Max MALACRIA

Professor (HDR)

Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 32-42, 5th floor
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Prof. Max Malacria was born on 7 February 1949 (61 years old) in Marseille. He studied there and obtained a PhD in 1974 at the University of Aix-Marseille III under the supervision of Professor Marcel Bertrand. His academic career began in Lyon in 1974 as an Assistant in the laboratory of Professor Jacques Goré where he was quickly promoted to Senior Assistant (1978). After spending two years as a NATO post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, under the supervision of Professor K. Peter C. Vollhardt, he was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 1978. Peter C. Vollhardt, he returned to the University of Lyon I as Senior Lecturer in 1983. In 1985, he was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC-Paris). From July to September 1986, he returned to the University of California Berkeley as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1991 and senior member in 2002 and renewed in 2007. He was, among others, director of the Laboratoire de Chimie Organique (UMR 7611) for ten years, director of the Ecole Doctorale de Chimie Moléculaire de Paris Centre (ED 406), elected member of the CNU (32nd section), delegate of the CPU for Chemistry at the CNRS and member of the Scientific Council of the ANR. He is currently director of the Institut Parisien de Chimie Moléculaire (UMR 7201) – which gathers the molecular chemistry forces of UPMC – and of the Fédération de Chimie Moléculaire de Paris-Centre, member of the scientific council of ERA-Net Chemistry, president of the editorial board of EJOC (Wiley) and president of the organizing committee of the next ESOC 17 congress. Since 2007, he has been a scientific delegate to the French Research and Higher Education Evaluation Agency (AERES).

He has structured his research activities around various themes including the development of new efficient and selective approaches for the synthesis of complex polycyclic systems by cascade processes involving reactions catalysed by transition metals (Co, Au, Pt, Pd) or radical processes, and on the other hand the construction of new hybrid materials for applications in biochemistry and physics. On the other hand, he has created links with the industrial world through various collaborations involving chemical and pharmaceutical companies. He is the author of 260 publications and book chapters and 9 patents and has directed or co-directed 66 theses. Since 1987, he has lectured at 215 national and international events. He has participated in the organisation of 11 national and international conferences. In addition, he has been a Visiting Professor at several universities in Europe (Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium) and in the rest of the world (Japan, Israel, Taiwan, China, Australia). His work has earned him the SFC Organic Chemistry Prize (1997), the Grammaticakis-Newman Prize of the French Academy of Sciences (2000), the CNRS Silver Medal (2001) and very recently, the Franco-Spanish Catalan-Sabatier Prize of the Real Sociedad Española de Química (2009).