Prof. Christophe Copéret
"Bridging the gap between well-defined and industrial catalysts via a molecular approach"
Prof. Christophe Copéret (CCH) was trained in chemistry and chemical engineering at CPE Lyon, France, and carried out a PhD in chemistry with Prof. E.i. Negishi (Purdue University, USA – 1991-1996), where he investigated the synthesis of complex molecules via Pd-catalyzed carbonylation reactions. After a postdoctoral stay with Prof. K.B. Sharpless (Scripps), CCH was offered a research position at CNRS in 1998 and was promoted CNRS Research Director in 2008. Since 2010, CCH is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich. His scientific interest lies at the frontiers of molecular, material and surface chemistry. A significant effort in his group is devoted to develop synthetic methodologies and characterization tools, in particular solid-state NMR, to control the formation and understand surface and interfacial sites with molecular level precision for the rational design of heterogenous catalysts.