Thursday 9 December 2010, 4.15PM
Speaker(s): Professor Sylviane Sabo-Etienne
About the Winner. Sylviane Sabo-Etienne is "Directrice de Recherche CNRS" and group leader at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) in Toulouse. She was born in France in 1956. She received her "Doctorat d'Etat" from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, in 1984, under the supervision of the late Professor Danièle Gervais, in the field of heterobimetallic complexes.In 1985, she moved to the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, to work as "Chargée de Recherche CNRS" in Prof. Hervé des Abbayes' group in the field of iron carbonylation. After a year working with Prof. Maurice Brookhart (Chapel Hill, USA) as a NSF-CNRS research associate, on rhodium catalysed acrylate dimerization, she returned to Toulouse to the LCC to work in collaboration with Dr. Bruno Chaudret on polyhydride chemistry. She was promoted to the position of "Directrice de Recherche CNRS" 2nd class in 1997 and "Directrice de Recherche CNRS" 1st class in 2009. Her research interests deal with various aspects of coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry and catalysis with some emphasis on the chemistry of sigma-complexes.She and her co-workers are interested in making new organometallic complexes displaying unusual coordination modes and looking for interesting catalytic applications of these by conducting mechanistic investigations. Studies are carried out on fundamental aspects of hydrogen transfer and related interests include the development of models for hydrogen storage and hydrofunctionalization catalysts. Borane, silane and CO2 activation, design of polyfunctional ligands, catalytic studies in the field of hydrogenation and C-E bond breaking and formation, are present research topics.