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Nicolas Durand

Postdoctoral Research Scholar



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Nicolas was born and raised in Laval,  France. He graduated in 2014 at Le Mans University (B.Sc. in Chemistry) and in 2017 at Lyon 1 University (M.Sc. in Inorganic Chemistry). In Spring 2016, during his master degree he had the opportunity to do an internship in Pr. Olivier Tillement’s lab and was working on lanthanide complexes for the anti-counterfeiting in oil and derivatives. He has then joined Dr. Jean-Luc Fillaut and Dr. Huriye Akdas-Kiliç at the University of Rennes 1 (UR1) for his Ph.D. His research was mainly focused on the synthesis and characterization (at one and two-photon) of three novel family of ruthenium complexes. While at UR1, Nicolas obtained a grant to be a visiting graduate student in his new collaborator’s lab, Pr. Sylvia M. Draper at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Dublin. He was able to work on new complexes (iridium/ruthenium) bearing high triplet state lifetime. Nicolas graduated from UR1 with his Ph.D in Chemistry at the end of the Spring 2021. He has then moved to Raleigh in Winter 2022 to join Pr. Felix N. Castellano’s lab as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar.


PhD Chemistry Université de Rennes 1 2022

M. Sc Inorganic Chemistry Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 2017

B. Sc. Chemistry Université du Maine 2015

Technical degree Chemistry Université du Maine 2014

Area(s) of Expertise

- Design of molecule bearing high two-photon cross-section
- Design of ruthenium or iridium complexes bearing diimine ligands (bpy, phen...)


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