DSBC – Dynamics of Complex Biomolecular Systems

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Presentation of the DSBC group

The DSBC research group is a component of the Max Mousseron Institute of Biomolecules (IBMM – UMR 5247), a ca. 250-people public research institute mostly devoted to fine organic and medicinal chemistry, co-founded and co-sponsored by both the CNRS, the University of Montpellier (UM), and the “École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier” (ENSCM). Within the IBMM functional/administrative organisation, DSBC is a part of the BioMolecular Organisation department (Dept. D) which also includes the ”Supramolecular Marchines and ARchitectures Team” (SMART) group. The DSBC group is headed by Prof. Hervé Cottet since 2012.
After having been hosted since its origins on the Faculty of Sciences campus, on end 2021 the DSBC group and its 12 staff members moved nextdoor into the new Balard Reseach building, where all Montpellier chemistry labs are henceforth gathered on the CNRS campus.

The DSBC group includes 9 permanent staff (belonging either to the University of Montpellier or to the CNRS: 1 professor, 3 associate professors, 2 CNRS associate researchers, 2 CNRS technical staff, 1 half-time UM administrative staff), and 3 PhD students and post-docs.

See organisation chart [fr]


Research activity in the DSBC group is mainly involved in physical organic chemistry and analytical chemistry, mostly of α-amino acids, (poly)peptides and their derivatives. We are especially interested in both (i) a physico-chemical approach of the reactivity of biomolecules and/or their precursors or derivatives, and (ii) the development of innovating separative science methodologies applying to polymers.
Topics under investigation in the group are related to four major directions:

  • prebiotic chemistry, systems chemistry and the emergence of life,
  • electrokinetic separation methods,
  • polyelectrolyte complexes,
  • biomimetic and supramolecular chemistry.

See research topics


Since 2011, the DSBC group has been awarded a sponsorship by the french Institut Carnot Chimie Balard Cirimat (formerly CED2 “Chimie Environnement et Développement Durable” = Chemistry, Environment, Sustainable Development).

DSBC group picture Apr 2017
The DSBC group, as of April 2017

DSBC group picture Jul 2019
The DSBC group, as of July 2019