Functioning

Inaugurated in September 2011, this Cluster of Excellence gathers the strength of 19 principal investigators, and their teams, covering different aspects of chemistry necessary for the project.

It includes well established internationally recognized scientists (3 still active Nobel Prize winners) as well as up-and-coming young researchers.

Thanks to a flexible and rigorous financial administration provided by the Foundation for Research in Chemistry and a governance rapidly implemented, the Cluster continue to strengthen its activities to promote chemistry of complex systems.

The funds of the Cluster of Excellence are mainly distributed as annual open calls which are opened to the whole scientific community of Strasbourg. This allows supporting research projects, new equipment and recruitment of personal. The evaluation of these projects is done by an external Scientific Advisory Committee.

The Operating Committee

The governance of the Cluster Chemistry of Complex Systems relies on an Operating Committee of 7 persons. It is constituted of the representatives of the main research institutes involved in the project:

  • Jean-Marie Lehn, project initiator, Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering
  • Mir Wais Hosseini, coordinator, Institut Le Bel
  • Jean-François Lutz, Institut Charles Sadron
  • Paolo Samori, Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering
  • Vincent Robert, Institute of Chemistry
  • Alberto Bianco, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Joseph Moran, Institute of Science and Supramolecular Engineering


This committee is assigned with deciding the strategic objectives of the Cluster. It is a reactive and efficient structure to take decisions. Indeed, this committee has to ensure that the Cluster doesn’t become a rigid structure but a dynamic scientific network able to adapt to scientific changes.

The Scientific Advisory Board

For strategic science decisions, the Scientific Advisory Board brings together highly respected scientists from outside the Strasbourg community. The board is in charge of evaluating the research projects submitted to the Cluster. This process allows carrying out objective and transparent evaluations to get a fair distribution of the funds.