Prof. Janine Cossy

Prof. Janine Cossy
Professeur Emérite - Professor Emeritus
Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris - ESPCI Paris
Department C3M: "Molecular, Macromolecular and Material Chemistry"
Team CMC: "Molecular Chemistry and Catalysis"
10 rue Vauquelin 75005 Paris

Areas of research interest and expertise

 New synthetic methods
 Metal-catalyzed cross-couplings (Fe, Co, Ni, Cu)
 Strained rings synthesis and reactivity
 Enantioselective rearrangements
 Synthesis of heterocycles using transition metal catalysts
 Synthesis of Fluorinated compounds
 Natural products synthesis
 Radical chemistry

Professional Career

 1974-1976: PhD (Thèse de 3ème Cycle) at the University Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (supervisor: Prof. J. P. Pète)
 1976-1979: PhD (Thèse d’Etat) at the University Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France (supervisor: Prof. J. P. Pète)
 1980-1982: Postdoctoral Fellow (Natural product synthesis and ring-opening of cyclopropanes) University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA (Prof. B. M. Trost)
 1976-1990: CNRS Research Assistant in Reims, France
 10/1/1990: CNRS Director of Research in Reims, France
 Oct-1990: Full Professor at ESPCI ParisTech (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris), Paris, France.
 1992-2013: Director of a CNRS Research Unity (UMR 7084)
 2008-: Vice-President of Acanthe-Biotech

Awards and honours


  • CNRS Bronze Medal (France)


  • Kippling Lecturership – Nottingham (UK)
  • Langlois Award (France)


  • Jungfleish Award from Académie des Sciences (France)
  • CNRS Silver Medal (France)


  • Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite (France)


  • Novartis Lecturer, Charlosteville (USA)
  • Focus Grant Eli-Lilly (USA)


  • Boerhinger Lecturership, (USA)


  • Focus Grant Johnson and Johnson (USA)


  • UK Royal Society Rosalyn Francklin International Lecturership awarded to internationally recognized women scientists (UK)


  • Gambrinus Fellowship, Dortmund (Germany)
  • Langlois Award for research (France)


  • Abbott Lecturership, Notre-Dame (USA)
  • Eli-Lilly Lecturership Pittsburg (USA)
  • Novartis Lecturership, ETH Zurich (Switzerland).


  • Le Bel Award from the French Chemical Society (France)
  • JSPS fellow, Tokyo University of Sciences, Tokyo (Japan)
  • «Zasshikai Seminar» Lectureship, University of Tokyo (Japan)


  • 2010 RSC/SFC Joint Lecturership in the Chemical Sciences (UK), Royal Society Chemistry - European Lecturership in the Chemical Sciences
  • Astra-Zeneca Lectureship, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • BMS Lecturership, UPenn (USA)


  • ParisTech Award (France)
  • Boerhinger-Ingelheim Lecturership, Université de Laval, Laval (Canada)
  • Boerhinger-Ingelheim Lecturership, Université du Québec, Montréal (Canada)


  • H. C. Brown Lecturership, Purdue University (USA)


  • Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France)


  • Felix Serratosa Lecturership, Barcelona (Spain)
  • GDCh-Bayer Pharma AG Lectureship, Wuppertal (Germany)


  • Eli Lilly Lecturership, Sevilla (Spain)
  • E. C. Taylor Senior Award (USA)
  • UR Ghatak Endowment Award (India)
  • Grant FET Open European’s Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme «Microflusa» (Partner)


  • The Susan P. & Barry M. Trost Lecture in Organic Synthesis (USA)
  • Tarrant Professorship, University of Florida (USA)
  • Marie Curie European Grant «Fluonovelty»


  • Lu Jiaxi Lecturership, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen (China)
  • Elected at the French Academy of Sciences (France)


  • Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Fundation (USA)
  • Promoted Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France)
  • American Chemical Society Fellow (USA)
  • Award of Professor PC RAY Chair from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA, India)


  • IUPAC 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Yangtze Award (Wuhan University, China)
  • Distinguished Novartis Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (Illinois, USA)


 2003: Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Sciences, Tokyo (Japan)

 2013: Visting Professor, University of Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico)

 2015: Visiting Professor, ITT Mumbay (India)

 2018: Visiting Professor, University of Hyderabad (India)

 2019: Visiting Professor, Universitty of Tokyo (Japan)


 2012: Nominated Member of Academia Europae
 2018: Member of the French Academy of Sciences, France

Advisory Panels, Consultancies and Professional Services

 1986 : Secretary of the 12th International Symposium of Heterocyclic Chemistry in Reims, France

