ICOS-20, 20th International Conference on Organic Synthesis
Friday, 20 October 2017
Max Malacria


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Max Malacria obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Aix-Marseille III with Professor M. Bertrand in 1974. After postdoctoral work with Professor K. Peter C. Vollhardt at the University of California Berkeley, he moved to the University of Lyon I as Maître de Conférences in 1983. From July to September 1986, he returned to the University of California Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. In 1988, he was promoted Professor of Organic Chemistry at Pierre and Marie Curie University  Paris VI where he is also now a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He developed new directions for research, centered both on organometallic chemistry (Pd, Co) and on radical chemistry. These two subjects were aiming at the same goal which was a quick and controlled access to complex polycyclic molecules starting from acyclic polyunsaturated derivatives. These two axis have evolved towards several directions, leading to organometallic chemistry of platinium and gold compounds, to the introduction of heteroelements as a means of controlling selectivities in radical chemistry and beyond in a very precise way, to total synthesis of natural molecules or analogs. Recently, Professor Malacria has resolutely extended his fields of interest in developing physical chemistry interfaces – modelisation of organometallic reactivity - and of nanotechnologies - study of autoassemblies – or of inorganic and biological molecular chemistry, synthesis of hybrid polyoxometallates able to interact with biopolymers, the whole being carried out in symbiosis with our homologues on the other side of the interface. He is now head of the ICSN in Gif sur Yvette where, in addition, he developped research devoted to the valorization of biomass. His work was rewarded with the prize from the French Chemical Society (Organic Chemistry division) (1997), the Grammaticakis-Neuman prize from the French Academy of Sciences (2000), médaille d’argent du CNRS in 2001, the Catalan Sabatier prize of the  Real Sociedad Española de Química (2009), Wm G Dauben Award University of Berkeley (2011), the Bohringer Ingelheim Lecturer Prize Canada (2012), and recently, the Evonik & Lilly Lecturer, (13th Bristol Synthesis Symposium, 2013).