Welcome to the International Cyclodextrin Symposium

We cordially invite you to the 21st International Cyclodextrin Symposium
Dunkerque, France, June 10-14 2024

The ever-increasing number of publications on cyclodextrins (CDs) and their market growth clearly demonstrate the enduring interest in these macrocycles discovered in 1891. It seems that these supramolecules still haven’t revealed all of their secrets and continue to arouse the curiosity of researchers in both the fundamental and applied sciences.

In fact, the current interest goes far beyond the simple use of CDs as a delivery system for therapeutic agents. Current research interests focus also on the intrinsic activity of CDs as well as their derivatives and polymers. One of the major discoveries in this area is the finding that the solubilizer HP-β-CD is effective against Niemann-Pick type C disease (NPC).

The exploration of the potential of inclusion complexation is not limited to the biomedical field. CDs are renewable and biodegradable materials that enable green and environmental biotechnologies for all applications. The ability of CDs to act as solubilizers, stabilizers, permeation enhancers, cryoprotectors, sequestrants of toxic compounds, taste and odors maskers, coating materials of solid surfaces, chiral receptors has been successfully explored in food, packaging, cosmetics, textiles, separation processes, environmental remediation, extraction, and catalysis.

Their three-dimensional structure makes them exceptional building blocks for the design of innovative supramolecular architectures due to the differential reactivity of their alcohol functions. As a result, these molecular hosts can be specifically linked either covalently or non-covalently to a wide variety of ligands. They are involved in the construction of interlocked molecules (rotaxanes and catenanes), supramolecular polymers, artificial enzymes, hydrogels, metal-organic frameworks, supramolecular solvents, fibers, nanotubes, nanoparticles, and so on

CDs have made significant contributions to nearly every scientific field requiring high performance with minimal environmental impact, yet they never cease to amaze us.


Sophie Fourmentin, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
Bernard Martel, Université de Lille
Eric Monflier, Université d’Artois

Organizing committee

Sébastien Tilloy & Sébastien Noël, Université d’Artois
Stéphanie Degoutin, Nicolas Tabary & Nicolas Blanchemain, Université de Lille
David Landy & Miriana Kfoury, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

Invited speakers


Fabiana Quaglia, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrins as smart components in drug delivery systems: the path to clinical translation

Jun Li, PhD

Conference title

Innovation on cyclodextrin-based supramolecular polymers for nanomedicine and environmental sustainability applications

Emmanuel Cadot, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrins, nano-ions and Water : Mastering the Chaotropic effect for the Design of Supramolecular Hybrid Materials


Francesco Stellacci, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrin Based Supramolecular Broad-Spectrum Antivirals

Christian Schönbeck, PhD

Conference title

Can experimental binding constants of polydisperse cyclodextrins be trusted?

Nathalie Jarroux, PhD

Conference title

Synthesis and characterization of supramolecular assemblies based on cyclodextrins developed in the aim to improve batteries performance

Caitriona O’Driscoll, PhD

Conference title

Modified cyclodextrins as a platform for oral delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids to treat inflammatory bowel disease

Pravin Shende, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrin-based novel technology for withdrawal treatment

Keiji Terao, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrin Chemistry in Gastrointestinal Tract for Healthcare Application

Luiz Fernando Malta, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrin-based nanostructured materials as administration platforms for coumarines aiming at anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity.

Mickaël Ménand, PhD

Conference title

Control of antiaromaticy and Möbius topology with cyclodextrins

Samahe Sadjadi, PhD

Conference title

Cyclodextrin and its composites in catalysis

Cheng Yang, PhD

Conference title

Chiral Photochemistry with Cyclodextrin-based Supramolecular Assemblies

Ángel Piñeiro, PhD

Conference title

Data-Driven Cyclodextrin Engineering: Machine Learning Models based on Molecular Dynamics simulations to optimize ligand affinity


Sophie Beeren, PhD

Conference title

Enzyme-Mediated Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry with Cyclodextrins


Oscar F. Silva, PhD

Conference title

Supramolecular assemblies based on amphiphilic cyclodextrins.




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