Gabriel Canard


Ingénierie Moléculaire et Matériaux Fonctionnels



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TPR1 - 5 étage




enseignant - chercheur





Chimie supramoléculaire, systèmes pi-conjugués, électrochimie


1) Syntheses and applications of porphyrins and corroles

2) Covalent and non-covalent multichromophoric assemblies

3) Electrochemistry

4) Syntheses and characterizations of benzoquinone mono-, and diimines, of azacalixarenes and of azacalixphyrins


Dr. Gabriel Canard is Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) at Aix-Marseille University.

He carried his undergraduate study in chemistry at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) where he completed his Ph.D thesis in 2004 with the supervision of Dr. Jean-Michel Barbe in the group of Pr. Roger Guilard. His Ph.D thesis was dealing with the selective adsorption of carbon monoxide by hybrid organic-inorganic materials incorporating cobalt(III) corroles.

He moved to the University of Geneva (Switzerland) to work as a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Prof. Claude Piguet, where he developed various helicates incorporating lanthanide ions to investigate the contribution of various thermodynamic parameters in the stabilities of polymetallic complexes.

In 2007, he was recruited as a Maître de Conférences at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) of Aix-Marseille University where he teaches chemistry to undergraduate students. His research was done in the group of Pr. Teodor Silviu Balaban and was dealing with the syntheses, functionalizations and self-assemblies of porphyrin derivatives and of their contracted homologues corroles.

In October 2012, he joined the group of Dr. Olivier Siri at the CINaM where besides his research interest on porphyrinoids, he is involved in the main group research topics on the synthesis and developments of azacalixarenes and benzoquinone-diimines derivatives.

Dr. Gabriel Canard is involved in the ANR program EMA and received his "Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches" in december 2017.



Exciton Interactions, Excimer Formation, and [2π+2π] Photodimerization in Nonconjugated Curcuminoid‐BF 2 Dimers

Manon Catherin, Olatz Uranga-Barandiaran, Arnaud Brosseau, Rémi Métivier, Gabriel Canard, Anthony d'Aléo, David Casanova, Frederic Castet, Elena Zaborova, Frédéric Fages

Chemistry - A European Journal 26:3818-3828 (2020)10.1002/chem.201905122

Mixed N-Aryl/Alkyl Substitution Favours an Unusual Tautomer of Near-Infrared Absorbing Azacalixphyrins

Lucien Lavaud, Cloé Azarias, Gabriel Canard, Simon Pascal, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

New Journal of Chemistry (2020)10.1039/D0NJ04587J

Stabilization of a 12-π electrons diamino-benzoquinonediimine tautomer

Jean-François Longevial, Zhongrui Chen, Simon Pascal, Gabriel Canard, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Chemical Communications (2020)10.1039/D0CC06815B

Small Panchromatic and NIR Absorbers from Quinoid Zwitterions

Angélina Torres Ruiz, Manon Bousquet, Simon Pascal, Gabriel Canard, Valérie Mazan, Mourad Elhabiri, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Organic Letters (2020)10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02926


Versatile transamination in quinonediimine chemistry: Towards a novel class of water soluble UV/violet chromophores

Zhongrui Chen, Maxime Bert, Simon Pascal, Gabriel Canard, Olivier Siri

Tetrahedron Letters 151024 (2019)10.1016/j.tetlet.2019.151024

Fused Bis-Azacalixphyrin that reaches NIR II absorptions

Lucien Lavaud, Cloe Azarias, Gabriel Canard, Simon Pascal, Joachim Galiana, Michel Giorgi, Zhongrui Chen, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Chemical Communications (2019)10.1039/C9CC09021E

Azacalixquinarenes: From Canonical to (Poly-)Zwitterionic Macrocycles

Simon Pascal, Lucien Lavaud, Cloé Azarias, Alexandre Varlot, Gabriel Canard, Michel Giorgi, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Journal of Organic Chemistry 84:1387-1397 (2019)10.1021/acs.joc.8b02847


Meso-Ester Corroles

Gabriel Canard, Di Gao, Anthony d'Aléo, Michel Giorgi, Florian-Xuan Dang, Teodor Silviu Balaban

