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  • Thibault Cantat

    Biography

    Dr. Thibault Cantat did his undergraduate studies at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris from 2001 to 2003 where he studied chemistry and worked in the group of Dr. Anny Jutand and Prof. Christian Amatore. He completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Mézailles and Prof. Pascal Le Floch at the École Polytechnique in September 2007, working on the theoretical and experimental aspects of new organometallic complexes and their use in catalysis. He is the recipient of the École Polytechnique Best Thesis Award (2008) and the ParisTech Best Thesis Award (2008). T. Cantat was then appointed a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) (from October 2007 to 2009), to work in the groups of Dr. Jaqueline L. Kiplinger (experimental f-element chemistry) and Drs. P. Jeffrey Hay and Enrique R. Batista (theoretical chemistry). He joined the CEA as an Associate Researcher in November 2009 and obtained a starting grant from the ANR the same year.

    Awards and Honours
  • 2015: Young Investigator Award of the Organic Division of the French Chemical Society
  • 2014: Green Chemistry for Life research grant from UNESCO / IUPAC / PhosAgro
  • 2013-2018: Starting Grant from the ERC to T.C.
  • 2013-2018: Starting Grant from the ERC
  • 2013: Grand Prix Scientifique, Fondation Louis D. - ”Institut de France"
  • 2012: Prix La Recherche, in Chemistry
  • 2012: R&D 100 Award
  • 2011: LANL Pollution Prevention Award
  • 2011: Starting Grant from the ANR
  • 2009-2012: Director's Postdoctoral Fellow, LANL, NM, USA
  • 2007-2009: ParisTech Best Thesis Award, ParisTech, France
  • 2008: Ecole Polytechnique Best Thesis Award, France 2008


    Invited Lectures at Research Conferences
  • 28th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC), Florence (Italy), 15/07/2018.
  • European Symposium on Organic Chemistry (ESOC), Köln (Germany), 04/07/2017.
  • International Summer School on Organic Synthesis, Gargnano (Italy), 19/06/2017.
  • Challenges in Computational Homogeneous Catalysis, Stockholm (Sweden), 15/06/2017.
  • International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC), La Rochelle (France), 16/05/2017.
  • Annual meeting, CARISMA COST, Lisbon (Portugal), 06/03/2017.
  • ACS Meeting - Symposium on Switchable catalysts, San Francisco, CA (USA), 03/04/2017.
  • Division de Chimie Organique de la SCF, Palaiseau (France), 08/12/2015.
  • ACS Meeting - Symposium in honor of E. J. Schelter, San Diego, CA (USA), 15/03/2016.
  • Journées Nord-Ouest Européennes des Jeunes Chercheurs (JNOEJC), Lille (France), 09/06/2016.
  • Grupo Especializado de Química Organometálica (GEQO), Gerona (Spain), 09/09/2016.
  • Workshop on the energy transition - EDF / Univeristy of Paris Saclay, Saclay (France), 05/10/2016.
  • Zing Conference on Carbon Dioxide Catalysis (CCDC1) Algarve (Portugal), 19-22/04/2016.
  • ICCC42 - International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Brest (France), 03-08/07/2016.
  • Colloque Biomimétisme et chimie durable, Paris (France), 10/11/2015.
  • Journées scientifiques SCF - Section Bretagne-Pays de la Loire, Nantes (France), 18-20/05/2015.
  • VIII International School On Organometallic Chemistry, Sevilla (Spain), 15-17/06/2015.
  • EUCOMC, Bratislavia (Slovakia), 5-9/07/2015.
  • Workshop Nanomaterials for Energy and Environment, Orsay (France), 18-20/03/2015.
  • ACS Meeting - Symposium in honor of J.L. Kiplinger, Denver, CO (USA), 22-26/03/2015.
  • 2èmes Journées de Catalyse de Paris Saclay, Gif-Sur-Yvette (France), 28-29/04/2014.
  • GEP-AFTP, Journées Annuelles des Hydrocarbures, Paris (France), 28-29/04/2014.
  • Fondation Tuck, Rueil-Malmaison (France), 26/05/2014.
  • 2èmes Journées de Catalyse de Paris-Saclay, Gif-Sur-Yvette (France), 28-29/04/2014.
  • COST ORCA, Palerme (Italy), 8-10/05/2014.
  • International Green Catalysis Symposium, Rennes (France), 2-4/04/2014.
  • 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC41), Rising Stars session, Singapore (Singapore), 21-25/07/2014.
  • UNESCO Symposium on Green Chemistry for Life, Moscow (Russia), 21-23/09/2014.
  • COST CARISMA, Venise (Italy), 4-7/05/2014.
  • Symposium on Sustainable Catalytic Conversions of Renewable Substrates, Saint Andrews (UK), 24-26/03/2013.
  • GECOM-CONCOORD, Cap d'Agde (France), 26-31/05/2013.
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Summit Brussels (Belgium), 30-31/10/2013.
  • CO2. Déchet ou molécule valorisable ? - Symposium INC CNRS, Paris (France), 09/07/2013.
  • Symposium on the Physics and Chemistry of the Heavy Elements, Santa Fe, NM (USA), 20-22/06/2012.


