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Metathesis: from Chauvin to Green Chemistry




Gold Nanoparticles


Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis


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Recent comprehensive reviews :


Dendrimers Designed for Functions: From Physical, Photophysical and Supramolecular Properties to Applications in Sensing, Catalysis, Molecular Electronics, Photonics and Nanomedicine..

D. Astruc, E. Boisselier, C. Ornelas. Chem. Rev. 2010, 110 , (4), 1857–1959.

Historical review :

The Molecular Trees : from Syntheses towards Applications.

Ardoin, N. ; Astruc, D. Bull. Soc. Chim. Fr . 1995, 132, 875-909.

Biomedicinal review :

Research Avenues on Dendrimers Towards Molecular Biology : from Biomimetism to Medicinal Engineering

Astruc, D. C. R. Acad. Sci. 1996, 322, Série II b, 757-766.

Review on dendrimers in catalysis :



Dendritic Catalysts and Dendrimers in Catalysis

D. Astruc, F. Chardac. Chem. Rev ., 2001, 101, 2991-3031

Olefin metathesis in water using dendrimers :

Dendrimer-induced Molecular Catalysis in Water: the Example of Olefin Metathesis

A. K. Diallo, E. Boisselier, L. Liang, J. Ruiz, D. Astruc

Chem. Eur. J . 2010, 16, 11832 – 11835.

Account on the applications of metallocene dendrimers :

Metallocenyl Dendrimers and their Applications in Molecular Electronics, Sensing and Catalysis

D. Astruc, C. Ornelas, J. Ruiz. Acc. Chem. Res ., 2008, 41 (7) 841-856.

Accounts on the applications of dendrimers as anion sensors

Dendrimers and gold nanoparticles as exo-receptors sensing biologically important anions

D. Astruc, M.-C. Daniel, J. Ruiz

Chem. Commun (feature article), 2004, 2637-2649

Special journal issues on dendrimers :

- Dendrimers and Nanoscience. Rédacteur: D. Astruc, C. R. Chimie, 2003, 6 Vols 8-10, 709-1208.

-Special issue on Dendrimer Symposium 5: New. J. Chem. 2007, 31, 1027-1378


Electron-Transfer Processes in Dendrimers and their Implication in Biology, Catalysis, Sensing and Nanotechnology.

D. Astruc. Nature Chemistry, 2012, 40, 255 - 267.  (Open access)

Books on dendrimers :

  • Newkome, G. R.; Moorefield, C. N.; Vögtle, F. Dendrimers and Dendrons. Concepts, Syntheses, Applications, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim,2001.
  • Dendrimers and Other Dendritic Polymers , Tomalia, D. A.; Fréchet; J. M. J. Eds; Wiley: Amsterdam, 2001.
  • Advances in Dendritic Molecules , Newkome, G. R. Ed., JAI Press, Greenwich, Vols 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, resp. 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2002.
  • Vögtle, F.; Richardt, G.; Werner, N. Dendrimer Chemistry: Concepts, Syntheses, Properties, Applications, Wiley: Weinheim, 2009.