M. Junquera-Hernández, E. C. Constable, E. Ortí,  C. E. Housecroft: Luminescent copper(I) complexes with bisphosphane and halogen-substituted 2,2′-bipyridine ligands, Dalton Trans., 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c8dt01338a.

[3] S. Keller, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft: Copper(I) and silver(I) complexes of 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis(di-tert-butylphosphino)xanthene: photophysical properties and structural rigidity under pressure, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c7pp00432j. Invited article for the “ICP 2017-Strasbourg” themed issue.

[4] S. Keller, F. Brunner, J. M. Junquera-Hernández, A. Pertegás, M.-G. La-Placa, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, H. J. Bolink, E. Ortí, C. E. Housecroft: CF3 substitution of [Cu(P^P)(bpy)][PF6] complexes: Effects on photophysical properties and light-emitting electrochemical cell performance, ChemPlusChem 2018, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201700501. Invited article for the “Optoelectronic Special” issue.

[5] Keller, T. N. Camenzind, J. Abraham, A. Prescimone, D. Häussinger, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft: Self-Assembly of heteroleptic dinuclear silver(I) complexes bridged by bis(diphenylphosphino)ethyne, Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 946 – 957.

[6] S. Keller, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft: Dinuclear [Cu2(N^N)(P^P)2][PF6]2 complexes containing bridging 2,3,5,6-tetra(pyridin-2-yl)pyrazine or 2,4,6-tri(pyridin-2-yl)-1,3,5-triazine ligands, Polyhedron 2016, 116, 3 – 11.

[7] S. Keller, A. Pertegás, G. Longo, L. Martinez, J. Cerdá, J. M. Junquera-Hernández, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft, E. Ortí, H. J. Bolink: Shine bright or live long: substituent effects in [Cu(N^N)(P^P)]+-based light-emitting electrochemical cells where N^N is a 6-substituted 2,2′-bipyridine, J. Mater. Chem. C. 2016, 4, 3857 – 3871.

[8] F. Brunner, L. Martínez-Sarti, S. Keller, A. Pertegás, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, H. J. Bolink, C. E. Housecroft: Peripheral halo-functionalization in [Cu(N^N)(P^P)]+ emitters: Influence on the performances of light-emitting electrochemical cells, Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 15180 – 15192.

[9] F. Brunner, M. Klein, S. Keller, C. D. Morris, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft: The beneficial effects of trifluoromethyl-substituents on the photoconversion efficiency of copper(I) dyes in dye-sensitized solar cells, RSC Advances 2015, 5, 58694 – 58703.

[10] S. Keller, F. Brunner, A. Prescimone, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft: Hexafluoridophosphate partial hydrolysis leading to the one-dimensional coordination polymer [{Cu(xantphos)(µ-PO2F2)}n], Inorg. Chem. Commun. 2015, 58, 64 – 66.

[11] S. Murray, S. Keller, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft, M. Neuburger, A. Prescimone : [Cu(N^N)(P^P)]+ complexes with 2,2’:6’,2’’-terpyridine ligands as the N^N domain, Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 7626 – 7633.

[12] S. Keller, E. C. Constable, C. E. Housecroft, M. Neuburger, A. Prescimone, G. Longo, A. Pertegás, M. Sessolo, H. J. Bolink: [Cu(bpy)(P^P)]+ containing light-emitting electrochemical cells: improving performance through simple substitution, Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 16593 – 16596.

[13] A. Higelin, S. Keller, C. Göhringer, C. Jones, I. Krossing: Unusual Tilted Carbene Coordination in Carbene Complexes of Gallium(I) and Indium(I), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 4941 – 4944.

[14] J. Li, C. Schenk, F. Winter, H. Scherer, N. Trapp, A. Higelin, S. Keller, R. Pöttgen, I. Krossing, C. Jones: Weak Arene Stabilization of Bulky Amido-Germanium(II) and Tin(II) Monocations, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 18, 9695 – 9699.

[15] A. Higelin, U. Sachs, S. Keller, I. Krossing: Univalent Gallium and Indium Phosphane Complexes: From Pyramidal M(PPh3)3+ to Carbene-Analogous Bent M(PtBu3)2+ (M = Ga, In) Complexes, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 10029 – 10034.

[16] Patent: “Process for the purification of 2,6-diisopropyl phenol”, International application number: PCT/EP2012/058177, International publication date: 15.11.2012