Karinne Miqueu: Reactivity of molecular systems

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Karinne MiqueuReactivity of molecular systems

Karinne Miqueu is a young French CNRS researcher who works at the IPREM at UPPA. She was recruited in 2002 as a CNRS researcher, after a doctorate in Physical-Chemistry at UPPA, and two post-doctoral positions, at the Physicial Chemistry Department of the University of Southampton (UK), then in the Fundamental and Applied Heterochemistry Laboratory at the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France). As a physical-chemist, her research activities are focused on the understanding of reactivity of molecular systems through a combined experimental-theoretical approach. Her research is primarily funded by the National Research Agency (ANR). Karinne Miqueu received the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2010. She is the author of 92 publications, featuring an average of 1841 citations (not including self-citations) with an hindex of 26.


Karinne Miqueu's research aims at understanding the reactivity of main group chemistry, organometallic compounds, transition metal complexes as well as highly reactive species by a combined experimental-theoretical approach. To this end, computational chemistry is coupled with experimental data obtained either by experimental partners or with an original spectroscopy method, the UV-Photoelectron Spectroscopy in gas phase. The IPREM is the only laboratory in France that possesses this kind of spectrometer. This technique obtains ionization potentials of molecules, their fingerprints.

This research applies to various domains of application:

  • molecular materials based on π-conjugated oligomers to achieve the preparation of photovoltaic devices,
  • polymer chemistry
  • homogeneous catalysis to perform precise and selective synthesis of high-added value compounds (drugs, chemical feedstocks, paints, cosmetics, materials…) starting from simple reactants.

Karinne Miqueu is particularly interested in:

  • the rationalization of the relationship between the structural rearrangement of these new compounds and their electronic, spectroscopic (NMR, IR…) and opto-electronic properties,
  • the identification of reactive sites correlated with the reactional behavior
  • the theoretical design of new compounds, mainly catalysts, with specific properties
  • the analysis of new bonding situations or unusual coordination modes.

Theoretical mechanistic investigations are also the heart of her research. They aim at improving the selectivity of new reactions and optimizing the effectiveness of useful chemical processes.

List of most significant publications

  • "On the Versatile and Unusual Coordination Behavior of Ambiphilic Ligands o-R2P(Ph)BR'2."
    S. Bontemps G. Bouhadir, K. Miqueu, D. Bourissou, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128 (37), 2006, 12056-12057.
  • "How to Build Fully pi-Conjugated Architectures with Thienylene and Phenylene Fragments."
    S. Lois, J-C. Florès, J-P. Lère-Porte, F. Serein-Spirau, J-J.E. Moreau, K. Miqueu, J-M. Sotiropoulos, P. Baylère, M. Tillard, C. Belin, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2007, 4019-4031.
  • "Room-Temperature, Ligand- and Base-Free Heck Reactions of Aryl Diazonium Salts at Low Palladium Loading: Sustainable Preparation of Substituted Stilbene Derivatives."
    F-X. Felpin, K. Miqueu, J-M. Sotiropoulos, E. Fouquet, O. Ibarguren, J. Laudien, Chemistry-A European Journal, 16 (17), 2010, 5191-5204.
  • "Spontaneous Oxidative Addition of σ-Si-Si Bonds at Gold." P. Gualco, S. Ladeira, K. Miqueu, A. Amgoune, D. Bourissou, Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 50 (36), 2011, 8320-8324.
  • Imidazol(in)ium Hydrogen Carbonates as a Genuine Source of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs): Applications to the Facile Preparation of NHC Metal Complexes and to NHC-Organocatalyzed Molecular and Macromolecular Syntheses.
    M. Fevre, J. Pinaud, A. Leteneur, Y. Gnanou, J. Vignolle, D. Taton, K. Miqueu, J-M. Sotiropoulos, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (15), 2012, 6776-6784.
  • A Contribution to the Direct Observation of Transient Phosphanylidene Complexes [RP=W(CO)5, (R: Me, Ph)]: A Revisited Approach to Their Electronic Structure by UV Photoelectron Spectroscopy." S. Labat, K. Miqueu, J.-M. Sotiropoulos, P. Baylère, G. Pfister-Guillouzo, N-H Tran-Huy, F. Mathey, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 1694-1705.
  • "Experimental and theoretical evidence for an agostic interaction in a Gold(III) complex." F. Rekhroukh, L. EsteĢvez, C. Bijani, K. Miqueu, A. Amgoune, D. Bourissou. Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 55, (10), 2016, 3414.