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Cover image for Vol. 82 Issue 11

Editor: Marisa Spiniello. Editorial Board Chairs: Matthias Driess, Michal Hocek, Tetsuro Majima

Online ISSN: 2192-6506

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal

May 25, 2012

CNRS Silver Medal for Ivan Huc and Paolo Samorì

CNRS Silver Medal for Ivan Huc and Paolo SamorìIn May of this year the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France) announced the winners of several awards. The Silver Medal of the CNRS was awarded to Bernadette Charleux (Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon ), Ivan Huc (Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie de Bordeaux), and Paolo Samorì (Université de Strasbourg) . These researchers are distinguished for originality, quality, and importance of their work, which has already been recognized nationally and internationally.

Ivan Huc (pictured left) leads a research group and is also adjunct director at the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie in Bordeaux, France. His current research interests are foldamers and biomimetic supramolecular chemistry. His recent contributions to Angewandte Chemie include a paper on template-induced screw motions within an aromatic amide foldamer double helix and a report on deciphering aromatic oligoamide foldamer–DNA interactions. Huc studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and received his PhD in 1994 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris under the joint supervision of C. Rolando (Ecole Normale Supérieure) and J. Rebek, Jr. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), working on synthetic enzyme mimics. After a postdoctoral fellowship studying the recognition of DNA sequences with J.-P. Behr in Strasbourg–Illkirch, he received a CNRS Chargé de Recherche position in the laboratory of J.-M. Lehn at the Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, where he studied dynamic combinatorial chemistry. Huc is on the Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem. This short biography was adapted from ChemPlusChem 2012, 77, 3–12.

In 2012, Paolo Samorì (pictured right) was appointed Director of the Institut de Science et d′Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) of the Université de Strasbourg (UdS), France. He is also Director of the Nanochemistry Laboratory at the UdS and his research centers on controlling the architecture to function relationship in complex supramolecular materials applicable to organic electronics. His team works towards the fabrication of molecular-scale nanodevices and apply scanning probe microscopy techniques to investigate hierarchical self-assembly of hybrid architectures at surfaces. He has recently reported in Small about the self-assembly at surfaces of a oligothiophene rotaxane. Samorì studied industrial chemistry at the University of Bologna and received his Ph.D in chemistry from the Humboldt University Berlin under the supervision of J. P. Rabe. He was a research scientist at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Bologna from 2001 to 2008, before being appointed at ISIS–UdS in 2008. In 2012, Samorì became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a member of the Editorial Board of ChemPlusChem and the Advisory Board of Advanced Materials and ChemPhysChem. This short biography was adapted from ChemPlusChem 2012, 77, 3–12.

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