Christian Detellier


Inorganic Chemistry. Supramolecular Chemistry

  • Position: Professor & Dean
  • Education: Doct. Sc. (Liège)
  • Phone: (613) 562-5800
  • Fax: (613) 562-5170
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Specific Topics:

The organization of supramolecular assemblies and their applications. The mechanisms of molecular recognition. The design and synthesis of new organo-mineral nanohybrid materials, with potential applications in catalysis, separations and materials science. More specifically, the projects which are currently under way involve:
  • The kinetics and the mechanisms of formation and dissociation of complexes in solution and the mechanisms of recognition of organic guests by large receptors. These studies are based on multinuclear magnetic resonance.
  • The intercalation of organic and organometallic species in naturally occurring layered minerals, such as smectites, layered double hydroxydes, lamellar silicates, sepiolite or kaolinites, with an emphasis on their applications, particularly in catalysis and in separation processes.

Recent Publications:

    1. Hubbard, B., Kuang, W., Moser, A., Facey, G.A. and Detellier, C., "Structural study of Maya Blue: textural, thermal, and multinuclear solid state magnetic resonance characterization of the palygorskite-indigo and sepiolite-indigo adducts", Clays Clay Min., 51, 318-326 (2003).
    2. Binette, M.-J. and Detellier, C., "Lamellar polysilicate nanocomposite materials. Intercalation of polyethylene glycols into protonated magadiite", Can. J. Chem., 80, 1708-1714 (2002).
    3. Y. Israëli, C. Bonal, C. Detellier, J.-P. Morel, N. Morel-Desrosiers, "Complexation of the La(III) cation by p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene-a 139La NMR study", Can. J. Chem., 80, 163-168 (2002).
    4. A. Moser, G.A.P. Yap, C. Detellier, "Concurrent insertion of cationic guest and solvent molecules in molecular receptors. Co-complexation of the sodium cation and acetonitrile by a calix[4]arene tetraacetamide", Dalton Trans., 428-434 (2002).
    5. M.R. Weir, G.A. Facey, C. Detellier, "Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance study of sepiolite and partially dehydrated sepiolite", Clays Clay Min., 50, 240-247 (2002).
    6. G.A. Caravaggio, C. Detellier, Z. Wronski, "Synthesis, stability and electrochemical properties of NiAl and NiV layered double hydroxides", J. Mater. Chem., 11, 912-921 (2001).
    7. Q. Wang, T. Matsuura, C.Y. Feng, M.R. Weir, C.Detellier, E. Rutinduka, R. Le Van Mao, "The sepiolite membrane for ultrafiltration", , J. Membrane Sci., 184, 153-163 (2001).
    8. M.R. Weir, E. Rutinduka, C. Detellier, C.Y. Feng, Q. Wang, T. Matsuura, R. Le Van Mao, "Fabrication, characterization and preliminary testing of all-inorganic ultrafiltration membranes composed entirely of a naturally occurring sepiolite clay mineral", J. Membrane Sci., 182, 41-50 (2001).
    9. Y. Israëli, G.P.A. Yap, C.Detellier, "Structure of a discrete 8:6 La(III):p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene complex", Supramolecular Chem., 12, 457-464 (2001).
    10. M.R. Weir, G.A. Facey, C. Detellier, "1H, 2H, and 29Si solid state NMR study of guest acetone molecules occupying the zeolitic channels of partially dehydrated sepiolite clay", Proc. 2nd Conference on access in nanoporous materials, Stud. Surf. Sci. Catal., 129, 551-558 (2000).
    11. U.C. Meier, C. Detellier, "Conformational dynamics of 5,11,17,23- tetra-p-tert-butyl-25,27- di(N,N-diethylaminocarbonyl) methoxy-26,28-dimethoxycalix[4]arene and its kinetics and mechanisms of the cesium cation complexation in solution studied by 1H,13C, 133Cs NMR spectroscopy", J. Phys. Chem., A, 103, 9204-9210 (1999).
