Organometallics for Sustainable Chemistry and Quantum Technologies

Nocton Research group

Grégory Nocton - personal website

Grants and Awards

• ERC Consolidator Grant (2022-2027), Principal Investigator
• Coordination Chemistry Division Junior Award, French Chemical Society - 2021
• AID research grant (2021-2023), Investigator• ANR RelaxMax (2020-2024), Principal Investigator
• PEDR 2017-2020: Management and Research bonus from the CNRS
• ERC Starting Grant (2017-2022), Principal Investigator
• Bronze medal of the CNRS (Young Investigator Award, CNRS) - 2016
• ANR ReDivaLan (2015-2018), Principal Investigator
• ANR PsalenOx (2013-2017), Investigator
• Best Talk Award (French Chemical Society, Coordination Chemistry Division, Lyon, February - 2013)
• Best Talk Award (French Chemical Society, Coordination Chemistry Division, Reims, January - 2009)
• Best Poster Award from the Graduate School in chemistry (June - 2008)
• Master studies Scholarship from the French Office for the Higher Education and Research (2005-2006)
• Student Research Scholarship from the German-French Youth Office (May 2005- August 2005)


I was born in June 1983 in Reims, Champagne, France. After a Bachelor of science followed by a master in Inorganic and Bio-inorganic chemistry in the universities of Reims (France), TU München (Germany) and Grenoble (France), I have completed a PhD (2006-2009) on the coordination chemistry and redox reactivity of uranium with Marinella Mazzanti at the CEA of  Grenoble, France. I then joined Dick Andersen's lab at the University of California Berkeley for two fantastics years working on low-valent organometallics and studying in depth their odd electronic structures.

I came back in France at the end of 2011 as a CRNS researcher at the Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire (Molecular Chemistry Lab) of the Ecole polytechnique, a leading science and technology institution in France. I am now developing a research on organometallic compounds with potential applications in small molecules activation and catalysis. We are interested in the deep study of the characteristics of the new molecules and use many different spectroscopies.

I received the bronze medal of the CNRS in 2016, young investigator prize, and have several research grants from the french national agency (ANR) for research and the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant, 2016 and Consolidator Grant, 2022). Since 2018, I am also associate professor (Professeur chargé de cours) at Ecole polytechnique and teach symmetry and spectroscopy (including NMR) as well as supramolecular chemistry.