Jeanne Crassous

CNRS Research Director

CNRS Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes

Campus de Beaulieu - Université de Rennes

263 Avenue du Général Leclerc


Rennes 35042


Email : jeanne [dot] crassous [at] univ-rennes [dot] fr

Phone : 0635265993

Office number : 236 - Build.10A

Education and professional experience

  • 2021: Director of Research (DR1) from CNRS, University of Rennes.
  • 2010 : Director of Research (DR2) from CNRS, University of Rennes 1.
  • 2005 : Researcher (CR1) from CNRS, University of Rennes 1.
  • 2005 : Research habilitation, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
  • 1998 : Researcher (CR2-CR1) from CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
  • 1997 : Post-doctorant, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) (Prof. François Diederich).
  • 1996 : PhD in Organic Chemistry, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (Prof. André Collet).
  • 1992 : Teaching diploma ’Agrégation de Sciences Physiques, option Chimie’
  • 1989 : Student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.


  • Distinguished Member of the French Chemical Society (SCF), junior category (2013)
  • National Prize of the Organic Chemistry Division (DCO) of the SCF (2020)
  • Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc, 2021-)
  • Chemistry Europe Fellow (Class 2020/2021)
  • CNRS Silver Medal CNRS (2023)
  • CNRS Talent (2023)

Curriculum vitae

Full CV:

CV_JeanneCrassous_0623-Engl.pdf - (702.7 KB)

Research interests

Molecular engineering of helicenes

Organometallic helicenes

Organic helicenes with chromophores or aggregating units


Chiroptics and fundamental chirality

Chiral organometallic complexes for fundamental chirality and chiroptics

Chiroptical analysis (vibrational circular dichroism)




Main collaborations


  • Dr Ludovic Favereau (PMM, OMC, ISCR, Rennes): chiral organic molecules for opto-electronic applications
  • Drs Fabrice Pointillart, Olivier Cador, Boris Le Guennic (CIP, OMC, ISCR, Rennes): chiral lanthanide complexes (ANR SMM-CPL)
  • Prof Christian Roussel, Dr Nicolas Vanthuyne, Marion Jean (IS2M, Marseille, France): chiral HPLC separations
  • Dr Benoît Darquié, Prof. Anne Amy-Klein, Dr. Christian Chardonnet (LPL, Villetaneuse, France): parity violation experiments
  • Dr Laure Guy (ENS Lyon, France): chiral molecules for fundamental chirality
  • Dr Narcis Avarvari (Moltech Anjou, Angers, France): helicene-TTFs and analogues
  • Drs Matteo Mauro, Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz, Christophe Gourlaouen, Chantal Daniel (Strasbourg): CPL-active organometallics (ANR ChirON)
  • Dr Gregory Pieters (CEA, Saclay): CPL of chiral organic molecules (ANR iCHIRALight)


  • Prof Jochen Autschbach (Buffalo University, USA): TDDFT calculations of chiroptical properties
  • Prof Monika Srebro-Hooper (Krakow, Poland): TDDFT calculations of chiroptical properties
  • Prof Gareth Williams (Durham University, UK): luminescence properties
  • Prof Nazario Martin (Madrid, Spain): helical graphenes
  • Prof Ron Naaman (Weizmann, Rehovot, Israel): spin selectivity in helicenes
  • Prof Luis Sanchez (Madrid, Spain): helicene-based supramolecular polymers
  • Profs. Irena Stara and Ivo Stary: properties of helicenes (ITN HEL4CHIROLED)
  • Prof Roeland Nolte, Dr Hans Elemans (Nijmegen, The Netherlands): chiroptics of chiral porphyrin-cages
  • Prof Bert Meijer, Ghislaine Vantomme (Eindhoven, The Netherlands): helicene-siloxane assemblies (ITN HEL4CHIROLED)
  • Prof Christos Chochos (Advent, Greece): helicene-based polymers for photovoltaics
  • Prof Eli Zysman-Colman (Saint-Andrews, UK): TADF-based chiral polymers (DN TADFsolutions)


Publications referenced in HAL since 2006