Brief Curriculum Vitae

Updated December 2021


  • Laurea degree (magna cum laude), Chemistry, University of Pisa, Italy, April 1981.
  • Ph.D. degree (magna cum laude), Chemistry, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy, September 1985.

Professional Experience

  • Exchange Ph.D. student, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, 1983–1984.
  • Research Associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1985–1987.
  • University of Maryland, College Park: Assistant Professor (1987–1992), Associate Professor (1992–1995), Professor (1995–1996), Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies (1995–1996).
  • Université de Bourgogne, Dijon: Professor (PR2 1996–1999, PR1 1999–2005), Department Chairman (2001–2003).
  • Directeur de Recherche (détachement), LCC, Toulouse (2003–2005).
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques et Technologiques (ENSIACET): Professor (PR1 2005–2007, PRCE1 2007–2011, PRCE2, 2011-present).
  • Adjunct Professor: University of Maryland (2008–2014).
  • Visiting Professor: TU München (1993–1994), Tokyo Metropolitan University (1995), Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Oxford (1998), Los Alamos National Laboratory (2001, 2002, 2006), Celal Bayar Üniversitesi, Turkey (2003), Uni-Heidelberg (2008), Leibniz Institut für Katalyse, Rostock (2009), Université du Quebec à Montréal (2010), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia (2010), Osaka University (2012), UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2016), Huazhong Institute of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2018)

Honors and Awards

  • Giuseppe Stampacchia Award (Rome, 1983)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Distinguished New Faculty (1987–92)
  • Presidential Young Investigator (1990–95)
  • Exxon Education Foundation Award (1991)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1992–94)
  • Medaglia Nasini (1992)
  • Alexander von Humbolt Fellow (Forschungsstipendium, 1993)
  • Senior member of the “Institut Universitaire de France” (2007-12)
  • Alexander von Humbolt Fellow (Wiedereinladung, 2008)
  • Senior Award of the “Interdivisional Group of Organometallic Chemistry” of the Italian Chemical Society (2010)
  • Senior Award of the “Division of Coordination Chemistry” of the French Chemical Society (2010)
  • Senior member of the “Institut Universitaire de France” (renewal, 2012-17)
  • Franco-Brazilian chair, UFMG and French Embassy in Brazil (2016)
  • Elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, 2018.
  • Fellow of Chemistry Europe, 2018
  • Paolo Chini Memorial Lecture, awarded by the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemical Society, 2019
  • Prix Jaffé of the "Fondation de l'Institut de France", 2020
  • "Berthelot" Medal of the French Academy of Sciences, 2020
  • "Membre Distingué" (Fellow) of the French Chemical Society, 2020

Scientific production

Editorial Service

Guest editor, journals:
  • J. Organomet. Chem. 2000, 593-594 (Fausto Calderazzo’s 70th birthday)
  • J. Organomet. Chem. 2007, 692(15) (thematic volume: One-electron Organometallic Reactivity)
  • Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2012(9) (thematic volume: Organometallic Chemistry, associated to the XIX EuCOMC)
  • ChemCatChem 2013, 5(5) (thematic volume: Homogeneous Catalysis, associated to the 18th ISHC)
  • Turk. J. Chem. 2015, 39(6), (thematic volume: Cross-Coupling Reactions)
  • Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (virtual volume: focus on the French Chemical Society Coordination Chemistry Division Prize Winners)
Edited books:
  • "Recent Advances in Hydride Chemistry". Elsevier Science, 2001 (with M. Peruzzini).
  • "Effects of Nanoconfinement on Catalysis". Springer International Publishing, 2017.
Journal Boards
  • CHEMTRACTS Inorg. Chem.: Expert Analysts (1996–2005)
  • Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.: International Advisory Board (2002-2004)
  • Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.: Editorial Board (2005–2007)
  • Eur. J. Inorg. Chem.: Chairman of the Editorial Board (2008–2010)
  • J. Organometal. Chem. (2011-present)
  • Organometallics (2012-2014)
  • Turkish Journal of Chemistry (Associate Editor, 2013-2017)
  • Chem. Eur. J., Editorial Board (2014-2021).

Organisation of Professional Meetings

  • Trends in Transition Metal Chemistry, Pisa, Italy, 25–27 February 2000 (chairman).
  • EURO-Hydrides 2000, Dijon, France, 6–9 September 2000 (chairman).
  • 8th Eurasia Conference on Chemical Sciences, Hanoi, Vietnam, October 20–24, 2003 (convener of a Minisymposium entitled “Green Chemistry”).
  • 232th ACS Meeting, San Francisco, 2006 (convener of a symposium entitled “Metal Complex Radical Chemistry”, together with V. Gibson and K. Theopold).
  • Catalysis in Aqueous Media, Toulouse, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2007 (co-chair with A.M. Caminade).
  • 2nd EuCheMS Conference, Torino, Italy, September 16–20, 2008 (convener of a Symposium entitled “Radical Reactivity in Transition Metal Chemistry”).
  • 19th EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (EuCOMC), Toulouse, France, July 2011 (co-chair with P. Kalck)
  • CopAmphi 2012, 5-7 June 2012 (member of the Organizing Committee)
  • 18th International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC), Toulouse, France, July 2012 (co-chair with P. Kalck)
  • EUROPACAT XI, Lyon, France, 1-6 September, 2013 (Member of the National Scientific Committee).
  • Molecular Complexity in Modern Chemistry (MCMC-2014), Moscow, 13-19 September, 2014 (Member of the International Advisory Committee).
  • 42nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC 2016), Brest, France, 3-8 July, 2016 (Member of the National Advisory Board).
  • 14th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC), Toulouse, France, June 2017 (member of local organizing committee).
  • SCF18 (National Meeting of the French Chemical Society), Montpellier, France, July 2018 (member of organizing committee and coordinator of a scientific subcommittee).
  • Trans Pyrenean Meeting in Catalysis 2 (TrapCat2), Tarragona, Spain, 18-19 October 2018 (member of scientific committee).
  • 47th IUPAC Chemistry Congress (IUPAC 2019), Paris, France, 7-12 July 2019 (co-organizer, with Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, of a Special Symposium entitled “Metal-mediated radical polymerization: a prime example of CNRS-supported French-American partnership”).
  • IIT-Kanpur/LCC-CNRS joint CEFIPRA/IFCPAR virtual symposium on organometallic chemistry and catalysis (web edition), Toulouse, France, and Kanpur, India, 8-10 December 2020 (co-organizer).
  • CEHC-1 (First Cutting-Edge Homogeneous Catalysis International Workshop), Toulouse, France, May 2021 (online event, chairman).
  • 44nd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC 2020), Rimini, Italy, 28 August-2 September, 2022 (co-organizer of a scientific session).

Scientific Interests

  • Effects of the spin state in organometallic reactivity
  • Hydrides and dihydrogen complexes
  • High oxidation state aqueous organometallic chemistry and oxidation catalysis
  • Homogeneous catalysis: intermolecular hydroamination of non-activated olefins
  • Chiral ligands, their coordination chemistry and catalytic applications
  • Metal-mediated controlled radical polymerization
  • Biphasic catalysis with polymeric nanoreactors.