Academic staff


CNRS researcher (CRCN)

Contact details

Nantes Université CEISAM UMR CNRS 6230, 2 rue de la Houssinière BP 92208, 44322 Nantes cedex 03

0251125743 (n° interne : 455743)

Taught academic discipline(s)

Practical sessions (16h): Molecular modelling (M1 LUMOMAT)


Research topics

  • Quantum chemistry (DFT, TD-DFT, CC..),
  • QM/MM approach (ONIOM, LSCF, EFP),
  • Molecular mechanics (homology modelling, molecular docking, molecular dynamics...).
  1. Ground and excited state properties (dyes, photochromes, fluorescent proteins)
  2. Impact of the surroundings (solvent or protein matrix)
  3. Ligand(drug)-protein interaction, inhibitor identification of protein-protein interactions


Activities / Resume

Past and current positions:
  • 12/2019: Habilitation
  • 10/2012 -- now: permanent CNRS researcher (Chargée de Recherche Classe Normale), Université de Nantes (France).
  • 01/2011-- 09/2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California (USA).
  • 10/2012 -- 11/2012:  HPC-Europa grant, Polytechnic University of Catalogne (Spain).
  • 10/2007 -- 10/2010: PhD student, Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France).

Here is my complete resume.

Funding as PI:
2020-2021: Stefanik PHC project (ViSiTing)
2018-2022: French National grant (InducedFluo)
2018-2019: Tournesol PHC project (DoIFad)
2018-2020: Regional grant Etoiles Montantes (MimBreg)
2014-2018: Regional grant Pari Scientifique (MES-TransMed)

Funding as partner:
2021-2024: NeXT (IChem4.0, FX. Felpin)
2016-2020: Cancer Health and Biology call of the Institut National du Cancer (INCa, P. Legembre)

Funding as member:
2016-2021: Regional grant Dynamique Scientifique (PIRAMID, J. Le Breton, JY Le Questel, S. Collet)
2012-2017: ERC (MARCHES, D. Jacquemin)

Additional informations

Recent publications (2018):
  •  M. M.  Lerch, M.  Medved, A.  Lapini, A.  D.  Laurent, A.  Iagatti,  L.  Bussotti,  W.  Szymanski,  W.  J.  Buma, P. Foggi, M. Di Donato,* B. L. Feringa*
    Solvent Effects on the Actinic Step of Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adduct Photoswitching.   Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. accepted (2018).
  • M. Di Donato, M. M.  Lerch, A.  Lapini, A.  D.  Laurent, A.  Iagatti,  L.  Bussotti,  S. P. Ihrig,  M.  Medved, D. Jacquemin,   W.  Szymanski,  W.  J.  Buma, P. Foggi, B. L. Feringa* Tailoring Photoisomerization Pathways in Donor-Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts: The Role of the Hydroxyl Group. J. Phys. Chem. A, 122,  955-964 (2018)