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Yann Ferrand

Research associate



Research Director

DR CNRS, Bordeaux University (France), working  on foldamers and molecular recognition.


Goup Leader

Institute of Chemistry and Biology of Membranes and Nano-objects CBMN UMR 5248, Bordeaux, France.


Habilitation Diploma


Research Associate

CR CNRS, Bordeaux University (France), working with Prof. Ivan Huc on foldamers and molecular recognition.

2005 – 2007

Post-Doctoral Fellow

School of Chemistry, Bristol (UK), working with Prof. Anthony Davis on artificial lectin analogs.

2001 – 2005

PhD Thesis

Under the supervision of Dr. Gérard Simonneaux  at Rennes University (France)

Recent selected publications

  • B. Gole, B. Kauffmann, V. Maurizot, I. Huc,* Y. Ferrand* Light-controlled conformational switch of an aromatic oligoamide foldamer Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 8063.
  • S. Saha, B. Kauffmann, Y. Ferrand*, I. Huc* Selective encapsulation of disaccharide xylobiose by an aromatic foldamer helical capsule. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 13542.
  • Y. Ferrand*, I. Huc* Designing helical molecular capsules based on folded aromatic amide oligomers Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 970.
  • X. Wang, B. Wicher, Y. Ferrand,* I. Huc* Orchestrating Directional Molecular Motions: Kinetically Controlled Supramolecular Pathways of a Helical Host on Rod-like Guests J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017139, 9350.
  • G. Lautrette, B. Wicher, B. Kauffmann, Y. Ferrand,* I. Huc* Iterative evolution of an abiotic foldamer sequence for the recognition of guest molecules with atomic precision J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016138, 10314.
  • S. A. Denisov, Q. Gan, X. Wang, L. Scarpantonio, Y. Ferrand,* B. Kauffmann, G. Jonusauskas, I. Huc, N. D. McClenaghan* Electronic energy transfer modulation in a dynamic foldaxane: proof-of-principle of a lifetime-based conformation probe Angew. Chem. Int. Ed 201655, 1328.