    12. U.C. Meier, C. Detellier, "Mechanisms of Formation and Dissociation of a Cesium-Calix[4]arene Acetamide Complex in Solution. A Cs-133 Dynamic NMR Study", J. Phys. Chem., A, 103, 3825-3829 (1999).
    13. R. LeVanMao, E. Rutinduka, C. Detellier, P. Gougay, V. Hascoet, S. Tavakoliyan, S.V. Hoa, T. Matsuura, "Mechanical and pore characteristics of zeolite composite membranes", J. Mater. Chem., 9, 783-788 (1999).
    14. U.C. Meier, C. Detellier, "Complexation of the sodium cation by a calix[8]arene derivative: formation of 2:1 and 3:1 Na+-calixarene complexes in solution", Supramolecular Chem., 9, 289-295 (1998).
    15. U.C. Meier, C. Detellier, "Kinetics and mechanisms of complexation of the cesium cation by 5,11,17,23- tetra- p-tert- butyl-25,26,27,28-tetramethoxy calix[4]arene in solution", J. Phys. Chem., A, 102, 1888-1893 (1998).
    16. M.-J. Binette, C. Detellier, "Contamination of magadiite by fluorine in commonly used synthetic procedures", Clays Clay Min., 46, 478-480 (1998).
    17. J.J. Tunney, C. Detellier, "Interlamellar amino functionalization of kaolinite", Can. J. Chem., 75, 1766-1772 (1997).
    18. A.N. Ajjou, D. Harouna, C. Detellier, H. Alper, "Cation-exchanged montmorillonite catalyzed hydration of styrene derivatives", J. Mol. Catal., A, 126, 55-60 (1997).
    19. Y. Israëli, C. Detellier, "Complexation of the sodium cation by a calix[4]arene tetraester in solution. Formation of a 2:1 calixarene:sodium complex", J. Phys. Chem., B, 101, 1897-1901 (1997).
    20. R.S. Mulukutla, C. Detellier, "Use of a calcined Ni(II), Al(III) layered double hydroxide for the reduction of nitric oxide in the presence of methane and oxygen", J. Mater. Sci. Lett., 16, 752-754 (1997).
    21. Y. Israëli, C. Detellier, "Multinuclear magnetic resonance study of the complexation of lanthanum (III) by D-glucitol and ribitol in aqueous solution", Carbohydr. Res., 297, 201-207 (1997).
    22. L. Raki and C. Detellier, "Lamellar Organo-minerals: Intercalation of Phenylphosphonate into the Layers of Bayerite", J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Comm., 2475-2476 (1996).
    23. J.J. Tunney and C. Detellier, "Chemically Modified Kaolinite. Grafting of Methoxy Groups on the Interlamellar Aluminol Surface of Kaolinite", J. Mater. Chem., 6, 1679-1685 (1996).
    24. J.J. Tunney and C. Detellier, "Aluminosilicate Nanocomposite Materials. Polyethylene Glycol-Kaolinite Intercalates", Chem. Mater., 8, 927-935 (1996).
    25. R.S. Mulukutla and C. Detellier, "Thermally Activated Mg,Fe Layered Double Hydroxide as Reductant for Nitric Oxide", J. Mater. Sci. Lett., 15, 797-799 (1996).
    26. M. Ishiguro, T. Matsuura, C. Detellier, "A study on the solute separation and the pore size distribution of a montmorillonite membrane", Separation Sci. & Techn., 31, 545-556 (1996).
    27. "Complexation Mechanisms" C. Detellier in "Molecular recognition: receptors for cationic guests" Volume 1 of "Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry", G. Gokel Ed., Pergamon, Elsevier Sc. Ltd., Oxford, Chapter 9, 357-375 (1996).
    28. "Microporosimetry" H. Lao, C. Detellier in "Physical methods in supramolecular chemistry", Volume 8 of "Comprehensive Supramolecular Chemistry", J. Ripmeester, Ed., Pergamon, Elsevier Sc. Ltd., Oxford, Chapter 6, 277-305 (1996).
    29. "Dynamics of supramolecular assemblies in solution and solid state" Z. Chen, L. Mercier, J. J. Tunney, C. Detellier in "Physical Supramolecular Chemistry", L. Echegoyen and A. Kaifer, Eds., Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht, 393 - 411 (1996).