 1987-1989: Secretary of the Société Française de Chimie, Division Chimie Organique (SFC-DCO)

 1996-2002: Elected at the ESPCI Administration Council

 2000-2002: Member of the CNRS commission N°16

 1998-2002: Vice-President of the Société Française de Chimie, Division Chimie Organique (SFC-DCO)

 2003-2005: Member of the Administration Council of Archemis

 2003-2007: President of the Société Française de Chimie-Division Chimie Organique (SFC-DCO)

 2006-2009: Elected Titular Member of the IUPAC (Titular Member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division III and Member of the COCI)

 2010-2015: Fellow of the IUPAC

 2007-2014: Member of the COPIL of the RTRA Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Paris (France)

 2009-2012: Representative Member of the Professors of the City of Paris, Paris (France)

 2009-2013: Member of the Direction Committee at ESPCI ParisTech, Paris (France)

 2012- 2013: Member of the Nominating Committee for Division Members and Officers of the IUPAC

 2010-2014: Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee of CNRS

 2011-2015: Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee of ENSCP ParisTech

 2012-2014: Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee of PSL*

 2012- : Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee of CP2 UP (University of Poitiers, France)

 2012- : Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee of the Max-Planck Institute in Mulheim (Germany)

 2013-2015 : Member of the Program Committee 47th IUPAC WCC & 50th GA Paris 2019

 2013- 2015: Member of the Committee for the award of the Société Chimique de France

 2014- : Member of the Chem 21 (Manchester, UK)

 2014- : Member of the Scientific Committee of the Chemistry Department of the Institut Pasteur in Paris (France)

 2014- : Member of the Scientific Committee of PCAS (France)

 Since 2015: European Advisory Board Member of ECHONET

 2016 : Chair of the BOSS XV, Antwerp (Belgium)

 2016- : Member of the Scientific Committee of Novacap (France)

 2017 : Nominated Member of the Scientific Committee, University of Groningen (The Netherland)

 2017- 2023: Member of the Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis

 2018 : Member of the Scientific Committee of DEMETA

 2018 : Nominated Member of the Conseil d’Orientation Scientifique of Toulouse University (JP Vinel, President)

 2018 : Member of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd International Conference Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Synthetic Biology, Noisy Le Grand (France)

 2018 : Organizer of the Symposium « Organometallic Chemistry, COMET » ESPCI Paris, Paris

 2018 : Nominated Chair of the Burgenstock for 2020 and postponed in 2022 (Switzerland)

 2019 : Member of the the scientific committee Photoelectro, Manchester (UK)

 2019 : Advisory board of director at NSJ Prayog life sciences Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad (India)

 2019 : Co-organizer of the C7.2 session: Homogeneous catalysis, IUPAC, Paris, 2019

Consulting Activity

 1995-2001: Rhône-Poulenc and then Rhodia (France)
 2003-2005: Archemis (France)
 1996-2003: L’Oréal (France)
 2009-2013: Merck-Serono (Switzeland)
 2011-2015: Servier

Editorial Activities and Advisory Boards

  • Associate Editor
    • 1990-1997: Bulletin de la Société Chimique de France
    • 2005-2018: Organic Letters
    • 2009- : Arkivoc
  • Editor of books
    • 2004:
      • SOS, Vol 26, Thieme
      • COFGT II, Vol 1, Elsevier
    • 2007: CHEC III, Vol 11, Elsevier
    • 2009: «Metathesis reactions: a milestone in natural product synthesis », Wiley
    • 2012:
      • «Modern tools for the synthesis of complex bioactive molecules» Wiley
      • Chirality, Volume title: Biological significance - Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical Section: Drug Discovery(/MedChem), Elsevier
    • 2014:
      • «Oxygenated heterocyclic compounds», Vol 1, Springer
      • «Oxygenated heterocyclic compounds», Vol 2, Springer
    • 2016: Grignard reagents and transition metal catalysts. Formation of C-C bonds by cross-coupling, De Gruyter
    • 2018: CHEC IV, Elsevier in preparation
    • 2021: Comprehensive Chirality, Second Edition, Second Edition

Setting-up of two companies
 2003: CDP-Innovation (with Dr J. R. Desmurs and Dr J. M. Paris)
 2008: Acanthe-Biotech (with Dr Léna Edelman)


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Practical information

The CMC team is part of the Molecular, Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials research unit (C3M, UMR7167) along with the CDM and CPF teams (former MMC lab).

C3M Director: Michel Cloitre
CMC Team Leader: Amandine Guérinot
Administrative assistant: Aroul Radja

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