Jeanne Crassous and Frédéric Paul Distinguished Senior Members 2023 of the French Chemical Society

They received this distinction in recognition of their scientific merit and/or involvement in the French Chemical Society (SCF)
Jeanne Crassous and Frédéric Paul Distinguished Senior Members  2023 of the French Chemical Society

Jeanne Crassous is a CNRS Research Director at the ‘Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes’ (ISCR). She received her PhD in 1996 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) on ‘The Absolute Configuration of Bromochlorofluoromethane (CHFClBr)’ under the supervision of Prof. André Collet. After a one-year postdoctoral period studying ‘The Chirality of Fullerenes’ in Prof. François Diederich’s group (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), she received a CNRS researcher position at the ENS Lyon in 1998 and then she joined the ISCR in 2005. She is currently coordinating a French national network (GDR CHIRAFUN, Chirality and multifunctionality) and a European ITN Project (HEL4CHIROLED, Helical molecules for Chiral OLEDs). She is member of the Editorial Board of Chirality and ChemPhysChem journals (Wiley). In 2020, she received the National Prize of the Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society (DCO-SCF). In 2023, she was awarded the CNRS Silver Medal. She is also a Member of the European Academy of Science (EurASc) and a Chemistry Europe Fellow.

She is dealing with many fields of chirality (heteroatomic and organometallic helicenes, chiral π-conjugated systems and assemblies, fundamental aspects of chirality). She is studying chiroptics (electronic and vibrational circular dichroism, circularly polarized luminescence) for potential applications in optoelectronics and spintronics.

She is currently active for the French Chemical Society as an elected member of the DCO-SCF executive board (2021-2024).

 

After a PhD at the University of Strasbourg (J. Osborn, 1993) and two postdoctoral stays at Yale (J.F. Hartwig, 1994) and Palaiseau (J.F. Matthey, 1995), Frédéric Paul entered the CNRS in 1995 where he joined the group of C. Lapinte in Rennes. He strated working on organometallic molecular wires, intramolecular electron transfer and eventually on organometallic redox-active ligands. In 2002, in collaboration with the Australian group of M. G. Humphrey, he also specialized in nonlinear optics (NLO) and became interested in the development of original electro-switchable organometallic chromophores, as well as in their two-photon absorption properties. Since 2015, he became more broadly interested in the development of molecules with remarkable NLO properties, as well as in their practical exploitation in various fields, such as molecualr imaging or photodynamic therapy for instance. Since 2017, these studies are continued within the framework of an international laboratory (LIA CNRS) with Australia. 

Regarding the French Chemical Society (SCF), F. Paul joined the regional office of this society  in 2009 as Treasurer. Then, after several terms as Vice-President, he became President of the "Brittany and Loire Valley" section of the SCF from 2016 to 2021. Under his leadership, the SCF signed a bilateral agreement with the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 2018 which contributed broadening their international visibility and appeal.

 

Jeanne Crassous and Frédéric Paul would like to thank the SCF for this distinction.

 

Contacts

  • Jeanne Crassous, Univ Rennes, ISCR-CNRS UMR 6226, F-35000 Rennes, France
    jeanne [dot] crassousatuniv-rennes [dot] fr
     
  • Frédéric Paul, Univ Rennes, ISCR-CNRS UMR 6226, F-35000 Rennes, France
    frederic [dot] paulatuniv-rennes [dot] fr

 

Published January 31, 2024