Dr. Ronan Le Lagadec


Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Address: Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria. District Coyoacán. ZIP Code 04510 Mexico City. Mexico

Telephone: +52 (55)56-22-44-55
Fax: +52 (55) 56-16-22-17


Dr. Le Lagadec obtained his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry (Ruthenium chemistry) under the supervision of Prof. P. H. Dixneuf at the University of Rennes I (France). Between 1994 and 1996, he held a postdoctoral position at the National Institute for Materials and Chemistry Research, Tsukuba (Japan), within the group of Prof. M. Tanaka, working on the catalytic synthesis of polysilanes. He joined the Institute of Chemistry on 1996, and since 1998 he is Full Researcher.



Our research activities are focused on the synthesis and the use of group 8 metals (Fe, Ru, Os) cyclometalated complexes, and we are particularly interested in their interactions with redox-active enzymes, with applications in bio-sensing and in medicine (anticancer activity for instance). Analytical tools such as electrochemistry, UV-vis spectroscopy, and dissolved oxygen concentration measurement are commonly used for such studies. On the other hand, our organometallic complexes have been used as very efficient catalysts for living / controlled radical polymerization (ATRP process). Finally, we are also interested in the synthesis of bimetallic, pincer-type, complexes displaying axial chirality.



Supervision of students’ thesis: 6 PhD, 12 MSc, 20 BSc.


Principles of organometallic chemistry and applications to polymerization reactions, Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering, UNAM.

Some grants from funded projects (CONACyT and PAPIIT) are available for students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to join my group.


Dr. Le Lagadec has published over 56 articles in specialized journals, which have been cited more than 850 times. Some representative papers are:

“Preparative resolution of stable enantio-enriched POCOP-based planar chiral pincer complexes” N. A. Espinosa-Jalapa, M. A. Roque Ramires, R. A. Toscano, J.-P. Djukic, R. Le Lagadec, J. Organomet. Chem., 2017, 845, 125-134

“Iron(III) pincer complexes as a novel strategy for anticancer studies”, A. S. Estrada-Montaño, A. D. Ryabov, A. Gries, C. Gaiddon, R. Le Lagadec, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2017, 1673-1678

“Impact of cyclometalated ruthenium(II) complexes on lactate dehydrogenase activity and cytotoxicity in gastric and colon cancer cells”, H. Rico Bautista, R. O. Saavedra Díaz, L. Q. Shen, C. Orvain, C. Gaiddon, R. Le Lagadec, A. D. Ryabov, J. Inorg. Biochem., 2016, 163, 28–38

“Synthesis and comparative behavior of ruthena(II)cycles bearing benzene ligand in the radical polymerization of styrene and vinyl acetate”, V. Martínez Cornejo, J. Olvera Mancilla, S. López Morales, J. A. Oviedo Fortino, S. Hernández-Ortega, L. Alexandrova, R. Le Lagadec, J. Organomet. Chem., 2015, 799-800, 299-310.

“Further insight into the lability of MeCN ligands of cytotoxic cycloruthenated compounds: evidence for the antisymbiotic effect trans to the carbon atom at the Ru center”, A. S. Lima Barbosa, C. Werlé,C. O. Oliva Colunga, C. Franco Rodríguez, R. A. Toscano, R. Le Lagadec, M. Pfeffer, Inorg. Chem., 2015, 54, 7617-7626

“A Glance at the Reactivity of Osma(II)cycles [Os(C-N)x(bpy)3-x]m+ (x = 0 - 3) Covering a 1.8 V Potential Range toward Peroxidase through Monte Carlo Simulations (C-N = o-2-phenylpyridinato, bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine)”, R. Cerón-Camacho, R. Le Lagadec, I. V. Kurnikov, A. D. Ryabov, J. Inorg. Biochem, 2014, 134, 20-24. 

“Thermal and Microwave Assisted Polymerization of Vinyl Acetate Catalyzed by Cyclometalated Ruthenium (II) Complexes”, J. Olvera-Mancilla, S. Lopez-Morales, J. Palacios-Alquisira, D. Morales-Morales, R. Le Lagadec, L. Alexandrova, Polymer, 2014, 55, 1656-1665.

