Université de Montréal
I completed a first post-doctoral stay in 2014 in the group of Stephen Hanessian at UdeM; a world-leading research group in organic synthesis. I synthesized and studied proline derivatives, from structural perspectives to their electronic properties. Proline is a naturally occurring amino acid playing an important role in protein structure and function; proline-rich sequences arrange into helical structures and are important for catalytic and recognition mechanisms but also for the conformations of proteins. We therefore assessed the secondary structure of oligopeptides formed by non-natural proline residues, as well as the properties of these proline analogs as monomers. Besides, I have been involved in the rationalization of reaction mechanisms by theoretical methods (DFT and other QM methods), and the development of catalysts.