Professor Michel Che, of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6 & Institut Universitaire de France, has been named the Royal Society of Chemistry Faraday Lectureship Prize winner for 2014.
The Faraday Lectureship Prize is awarded for exceptional contributions to physical or theoretical chemistry.
Professor Che’s work has largely contributed to improve our understanding of the elementary processes involved in laboratory/industrial catalysis, and bridged the gap between homo- and heterogeneous catalysis.
His research concerns surface reactivity with emphasis on the functionalization of inorganic oxides and heterogeneous catalysis. He pioneered a molecular approach, based on transition metal complexes taken as probes, specific isotopes and physical techniques. His work has led to the emergence of interfacial coordination chemistry at the crossroads of chemistry.
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Indeed, one of the 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Prize winners, Arieh Warshel, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year.
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Professor Che is awarded “for pioneering a molecular approach to catalyst design by bridging the gap between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis through the new field of interfacial coordination chemistry.”