Gérard Férey - Short Biography#

Gérard Férey created the Institut Lavoisier (CNRS 8180) of the university of Versailles in 1996 after being Professor at the University of Le Mans (1967-1995) and Deputy-Director of the Chemistry Department of CNRS (1988-1992). Previously devoted to the structural chemistry and magnetism of inorganic fluorides, his research concerns since 1992 is the synthesis, the structure, the mechanisms of formation, the structural prediction and the applications of inorganic and hybrid porous solids. Produced at the industrial scale, some of his solids find applications in the domains of energy (hydrogen storage, conducting solids), sustainable development (capture of CO2) and health (storage and delivery of antitumoral and antiviral drugs). Author of more than 550 publications, 11 patents, he is known worldwide, with prestigious awards (USA, Japan, Germany, Spain, India). He received in 2010 the Gold Medal of CNRS, the highest distinction for a French scientist, all disciplines included.

Professor at the Institut universitaire de France (1999-2009), Member of the French Academy of Sciences (2003-…) and of several foreign Academies, Knight of the Légion d’Honneur, he now belongs to the French Committee of Ethics.
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