Anne Zehnacker

2012- Head of ” Centre Laser de l’Université Paris Sud “
2005- Head of the team “Interactions moléculaires: structure et dynamique” of the ISMO Institute
2003- Research director CNRS ISMO Institute
1988-2003 “Research associate” CNRS
1986-1988 Ph-D / lecturer Université Paris VI

Field of Specialization
Spectroscopy – Photochemistry – Reaction dynamics

Head of ” Centre Laser de l’Université Paris Sud “(France)

Research Hub Group:Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Laser spectroscopy and photophysics of organic molecules in the gas phase. Molecular and chiral recognition. Influence of stereochemical factors on the spectroscopy and the dynamics of the electronic excited state, for example photofragmentation, electron and proton transfer.Vibrational circular dichroism in solution and in the solid phase.

Selected Awards

  • CNRS bronze medal (1992)
  • Award of the Physical Chemistry division – French Chemical Society (2003)

Selected Publications

ORCID ResearcherID

  • Chirality recognition between neutral molecules in the gas phase. Zehnacker, A.; Suhm, M. A. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 47, 6970, (2008)
  • Chirality effects in gas-phase spectroscopy and photophysics of molecular and ionic complexes: contribution of low and room temperature studies. A. Zehnacker. Int Reviews in Physical Chemistry 33, 151-207, (2014)
  • Intrinsic Folding Proclivities in Cyclic β-Peptide Building Blocks: Configuration and Heteroatom Effects Analyzed by Conformer-Selective Spectroscopy and Quantum Chemistry. Alauddin, M.; Gloaguen, E.; Brenner, V.; Tardivel, B.; Mons, M.; Zehnacker-Rentien, A.; Declerck, V.; Aitken, D. J. Chem. Eur. J. 21, 16479, (2015)
  • Photofragmentation mechanisms in protonated chiral cinchona alkaloids.Kumar, S.; Lucas, B.; Fayeton, J.; Scuderi, D.; Alata, I.; Broquier, M.; Le Barbu-Debus, K.; Lepere, V.; Zehnacker, A. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2016, 18 (32), 22668-22677.
  • Vibrational circular dichroism of a 2,5-diketopiperazine (DKP) peptide: Evidence for dimer formation in cyclo LL or LD diphenylalanine in the solid state. Perez-Mellor, A.; Zehnacker, A. Chirality 2017, 29 (2), 89-96.