    Invited Lectures at Research Institutions
  • RWTH Aachen Universität, Aachen (Germany), 05/05/2017.
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany), 19/04/2017.
  • University of Zürich, Zürich(Switzerland), 28/03/2017.
  • University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza (Spain), 21/02/2017.
  • Aarhus University, Aarhus (Denmark), 17/11/2016.
  • SOLVAY - Research department, Lyon (France), 12/07/2016.
  • University of Aix Marseille, Marseille (France), 13/11/2015.
  • Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France), 09/02/2016.
  • Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), Gif-Sur-Yvette (France), 14/04/2016.
  • ENSCM Montpellier, Montpellier (France), 22/09/2016.
  • Abengoa - research department, Sevilla (Spain), 18/06/2015.
  • École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Caen, Caen (France), 12/02/2015.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (USA), 24/10/2014.
  • University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (USA), 31/10/2014.
  • University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (USA), 29/10/2014.
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (France), 13/01/2014.
  • Université Claude Bernard, Lyon (France), 23/01/2014.
  • Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France), 13/02/2014.
  • Collège de France, Paris (France), 26/03/2014.
  • MidiSciences, Grenoble (France), 05-05/11/2014.
  • Université de Bourgogne, Dijon (France), 23/01/2013.
  • Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France), 13/05/2013.
  • Université d'Orsay Paris-Sud, Orsay (France), 09/04/2013.
  • CEA - Direction des Sciences du Vivant, Gif-Sur-Yvette (France), 19/03/2013.
  • Université Paris-Diderot, Paris (France), 29/03/2013.
  • ICIQ – Institut Català d'Investigació Química, Tarragona (Spain), 18/10/2013.
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon (France), 21/11/2013.
  • Conférence Paul Sabatier, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination - LCC, Toulouse (France), 22/11/2013.
  • Université de Rennes 1, Rennes (France), 08/10/2013.
  • Académie des Sciences - Section des sciences chimiques, Paris (France), 15/10/2013.
  • Amsterdam University, Amsterdam (Netherlands), 17/12/2013.
  • Académie des Sciences - Section des Sciences de l'Univers, Paris (France), 26/11/2013.
  • Seaborg Institute, Los Alamos, NM (USA), 28/06/2012.
  • Université de Versailles St Quentin, Versailles (France), 24/10/2012.
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Paris (France), 06/06/2012.
  • Université de Bordeaux II, Bordeaux (France), 03/12/2012.
  • CEA Saclay - IRAMIS Institute, Gif-Sur-Yvette (France), 03/04/2009.
  • CEA Grenoble - Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics, Grenoble (France), 23/01/2009.
  • Seaborg Institute, Los Alamos, NM (USA), 14/01/2009.