Through its history and its activities, the Fundamental and Applied Heterochemistry Laboratory is positioned as one of the leading laboratories in the chemistry of heteroelements at national and international level. Its core business is the synthesis and study of original molecules, highly reactive species. This transversal axis represents a common denominator of the activities of the different teams and gives good thematic coherence to the laboratory. However, the research themes developed are not limited to the study of highly reactive species derived from elements of the p block.

The laboratory's guideline is to combine advanced fundamental research (unusual chemical structures, original bonding modes, new chemical transformations) with more applied aspects in high-stakes areas (catalysis, materials, nanochemistry).

Thus, the activity and expertise of the LHFA have been greatly enriched and major projects, related to the chemistry of heteroelements, have been gradually initiated. In particular, we can point out important contributions in coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry, in the field of nanoparticles (based on metals and/or heteroelements), in the chemistry of polymers. An increasingly strong interest in catalysis has also developed, both for fine chemistry and for the controlled synthesis of polymers.

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