Featured speaker and symposium chair

Christophe Copéret, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Christophe CopéretProf. Christophe Copéret (CCH) was trained in chemistry and chemical engineering in CPE Lyon (France) and then undertook a PhD in chemistry at Purdue University (USA), where he studied the development of highly efficient synthesis of complex molecules via Pd-catalyzed carbonylation reactions in the group of Prof. E.i. Negishi (1991-1996). After a postdoctoral stay at the Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, USA) in the group of Prof. K.B. Sharpless (1996-1997), where he developed oxidation reactions, CCH was offered in 1998 a permanent research position in CNRS in C2P2 (at the time LCOMS, directed by Dr. Jean-Marie Basset), a laboratory devoted to catalysis, chemistry of surfaces and polymers, and was promoted CNRS Research Director in 2008. Since Nov, 1st 2010, CCH is Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zürich. His scientific interest lies at the frontiers of molecular, material and surface chemistry, with the aims to design functional materials with applications in catalysis (sustainable chemistry and energy), molecular recognition, imaging and microelectronics. CCH is currently an Editor of J. Catal. and belongs to the advisory boards of several journals (see below). CCH is also a board member of the Swiss Chemical Society, ScienceIndustries, and is the President of Plateform Chemistry of Swiss Academy of Science (SCNat).

Besides scientific activities, CCH enjoys literature, history, cooking and wine tasting, probably a reminiscence of his childhood spent in the vineyards in Fleurie, one of the famous crû of Beaujolais (La reine) just 50 km North of Lyon.