Synthetic Chemistry

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Synthetic Chemistry


Joint research unit UPPA/CNRS - Institute of analytical sciences and phy-sical chemistry for the environment and materials (IPREM)

Key figures


Leaders: Shih-Yuan LIU - Anna Chrostowska

  • 4 Permanent employees
  • 2 PhD
  • 5 Post-doctoral fellows

Key dates

  • Kick-off: march 2019
  • Duration : 5 years

Financial contribution/year

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Synthetic Chemistry ChairDeveloping new energy conversion platforms using boron-nitrogen heterocycles

Developing new energy conversion platforms using boron-nitrogen heterocycles

The field of Shih-Yuan LIU's Chair is that of synthetic chemistry, and more specifically the development of molecules of major importance for biomedical research and materials science..

We are engaged in synthetic chemistry with emphasis on developing molecules of importance in biomedical research and materials science. We are particularly interested in the development of boron(B)–nitrogen(N)-containing heterocycles, specifically azaborines.

These are structures resulting from the replacement of two carbon atoms in benzene with a boron and a nitrogen atom. Azaborines closely match the size and shape of ordinary benzene rings, but most of their other physical, chemical, and spectroscopic properties are significantly altered.

We aim to exploit the unique properties of azaborines and investigate their potential as arene surrogates in materials and biomedical research.

Our approach combines the broad utility of arenes with the unique elemental features of boron. Areas of exploration include organic synthesis, catalysis, hydrogen storage, optoelectronic materials, and drug discovery.


Shih-Yuan LIU (shihyuan.liu @,
Boston College (USA)

  • 1998 TU Wien (BSc)
  • 2003 MIT (PhD organic chemistry with Gregory C. Fu)
  • 2003-2006 MIT (Postdoc inorganic chemistry with Daniel G. Nocera)
  • 2006-2012 Assistant Professor, Univ. of Oregon
  • 2012-2013 Associate Professor, Univ. of Oregon
  • 2013- Full Professor, Boston College

Expertise: Synthetic organic chemistry