Damien Mahaut is a PhD student in chemistry at the University of Namur.

His Master thesis was realized at the UNamur in 2018 in collaboration between the groups of Prof. Guillaume BERIONNI (Réactivité et Catalyse Organique, RCO) and Prof. Benoît CHAMPAGNE (Laboratoire de Chimie Théorique, LCT). His project consisted in the synthesis of Lewis bases and in the computational investigation of their potential in frustrated Lewis pair catalysis. In 2019, he worked for three months at the University of Oxford for an internship in the group of Prof. Véronique GOUVERNEUR for the synthesis of [18F]-radiolabeled PARP inhibitors.

He graduated in 2019 and received the same year a FRIA grant to start a PhD  under the supervision of Prof G. BERIONNI and B. CHAMPAGNE for the synthesis of Lewis bases derived from phosphatriptycene and their application in frustrated Lewis pair catalysis for the hydrogenation of unactivated alkenes, carbon dioxide and amides, both at the experimental and computational levels.



D. Mahaut, B. Champagne, G. Berionni, "Frustrated Lewis pair‐catalyzed hydrogenation of unactivated alkenes with sterically hindered 9‐phosphatriptycenes", ChemCatChem 2022, 14, e202200294.

D. Mahaut, G. Berionni, B. Champagne, "9-Phosphatriptycene Derivatives: From Their Weak Basicity to Their Application in Frustrated Lewis Pair Chemistry", J. Phys. Chem. A 2022, 126, 2794-2801.

A. Osi, D. Mahaut, N. Tumanov, L. Fusaro, J. Wouters, B. Champagne, A. Chardon, G. Berionni, "Taming the Lewis Superacidity of Non-Planar Boranes: C-H Bond Activation and Non-Classical Binding Modes at Boron", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202112342.

D. Mahaut, A. Chardon, L. Mineur, G. Berionni, B. Champagne, "Rational Development of a Metal-Free Bifunctional System for the C-H Activation of Methane: A Density Functional Theory Investigation", ChemPhysChem 2021, 22, 1958-1966.

L. Hu, D. Mahaut, N. Tumanov, J. Wouters, L. Collard, R. Robiette, G. Berionni, "Sterically hindered ortho-substituted phosphatriptycenes as configurationally stable P-chirogenic triarylphosphines", Dalton Trans. 2021, 50, 4772-4777.

T. H. Doan, A. Chardon, A. Osi, D. Mahaut, N. Tumanov, J. Wouters, B. Champagne and G. Berionni, "Making the Bridge: Methylene Bridging Effect on the Structures, Lewis Acidities and Optical Properties of Semi-Planar Triarylboranes", Chem. Eur. J. 2021, 27, 1736-1743.

A. Chardon, A. Osi, D. Mahaut, A. B. Saida, G. Berionni, "Non-planar Boron Lewis Acids Taking the Next Step: Development of Tunable Lewis Acids, Lewis Superacids and Bifunctional Catalysts", Synlett 2020, 31, 1639-1648.

A. Chardon, A. Osi, D. Mahaut, T. H. Doan, N. Tumanov, J. Wouters, L. Fusaro, B. Champagne, G. Berionni, "Controlled Generation of 9-Boratriptycene by Lewis Adduct Dissociation: Accessing a Non-Planar Triarylborane", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 12402-12406.

F. Guibbal, S. L. Hopkins, A. Pacelli, P. G. Isenegger, M. Mosley, J. B. Torres, G. M. Dias, D. Mahaut, R. Hueting, V. Gouverneur, B. Cornelissen, "[18F]AZD2461, an Insight on Difference in PARP Binding Profiles for DNA Damage Response PET Imaging", Mol. Imaging Biol. 2020, 22, 1226-1234.

F. Guibbal, P. G. Isenegger, T. C. Wilson, A. Pacelli, D. Mahaut, J. B. I. Sap, N. J. Taylor, S. Verhoog, S. Preshlock, R. Hueting, B. Cornelissen, V. Gouverneur, "Manual and automated Cu-mediated radiosynthesis of the PARP inhibitor [18F]olaparib", Nat. Protoc. 2020, 15, 1525–1541.

L. Hu, D. Mahaut, N. Tumanov, J. Wouters, R. Robiette, G. Berionni, “Complementary Synthetic Approaches Toward 9-Phosphatriptycene and Structure-Reactivity Investigations of its Association with Sterically Hindered Lewis Acids”, J. Org. Chem. 2019, 84, 11268-11274.