Centenary Lectureship 2009/2010 Winner

Centenary Lectureship current winner, Michel Che
Michel Che
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

For his pioneering investigations on the reactivity of surfaces and heterogeneous catalysis.

About the winner

Professor Michel Che (born in Lyon, France) completed his doctorate (EPR study of titanium dioxide) in 1968 at the University of Lyon and studied as postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University (1969-1971). He was appointed Professor at University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie in 1975 and Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 1995. 

His research activity has been largely devoted to catalysis processes involving gas-solid, liquid-solid and solid-solid interfaces. He has pioneered a molecular approach to heterogeneous catalysis, based on transition elements taken as probes, specific isotopes and physical techniques, which endows him with an original position in the field. 

His work has led to the emergence of interfacial coordination chemistry at the junction of colloidal, electro-, supramolecular, geo- and solid-state chemistries. His studies have largely contributed to improve our understanding of the elementary processes involved in laboratory/industrial catalysis, and particularly water-mediated assemblies in catalysts preparation. 

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