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Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou

CNRS Senior Scientist

Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou received her Ph.D. degree in 1998 from the University Joseph Fourier (Grenoble). After a post-doctoral period in the group of Dr. Zoe Pikramenou (University of Birmingham, UK) studying photo-induced supramolecular processes based on luminescent metallocyclodextrins, she spent two years in the group of Marc Fontecave to develop chiral-at-metal ruthenium catalysts for enantioselective oxidation. She obtained in 2002 a CNRS position at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris), where her research interests dealt with the development of new applications of the arene-tricarbonyl metal complexes. In 2009, she moved to the Laboratory of Chemistry and Biology of Metals (University Joseph Fourier, CNRS, CEA, Grenoble) to work on hydrogen photoproduction. Her recent projects deal with the construction of hydrogen-evolving photocathodes by a molecular strategy and with the study of light-driven charge accumulation thanks to original ruthenium complexes, possessing pi-extended ligands.

In 2019, Murielle was appointed "Membre distingué senior" of the French Chemical Society.

Since the 1st of January 2021, she took over as deputy director of the GDR solar fuels (


Selected Publications:

Hydrogen Production at a NiO photocathode based on a ruthenium dye-cobalt diimine dioxime catalyst assembly: insights from advanced spectroscopy and post-operando characterization

Emmanouil Giannoudis, Sebastian Bold, Carolin Müller, Alexander Schwab, Jacob Bruhnke, Nicolas Queyriaux, Corinne Gablin, Didier Leonard, Christine Saint-Pierre, Didier Gasparutto, Dmitry Aldakov, Stephan Kupfer, Vincent Artero, Benjamin Dietzek, Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou*

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2021DOI : 10.1021/acsami.1c12138

Spectroscopic investigations provide a rationale for the hydrogen-evolving activity of dye-sensitized photocathodes based on a cobalt tetraazamacrocyclic catalyst

Sebastian Bold, Julien Massin, Emmanouil Giannoudis, Matthieu Koepf, Vincent Artero, Benjamin Dietzek,* Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou*

ACS Catal., 2021, 11, 6, 3662–3678

Dye-Sensitized Photocathodes: Boosting Photoelectrochemical Performances with Polyoxometalate Electron Transfer Mediators

Youssef Ben M’Barek, Timothy Rosser, Jérémy Sum, Sébastien Blanchard, Florence Volatron, Guillaume Izzet, Raphaël Salles, Jennifer Fize, Matthieu Koepf, Murielle Chavarot-Kerlidou,* Vincent Artero, Anna Proust*

ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2020, 3, 1, 163–169

Tuning the Electron Storage Potential of a Charge‐Photoaccumulating RuII Complex by a DFT‐Guided Approach

N. M. Randell, J. Rendon, M. Demeunynck,  P.‐A. Bayle, S. Gambarelli, V. Artero, J.‐M. Mouesca, M.Chavarot‐Kerlidou*

Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 61, 13911-13920.


Electron transfer in a covalent dye–cobalt catalyst assembly – a transient absorption spectroelectrochemistry perspective

Sebastian Bold,  Linda Zedler,  Ying ZhangJulien Massin,  Vincent ArteroMurielle Chavarot-Kerlidou* and  Benjamin Dietzek*

Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 10594-10597.

An artificial photosynthetic system for photoaccumulation of two electrons on a fused dipyridophenazine (dppz) – pyridoquinolinone ligand

J.-F. Lefebvre, J. Schindler, P. Traber, Y. Zhang, S. Kupfer, S. Gräfe,  I. Baussanne, M. Demeunynck, J.-M. Mouesca, S. Gambarelli, V. Artero, B. Dietzek,* M. Chavarot-Kerlidou*

Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4152-59.

A noble metal-free photocatalytic system based on a novel cobalt tetrapyridyl catalyst for hydrogen production in fully aqueous medium

N. Queyriaux, E. Giannoudis, C. D. Windle, S. Roy, J. Pécaut, A. G. Coutsolelos,* V. Artero and M. Chavarot-Kerlidou*

Sustain. Energy Fuels, 2018 2, 553-557


Covalent Design for Dye-Sensitized H2-evolving Photocathodes based on a Cobalt Diimine-Dioxime Catalyst

N. Kaeffer, J. Massin, C. Lebrun, O.  Renault, M.  Chavarot-Kerlidou, V. Artero*

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 12308−12311