Emmanuel Nicolas obtained his diploma and master from École Polytechnique in 2010. In then did his PhD at École Polytechnique under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Mézailles and Dr. Greg Nocton, on the synthesis and use of reduced metal complexes for C–H bond and small molecules activation. After graduating in 2013, he moved for a post-doctoral period in the group of Ass. Pr. Chris Slootweg to work on Frustrated Lewis Pairs that can be used as replacements for transition metals. He arrived in the group in September 2015 as a post-doctoral researcher to work on Ruthenium-mediated formic acid disproportionation with innovative participative ligands, and was recruited as a permanent researcher in December 2017. His current research interests are focused on the reduction and conversion of CO2 for energetic molecules such as formic acid, methanol, or closely related syngas.
- DeNOSOr PRC Grant 2022-2026 in collaboration with Pr.
Costentin (UGA) and
Dr Quaranta (Institut Joliot)
 Metal-Free Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Chlorosilanes into Hydrosilanes with "Inverse" Frustrated Lewis Pairs. G. Durin, J.-C. Berthet, P. Thuéry, E. Nicolas, T. Cantat*, Preprint, Chem. Eur. J. 2023.
 Evaluation of acetophenone as a novel alcohol-cycloalkane bifunctional liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC). F. D'Ambra, J. Levy, P. Hajiyev, T. Cantat, G. Gébel, V. Faucheux, E. Nicolas*, Int. J. Hydrog. Energy 2023.
 Metal-free Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Silyl Triflates and Halides into Hydrosilanes. G. Durin, A. Fontaine, J.-C. Berthet, E. Nicolas, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat*, Preprint, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022.
 The Role of (tBuPOCOP)Ir(I) and iridium(III) Pincer Complexes in the Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Silyl Triflates into Hydrosilanes. G. Durin, J.-C. Berthet, E. Nicolas, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat*, Preprint, Organometallics 2021.
 Photocatalytic deoxygenation of N–O bonds with rhenium complexes: from the reduction of nitrous oxide to pyridine N-oxides. M. Kjellberg, A. Ohleier, P. Thuéry, E. Nicolas, L. Anthore-Dalion*, T. Cantat*, Preprint, Chem. Sci. 2021.
 Copper–Ligand Cooperativity in H2 Activation Enables the Synthesis of Copper Hydride Complexes. A. Aloisi, É. Crochet, E. Nicolas, J.-C. Berthet, C. Lescot, P. Thuéry, T. Cantat*, Preprint, Organometallics 2021.
 Coupling Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction with Thermocatalysis Enables the Formation of a Lactone Monomer. L. Ponsard, E. Nicolas, N. H. Tran, S. Lamaison, D. Wakerley, T. Cantat*, M. Fontecave, ChemSusChem 2021.
 Catalytic challenges and strategies for the carbonylation of σ-bonds . T. Nasr Allah, L. Ponsard, E. Nicolas, T. Cantat*, Green Chem. 2021.
 Catalytic Metal-Free Deoxygenation of Nitrous Oxide with Disilanes. L. Anthore-Dalion*, E. Nicolas, T. Cantat*, ACS Catalysis 2019.
 Carbonylation of C−N Bonds in Tertiary Amines Catalyzed by Low‐Valent Iron Catalysts. T. N. Allah, S. Savourey, J.-C. Berthet, E. Nicolas, T Cantat*, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019.
 Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Amine-Boranes using Geminal Phosphino-Boranes. D. H. A. Boom, E. J. J. de Boed, E. Nicolas, M. Nieger, A.W. Ehlers, A. R. Jupp, J. C. Slootweg*, Zeitschrift Anorg. Allg. Chemie 2020.
 “[(dcpp)Ni(η2-Arene)] Precursors: Synthesis, Reactivity, and Catalytic Application to the Suzuki–Miyaura Reaction. F. D’Accriscio, A. Ohleier, E. Nicolas, M. Demange, O. Thillaye Du Boullay, N. Saffon-Merceron, M. Fustier-Boutignon, E. Rezabal, G. Frison, N. Nebra, N. Mézailles*, Organometallics 2020.
 [4+2] versus [2+2] Homodimerization in P(V) Derivatives of 2,4-Disubstituted Phospholes. G. Bousrez, E. Nicolas, A. Martinez, S. Chevreux, F. Jaroschik*, Heteroatom Chemistry 2019.