“Rational Synthesis of Heteroleptic Tris(chelate) Ruthenium Complexes [Ru(2-Ph-2'Py)(L∧L)(L'∧L')]PF6 by Selective Substitution of the Ligand Trans to the Ruthenated Phenyl Ring”, B. Boff, M. Ali, L. Alexandrova, N. A. Espinosa-Jalapa, R. O. Saavedra-Díaz, R. Le Lagadec, M. Pfeffer Organometallics, 2013, 32, 5092-5097.

Coordination of 12-Electron Organometallic Fragments to the Arene Ring of Nonsymmetric Group 10 POCOP Pincer Complexes”, N. A. Espinosa-Jalapa, S. Hernández-Ortega, X.-F. Le Goff, D. Morales-Morales, J.-P. Djukic, R. Le Lagadec, Organometallics, 2013, 32, 2661-2673.

“2-Phenylpyridine ruthenacycles as effectors of glucose oxidase activity: inhibition by Ru and activation by Ru", R. O. Saavedra-Diaz, R. Le Lagadec, A. D. Ryabov, J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., 2013, 18, 547-555.

“Light–Driven Living/Controlled Radical Polymerization of Hydrophobic Monomers Catalyzed by Ruthenium(II) Metallacycles”, N. Vargas Alfredo, N. Espinosa Jalapa, S. Lopez Morales, A. D. Ryabov, R. Le Lagadec, L. Alexandrova, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 8135-8146.

“TAML Activator-based Amperometric Analytical Devices as Alternatives to Peroxidase Biosensors”, A. D. Ryabov, R. Cerón-Camacho, O. Saavedra-Diaz, M. Denardo, A. Ghosh, R. Le Lagadec, T. Collins, Anal. Chem., 2012, 84, 9096-9100.

“Homogeneous Radical Polymerization of 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate Mediated by Cyclometalated Cationic Ruthenium(II) Complexes with PF6- and Cl- in Protic Media”, M. O. Gonzalez Díaz, S. L. Morales, R. Le Lagadec, L. Alexandrova, J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem., 2011, 49, 4562-4577.

“Uncoupling charge movement from channel opening in voltage-gated potassium channels by ruthenium complexes”, A. Jara-Oseguera, G. E. Rangel-Yescas, N. Espinosa-Jalapa, J. A. Pérez-Guzmán, D. Elías-Viñas, R. Le Lagadec, T. Rosenbaum, L. D. Islas, J. Biol. Chem., 2011, 286, 16414-16425.

“Cyclometalated [Os(C~N)x(N~N)3-x]m+ Mimetics of Tris(2,2'-bipyridine) osmium(II): Covering a 2 V Potential Range by Known (x = 0, 1) and New (x = 2, 3) Species (C~N = o-2-phenylpyridinato)”, R. Cerón-Camacho, S. Hernández, R. Le Lagadec, A. D. Ryabov, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 2823-2825.

“Easy Access To Bio-Inspired Osmium(II) Complexes Through Electrophilic Intramolecular C(sp2)-H Bond Cyclometalation”, R. Cerón-Camacho, D. Morales-Morales, S. Hernández, R. Le Lagadec, A. D. Ryabov, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47, 4988-4995.

“Synthesis of Cycloruthenated Compounds as Potential Anticancer Agents”, L. Leyva, C. Sirlin, L. Rubio, C. Franco, R. Le Lagadec, P. Bischoff, C. Gaiddon, J.-P. Loeffler, M. Pfeffer, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2007, 3055-3066.

“Redox Mediation and Photomechanical Oscillations Involving Photo-Sensitive Cyclometalated Ru(II) Complexes, Glucose Oxidase, and Peroxidase”, A. D. Ryabov, V. S. Kurova, E. V. Ivanova, R. Le Lagadec, L. Alexandrova, Anal. Chem., 2005, 77, 1132-1139.

“New Synthesis and New Bio-Application of Cyclometalated Ruthenium(II) Complexes for Fast Mediated Electron Transfer with Peroxidase and Glucose Oxidase”, A. D. Ryabov, V. S. Sukharev, L. Alexandrova, R. Le Lagadec, M. Pfeffer, Inorg. Chem., 2001, 40, 6529-6532.

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