Department of Chemistry



Stephane Petoud

Adjunct Professor (Orleans)

Research Overview

Luminescent lanthanide complexes and nanomaterials

Dr. Stéphane Petoud works in the area of inorganic, material, biological and analytical chemistry.

He investigates the design, synthesis, characterization and use of luminescent lanthanide complexes and nanomaterials. He develops applications that take advantage of their luminescence properties.

Professor Petoud's research program will design luminescent lanthanide complexes/nanomaterials that have advanced properties for applications. Some examples of applications:

1) Applications in solution: imaging agents and luminescent probes for time-resolved measurements in cell biology and bio-assays in aqueous solution (such as fluorescence microscopy, clinical diagnostic, genomic screening and drug discovery).

2) Applications in solid state: self-luminescent color materials based on thin-film polymers and luminescent liquid crystals. These materials are designed for the development of new flexible, highly efficient and self-luminescent color displays.

To achieve these goals, Professor Petoud's research involves several types of chemistry and analytical techniques including organic, inorganic, material, physical and supramolecular design and syntheses and detailed photophysical, kinetic, and thermodynamic investigations.


  • National Swiss Science Foundation, postdoctoral fellowship (1997), award for postdoctoral stay at University of California, Berkeley
  • Leenaards Fondation, postdoctoral fellowship (1999)
  • Novartis Stiftung, postdoctoral fellowship (1999)


“Azulene Moiety Based Ligand for the Efficient Sensitization of Four Near-Infrared Luminescent Lanthanide Cations: Nd3+,” , Jian Zhang and Stéphane Petoud, Chem. Eur. J. 2008,  14, 1264-1272.
“LDI-glycerol Polyurethane Implants Exhibit Controlled Release of DB-67 and Anti-tumor Activity in vitro Against Malignant Gliomas,” , W. Sivak, I. Pollack, S. Petoud, W. Zamboni, J. Zhang and E. Beckman Acta Biomater. 2008, 4, 852-862.
“A Strategy to Protect and Sensitize Near Infrared Luminescent Nd3+ and Yb3+ : Organic Tropolonate Ligands for the Sensitization of Ln3+ Doped NaYF4 Nanocrystals,” , Jian Zhang, Chad M. Shade, Demetra A. Chengelis, and Stéphane Petoud, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 14834-14835.
“Synthesis and Structural Properties of Lanthanide Complexes Formed with Tropolonate Ligands,” , Jian Zhang, Paul D. Badger, Steven J. Geib, and Stéphane Petoud, Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 6473-6482.
“Brilliant Sm,” , Stéphane Petoud, Gilles Muller, Evan G. Moore, Jide Xu, Jurek Sokolnicki, James P. Riehl, Uyen N. Le, Seth M. Cohen and Kenneth N. Raymond, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 77-83.
“Lanthanide complexes with more intense luminescence: A strategy for the formation of polymetallic lanthanide dendrimer complexes and semiconductor nanocrystal compounds,” , Demetra A. Chengelis, Adrienne M. Yingling, Grzegorz Filipczyk and Stéphane Petoud, Proc. of SPIE 2006, 6370, 63700Y-1 - 63700Y-13.
“Incorporating Lanthanide Cations with Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystals: A Strategy to Sensitize and Protect Tb(III),” Demetra A. Chengelis, Adrienne M. Yingling, Paul D. Badger, Chad M. Shade and Stéphane Petoud, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 16752-16753.
“Sensitization of Near-Infrared-Emitting Lanthanide Cations in Solution by Tropolonate Ligands,” Jian Zhang, Paul D. Badger, Steven J. Geib and Stéphane Petoud, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 2508-2512.
“Polymetallic Lanthanide Complexes with PAMAM-Naphthalimide Dendritic Ligands: Luminescent Lanthanide Complexes Formed in Solution,” Jason P. Cross, Miriam Lauz, Paul D. Badger and Stéphane Petoud, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 16278-16279.
“Fluorescence Detection of Surface Bound Intermediates Produced from UV Photoreactivity of Alkylsiloxane SAMs,” Eric A. McArthur, Tao Ye, Jason P. Cross, Stéphane Petoud and Eric Borguet, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 2260-2261.
“Stable lanthanide luminescence agents highly emissive in aqueous solution: multidentate 2-hydroxyisophthalamide complexes of Sm3+,” Stéphane Petoud, Seth M. Cohen, Jean-Claude Bünzli and Kenneth N. Raymond, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 13324-13325.