Bernold Hasenknopf

Institution: Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Bernold Hasenknopf studied chemistry in Germany, France and Great Britain, and obtained his Ph. D. in 1996 under the supervision of Jean-Marie Lehn at the University of Strasbourg for his work on circular helicates. He then joined the group of Peter Schultz in Berkeley for one year to work on unnatural biopolymers and catalytic antibodies. In 1997, he became faculty member of the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris where he is full professor now. His research interests focus on supramolecular chemistry of multimetallic assemblies, and their interactions with biomolecules. In a very close and fruitful collaboration with Serge Thorimbert and Emmanuel Lacôte since more than ten years, he developed methods for organic post-functionalization of polyoxometalates. In 2009, he founded a group for supramolecular chemistry at the Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire. His current projects concern the assembly of polyoxometalates, polyrotaxanes for bimodal imaging and switchable magnetic tweezers.