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Jérôme Lacour

Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva

  • Full Professor
  • Associated member of the NCCR Chemical Biology


Jérôme Lacour was educated at the École Normale Supérieure (Ulm, Paris). He holds an Agrégation in Physical Sciences (major in Chemistry) and obtained in 1993 his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Philip D. Magnus. After post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. David A. Evans at Harvard University, he joined the Organic Chemistry Department of the University of Geneva in 1995. In 2001, he received the Sandoz Family Foundation professorship. Since 2004, he holds a full professor position in the department. Currently, his primary research interests are in asymmetric synthesis and catalysis using organic, physical organic, organometallic and coordination chemistry tools.

The main research interest of the group is asymmetric chemistry in a wide sense. Current research programs cover a variety of topics within the areas of enantioselective catalysis, synthesis, recognition, and these encompass the use of a large range of original ionic compounds and metal complexes.

Jérôme Lacour teaches general organic chemistry to 1st year biology and pharmacy students. He also lectures on physical organic chemistry to 3rd year and graduate students, and on current stereochemistry problems to graduate and postgraduate. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews and a Board member of Chirality and CHIMIA. He is also a member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Chirality and a member of the Organizing Committee of the EUCHEM “Bürgenstock” Conference on Stereochemistry.

Read more about Jérôme Lacour’s research on his lab website.


University of Geneva
Department of Organic Chemistry
30, Quai Ernest Ansermet
1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)22 379 60 62


A. Babič, S. Pascal, R. Duwald, D. Moreau, J. Lacour, E. Allémann, “Helicene–Squalene Fluorescent Nanoassemblies for Specific Targeting of Mitochondria in Live-Cell Imaging”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 1701839. [More Information]