Jean-François Carpentier


Email : jean-francois [dot] carpentier [at] univ-rennes1 [dot] fr

Phone : +33 (0) 2 23 23 59 50

Office number : Beaulieu - 922 - Build.10C

J.-F. Carpentier is 55. He graduated from the Chemical Engineering School of Lille, France, in 1989 and received his Ph. D. in molecular catalysis from the University of Lille in 1992 under the guidance of Pr. André Mortreux. In 1997, he spent one year as research associate with Pr. Richard F. Jordan at the University of Iowa, working on group 4 metal d0-olefin complexes. In 2001, he moved to the University of Rennes as a full Professor. His main current research interests lie in the organometallic chemistry of oxophilic elements (groups 2-4, 13, 14) and their use in catalysis for polymer materials engineering and fine chemicals synthesis. He is co-author of more than 350 international publications (h = 68) and 73 patent families. He is/was a member of several editorial boards (Chem. Eur. J., Curr. Inorg. Chem., Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., Organometallics, Polymers) and he has been editor of Catalysis Communications from 2012 to 2022. In 2005, he was elected member of the Institut Universitaire de France. In 2014, he was awarded the Silver CNRS medal and the prix Germaine & André Lequeux from the French Academy of Sciences.

Besides, since 2016, he acts as vice-president in charge of research of the Université de Rennes 1.

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  • 1989, Chemical engineer degree, Graduate school of chemistry of Lille, Head of the list
  • 1992, Ph.D. in organic and macromolecular chemistry, University of Lille. The highest distinction. "Synthesis of Esters through  Alkoxycarbonylation of Organic Halides using Alkyl Formates and Palladium-based Catalysts"
  • 1996, D.Sc. in physics (Habilitation), University of Lille. "P(O) and P(N) Chiral Chelates: Some Uses in Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis and Approach of the Induction Process through Molecular Modeling"

Professional Appointments

  • 1989-92, Elf-Atochem Co., Research assistant, University of Lille
  • 1992-93, CEA (French National Agency for Nuclear Energy), Research assistant, Tours
  • 1993-96, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Research assistant, University of Lille
  • 1997-98, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; Research associate with Pr. R. F. Jordan
  • 1997-00, CNRS, Senior research assistant, Laboratoire de catalyse, University of Lille
  • 2001-on, Full Professor of chemistry, University of Rennes (2001: 2nd class; 2007: 1st class; 2011: except. class)

Main Administrative, Collective and Teaching Activities

Teaching 128 h/year, lectures and lessons for freshmen, undergraduate BSc and MSc students, including Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry and catalysis, Inorganic chemistry, Catalysis for Fine Chemicals, Industrial Organic Chemistry.

  • 1999-01, Member of the French National University Council (CNU), Inorganic chemistry
  • 2004-08, Elected member of the recruiting committee for molecular chemistry (32nd section), University of Rennes
  • 2005-08, Dean of the Chemistry department (in charge of Education), University of Rennes
  • 2009-12, External council member of the Graduate doctoral school Matter, Molecules and Materials (3MPL), Loire region
  • 2006-ec, Deputy director (2006-10) and Director (2010-16) of the Graduate doctoral school for Physics, Chemistry and Geology, University of Rennes (ca. 360 PhD students, Doctoral School)
  • 2011-15, Director of the Organometallics: Materials and Catalysis department (56 permanent staff; OMC team)
  • 2013-03/16, Vice-president of the Université Européenne de Bretagne in charge of Doctoral studies (UEB)
  • 09/2015-03/16, Vice-president of the Université Européenne de Bretagne in charge of Research
  • 04/2016-on, Vice-president of the Université de Rennes 1 in charge of Research (UR1)

Research Activities      Web of Science Researcher ID: O-4763-2016.
Organometallic chemistry of oxophilic elements (especially alkaline- and rare-earths, groups 2-6, 12-14)
Design of single-site (stereoselective) polymerization catalysts: metallocenes, post-metallocenes, Ziegler-Natta
Polymerization and oligomerization catalysis: polyolefins, polydienes, polyesters, functional polymer materials
Homogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals synthesis: hydrogenation, hydroelementation, carbonylations….
Green chemistry and biorenewables, biodegradable polymer materials

346 publications in peer-reviewed journals
74 original patents (incl. 20 international + 38 European, and more than 50 extensions); 12 Book chapters
ISI Web of Knowledge (06/2021: >12 600 independent citations, h-index = 62, 40 citations/article
Google Scholar (11/2021): 16 600 citations, h-index = 67; i-10 = 291; Scopus (11/2021): 15 400 citations, h-index = 65
36 PhD students (co)supervised (inc. 5 PhD theses in co-tutelle)
56 invited lectures at international conferences (inc. 3 Plenary Lectures)
56 invited lectures and seminars at national conferences and in universities (inc. 35 abroad)

Main Honors, Awards

  • 1992, Pasteur medal of the graduate school "Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille"
  • 1997, Bronze medal of CNRS
  • 2001, ATIPE fellowship from CNRS
  • 2003, Rennes Metropole researcher award
  • 2005, Junior member of Institut Universitaire de France
  • 2006, Medal of the Rennes city
  • 2012, Royal Society of Chemistry - Dalton Transactions Lectureship
  • 2013, Chevalier in Ordre des Palmes Académiques
  • 2014, Silver Medal of CNRS
  • 2014, Germaine et André Lequeux award from the French Academy of Sciences/Institut de France
  • 2015, Elected member of the Société Philomathique de Paris
  • 2020, Officer in Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Some Consulting Research and Editorial Activities

  • 2003-on, Expert for the 6th and 7th framework research programs of the European Community
  • 2002-07, French representative of the management committee of European COST action D29 "Sustainable/Green chemistry and chemical technology"
  • 2008-12, Member of the National Council of Scientific Research (CoNRS, Transition metal chemistry and catalysis division,)
  • 2006-08, Consultant for Arkema
  • 2006-on, Consultant for Total SA
  • Member of the editorial board of European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2011-16); Member of the editorial advisory boards of Catalysis Communications (2008-11), Current Inorganic Chemistry (2009-on), Polymers (2009-on); Organometallics (2010-13), Chemistry – An European Journal (2014-on).
  • Editor of Catalysis Communications (2012-)
  • Regular scientific expert (ACS Petroleum fund, Australian research council, Volkswagen Stg, AERES, ANR, ANRT, AFIRST…)
  • 2016-20, Member of the international advisory board of JSPS program “transition metal catalysis”.
  • 2019-ec, Member of the International Advisory Board of RIKEN, Japan

Publications referenced in HAL