Chemistry - A European Journal (2018)

Regioselective addition of DDQ on a quinoid ring: an entry into chiral zwitterionic bridging ligands

Gabriel Canard, Zhongrui Chen, Aprilliyani Suryaningtias, Marion Jean, Nicolas Vanthuyne, Michel Giorgi, Christian Roussel, Olivier Siri

New Journal of Chemistry 42:8247-8252 (2018)10.1039/c7nj03765a

Hetero-Bimetallic Effect as a Route to Access Multinuclear Complexes

Zhongrui Chen, Gabriel Canard, Denis Jacquemin, Christophe Bucher, Michel Giorgi, Olivier Siri

Inorganic Chemistry 57:12536-12542 (2018)10.1021/acs.inorgchem.8b01466

High-efficiency electroluminescence and amplified spontaneous emission from a thermally activated delayed fluorescent near-infrared emitter

Dae-Hyeon Kim, Anthony D’aléo, Xian-Kai Chen, Atula Sandanayaka, Dandan Yao, Li Zhao, Takeshi Komino, Elena Zaborova, Gabriel Canard, Youichi Tsuchiya, Eunyoung Choi, Jeong Weon Wu, Frédéric Fages, Jean-Luc Brédas, Jean-Charles Ribierre, Chihaya Adachi

Nature Photonics 12:98-104 (2018)

Azacalixphyrins as NIR photoacoustic contrast agents

Lucien Lavaud, Simon Pascal, Khaled Metwally, Damien Gasteau, Anabela da Silva, Zhongrui Chen, Mourad Elhabiri, Gabriel Canard, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Chemical Communications 54:12365-12368 (2018)10.1039/C8CC05851B

Controlling the canonical/zwitterionic balance through intramolecular proton transfer: a strategy for vapochromism

Simon Pascal, Lucien Lavaud, Cloé Azarias, Gabriel Canard, Michel Giorgi, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Materials Chemistry Frontiers 2:1618-1625 (2018)10.1039/C8QM00171E

Near-Infrared Electroluminescence and Low Threshold Amplified Spontaneous Emission above 800 nm from a Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescent Emitter

Hao Ye, Dae Hyeon Kim, Xiankai Chen, Atula Sandanayaka, Jong Uk Kim, Elena Zaborova, Gabriel Canard, Youichi Tsuchiya, Eun Young Choi, Jeong Weon Wu, Frédéric Fages, Jean-Luc Brédas, Anthony D’aléo, Jean-Charles Ribierre, Chihaya Adachi

Chemistry of Materials 30:6702-6710 (2018)10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02247


Synthesis of Bioinspired Curcuminoid Small Molecules for Solution-Processed Organic Solar Cells with High Open-Circuit Voltage

Florence Archet, Dandan Yao, Sylvain Chambon, Mamatimin Abbas, Anthony D’aléo, Gabriel Canard, Miguel Ponce-Vargas, Elena Zaborova, Boris Le Guennic, Guillaume Wantz, Frédéric Fages

ACS Energy Letters 2:1303-1307 (2017)10.1021/acsenergylett.7b00157

Influence of the electron donor groups on the optical and electrochemical properties of borondifluoride complexes of curcuminoid derivatives: a joint theoretical and experimental study

Gabriel Canard, Miguel Ponce-Vargas, Denis Jacquemin, Boris Le Guennic, Abdellah Felouat, Morgane Rivoal, Elena Zaborova, Anthony d'Aléo, Fréderic Fages

RSC Advances 7:10132-10142 (2017)10.1039/c6ra25436e

Straightforward metal-free synthesis of an azacalix[6]arene forming a host–guest complex with fullerene C 60

Zhongrui Chen, Gabriel Canard, Cloé Azarias, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

New Journal of Chemistry 41:5284-5290 (2017)10.1039/c7nj00697g

Boron difluoride hemicurcuminoid as an efficient far red to near-infrared emitter: toward OLEDs and laser dyes

A. d'Aléo, M. Sazzad, D. Kim, E. Choi, J. Wu, G. Canard, F. Fages, C. Ribierre, C. Adachi

Chemical Communications 53:7003-7006 (2017)10.1039/c7cc01786c

Synthesis and Characterization of Ruffled Phosphorus meso -Ester Corroles

Di Gao, Cloé Azarias, Anthony d'Aléo, Michel Giorgi, Olivier Siri, Teodor Silviu Balaban, Denis Jacquemin, Gabriel Canard

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2017:780-788 (2017)10.1002/ejic.201601172

Di- vs. tetra-substituted quinonediimines: a drastic effect on coordination chemistry

Lucien Lavaud, Zhongrui Chen, Mourad Elhabiri, Denis Jacquemin, Gabriel Canard, Olivier Siri

Dalton Transactions 46:12794-12803 (2017)10.1039/c7dt01884c

Straightforward Syntheses That Avoid Scrambling of meso -Substituted [28]Hexaphyrins

Rémi Plamont, Teodor Silviu Balaban, Gabriel Canard

European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2017:593-599 (2017)10.1002/ejoc.201601342

Ethynylene-analogues of hemicurcuminoids: Synthesis and ground- and excited properties of their boron difluoride complexes

B. Štefane, F. Požgan, E. Kim, E. Choi, J.-C. Ribierre, J.W. Wu, Miguel-Armando Ponce-Vargas, Boris Le Guennic, D. Jacquemin, G. Canard, E. Zaborova, F. Fages, A. d'Aléo

Dyes and Pigments 141:38-47 (2017)10.1016/j.dyepig.2017.02.005


Polymerization Initiated by Organic Electron Donors

Julie Broggi, Marion Rollet, Jean-Louis Clément, Gabriel Canard, Thierry Terme, Didier Gigmes, Patrice Vanelle

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 55:5994-5999 (2016)10.1002/anie.201600327

1,3-Alternate Tetra-amido-Azacalix[4]arenes as Selective Anion Receptors

Gabriel Canard, Judicaelle Andeme Edzang, Zhongrui Chen, Matthieu Chessé, Mourad Elhabiri, Michel Giorgi, Olivier Siri

Chemistry - A European Journal 22:5756-5766 (2016)10.1002/chem.201505089

N-Substituted Azacalixphyrins: Synthesis, Properties, and Self-Assembly

Zhongrui Chen, Rose Haddoub, Jerome Mahe, Gabriel Marchand, Denis Jacquemin, Judicaelle Andeme Edzang, Gabriel Canard, Daniel Ferry, Olivier Grauby, Alain Ranguis, Olivier Siri

Chemistry - A European Journal 22:17820-17832 (2016)10.1002/chem.201602288

Transamination at the Crossroad of the One-Pot Synthesis of N-Substituted Quinonediimines and C-Substituted Benzobisimidazoles

Judicaelle Andeme Edzang, Zhongrui Chen, Hassib Audi, Gabriel Canard, Olivier Siri

Organic Letters 18:5340-5343 (2016)10.1021/acs.orglett.6b02640


Light absorption and hole-transport properties of copper corroles: from aggregates to a liquid crystal mesophase

Di Gao, Judicaelle Andeme Edzang, Abdou Karim Diallo, Thibault Dutronc, Teodor Silviu Balaban, Christine Videlot-Ackermann, Emmanuel Terazzi, Gabriel Canard

New Journal of Chemistry 39:7140-7146 (2015)10.1039/C5NJ01268F

An Efficient Synthesis of Porphyrins with Different meso Substituents that Avoids Scrambling in Aqueous Media

Agnieszka Nowak-Krol, Rémi Plamont, Gabriel Canard, J.A. Edzang, Daniel T. Gryko, Teodor Silviu Balaban

Chemistry - A European Journal 21:1488-1498 (2015)10.1002/chem.201403677


Extendable nickel complex tapes that reach NIR absorptions

Hassib Audi, Zhongrui Chen, Azzam Charaf-Eddin, Anthony d'Aleo, Gabriel Canard, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Chemical Communications 50:15140-15143 (2014)10.1039/c4cc07353c

Electronic and Steric Effects of the Peripheral Substitution in Deca- and Undecaaryl Metallocorroles

D. Gao, G. Canard, M. Giorgi, P. Vanloot, T.S. Balaban

European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2014:279-287 (2014)