Professor Rodolphe Clérac was born in 1971 in Versailles (France) andreceived his education in physical chemistry at the University of Bordeaux 1. His PhD work was devoted to the physical properties of molecular antiferromagnetic materials under the supervision of Professor C Coulon (in 1997).
After a short postdoctoral stay in the group of Professor O Kahn (ICMCB, Bordeaux), he joined, in 1998, Professor K R Dunbar’s group at Michigan State University (USA) and worked on the magnetic properties of coordination chemistry-based materials. In 1999, he moved with Professor K R Dunbar’s group to Texas A&M University (USA) where he collaborated with Professor F A Cotton on the magnetic properties of metal-metal bonded complexes. He joined the University of Bordeaux 1 in 2000 as Associate Professor. In 2008, he became full CNRS (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal) Researcher. In 2013 he was promoted to CNRS Research Director.
In 2019, Professor Clérac was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea in 2020. He became a Distinguished Young Fellow of the French Chemical Society in 2014. His awards include the CNRS Silver Medal (2021), the France-Berkeley Fund Award (2017), the National Chinese Award of the "1000 Talents Program" (2014) and the Young Researcher award of the Physical Chemistry Division of the SCF (2009). Dr Clérac’s molecular materials and magnetism research group is based at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS).