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How can non-covalent bonds be manipulated in order to build more complex architectures? How can these systems be brought to self-organisation to create bigger ensembles?

Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Prize of Chemistry (1987)


These questions are the base of the research lead in the Cluster of Excellence « Chemistry of Complex Systems » in Strasbourg. This project aims to implement the concept of molecular chemistry by using auto-organisation and auto-assembling properties of the matter to develop chemical architectures which will be able to detect, manipulate and convey informations. The project is strongly multidisciplinary and finds applications in the domain of health, environment and technologies of information and communication.


Multiple objectives…

The Cluster of Excellence has four main objectives:

  • Maintain and strengthen the high level of excellence of Research and Education in Chemistry of Complex Systems
  • Recruit and retain top junior and senior talents on both a national and international level
  • Provide flexible and responsive support for innovative and collaborative projects in Chemistry of Complex Systems
  • Promote transfer of knowledge and technology with partners in industry


…with justified ambitions!

The Cluster of Excellence owns many strengths:

  • Teams among the best in the world
  •  A still active Nobel Prize winner
  • A significant international dimension (60% of PhD students and Postdocs come from abroad)
  • Strong partnership with world-renowned institutes (KU Leuven, Harvard University, Max Planck Institut for Polymer Research, KIT)