 Ring-opening of Epoxides Mediated by Frustrated Lewis Pairs. T. Krachko, E. Nicolas, A. W. Ehlers, M. Nieger, J. C. Slootweg*, Chem. Eur. J. 2018. Highlighted as "Hot Paper"
 Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of Formal 20 Electron Zirconocene-Pentafulvene Complexes. F. Jaroschik, M. Penkhues, B. Bahlmann, E. Nicolas, M. Fischer, F. Massicot, A. Martinez, D. Harakat, M. Schmidtmann, R. Kokkuvayil Vasu, J.-L. Vasse, R. Beckhaus, Organometallics, 2017.
 A Significant but Constrained Geometry Pt/Al Interaction: Fixation of CO2 and CS2 , Activation of H2 and PhCONH2. M. Devillard, R. Declercq, E. Nicolas, A. W. Ehlers, J. Backs, S. Mallet-Ladeira, G. Bouhadir, J. C. Slootweg,W. Uhl, D. Bourissou, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016.
 A new synthetic route to the electron-deficient ligand tris(3,4,5-tribromopyrazol-1-yl)phosphine oxide. E. Nicolas, T. Cheisson, G. B. de Jong, C. G. J. Tazelaar, J. C. Slootweg, Acta Cryst. C 2016.
 Metal-Free Reduction of Phosphine Oxides Using Polymethylhydrosiloxane. E. Nicolas, A. Guerriero, V. Lyaskovskyy, M. Peruzzini, K. Lammertsma, L. Gonsalvi, J. C. Slootweg, Inorganics 2016.
 Tris(pyrazolyl)phosphines with copper(I): from monomers to polymers. C. G. J. Tazelaar, E. Nicolas, T. van Dijk, D. L. J. Broere, M. Cardol, M. Lutz, D. Gudat, J. C. Slootweg, K. Lammertsma, Dalton Trans. 2016.
 Dative Au→Al Interactions: Crystallographic Characterization and Computational Analysis. M. Devillard, E. Nicolas, A.W. Ehlers, J. Backs, S. Mallet-Ladeira, G. Bouhadir, J. C. Slootweg, W. Uhl, D. Bourissou, Chem. Eur. J. 2015. Highlighted as a "Hot Paper" and a Frontispiece for the issue.
 "(Diphosphine)Nickel"-Catalyzed Negishi Cross-Coupling: An Experimental and Theoretical Study. E. Nicolas, A. Ohleier, F. D’Accriscio, A.-F. Pécharman, M. Demange, P. Ribagnac, J. Ballester, C. Gosmini, N. Mézailles, Chem. Eur. J. 2015. Highlighted in Cheminform 2015, 46, 41
 Novel zwitterionic complexes arising from the coordination of an ambiphilic phosphorus-aluminum ligand to gold. M. Devillard, E. Nicolas, C. Appelt, J. Backs, S. Mallet-Ladeira, G. Bouhadir, J. C. Slootweg, W. Uhl, D. Bourissou, Chem. Commun. 2014. Highlighted in Nachrichten aus der Chemie 2015, 63, 227.
 Ti(OiPr)4/nBuLi: an attractive reagent system for [2+2+2] cyclotrimerisation reactions. V. A. Rassadin, E. Nicolas, Y. Six, Chem. Commun. 2014. Highlighted in Synfacts, 2014, 10, 968.
 Ti-mediated intramolecular cyclopropanation of N-alkenyl thioamides: scope and mechanistic study. F. Hermant, E. Nicolas and Y. Six, , Tetrahedron 2014. Highlighted in Synfacts, 2014, 10, 940.
 Reductive Alkylation of Thioamides with Grignard Reagents in the Presence of Ti(OiPr)4: Insight and Extension. F. Hermant, E. Urbańska, S. Seizilles de Mazancourt, T. Maubert, E. Nicolas, Y. Six, Organometallics 2014.
 Reactivity differences between 2,4- and 2,5-disubstituted zirconacyclopentadienes: a highly selective and general approach to 2,4-disubstituted phospholes. G. Bousrez, F. Jaroschik, A. Martinez, D. Harakat, E. Nicolas, X. F. Le Goff, J. Szymoniak, Dalton Trans. 2013.
 CO Activation by (Diphosphane)platinum(0): Carbonate and Acetone Formation – Experimental and Mechanistic Study. E. Nicolas, G.Nocton, N. Mézailles, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013.
 Activation of X–H Bonds (X = N, P, O, S) with SCS Pincer Palladium Complexes: A Theoretical Study. E. Nicolas, B. Martin-Vaca, N. Mézailles, D. Bourissou, L. Maron, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013.
 Room temperature reversible C-H activation mediated by a Pt(0) center, and stoichiometric biphenyl formation via solvent activation. E. Nicolas, X.-F. le Goff, S. Bouchonnet, N. Mézailles, Chem. Commun. 2012.