Jean-Marie Lehn- Curriculum vitae#


Born on September 30, 1939 at Rosheim, Bas-Rhin

Director
  • Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoléculaire ISIS, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg
  • Laboratoire de Chimie des Interactions Moléculaires,Collège de France, Paris
  • Director at the Nanotechnologie Institute of the Research Center of Karlsruhe, since 1998

Education
  • Undergraduate Studies, University of Strasbourg: Licence ès-Sciences (Bachelor of Sciences), Strasbourg, 1960
  • Graduate work on "Conformational Studies of Triperpenes"; with Professor Guy Ourisson, University of Strasbourg
  • Doctorat-ès-Sciences (Ph.D.), University of Strasbourg, 1963
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, 1964: work on vitamin B12 total synthesis with Professor Robert B. Woodward

Appointments
  • Member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 1960-66
  • Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor) at the University of Strasbourg, 1966-69
  • Professeur sans chaire (Associate Professor) at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, 1970
  • Professor of Chemistry at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, 1970-1979
  • Professor at Collège de France, Paris, since October 23rd 1979; Chair of Chimie des Interactions Moléculaires
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, 1972 (Spring), 1974 (Spring), and on a part time basis until 1980
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry at the E.T.H. Zürich, 1977
  • Alexander Todd Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Cambridge University, 1984
  • Visiting Professor, University of Barcelona, 1985
  • Rolf-Sammet Gastprofessor, Frankfurt University, 1985-86
  • Heinrich-Hertz Gastprofessor, Karlsruhe University, Nov., Dec. 1989
  • Robert Burns Woodward Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1997, 2000
  • Newton Abraham Professor, Lincoln College, Oxford University, 1999-2000
  • Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, 2005

Honorary Degrees
  • Honoris Causa Doctorates
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984
  • Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, 1985
  • Georg-August University of Göttingen, 1987
  • Université Libre of Bruxelles, 1987
  • Iraklion University, 1989
  • Università degli Studi di Bologna, 1989
  • Charles University of Prague, 1990
  • University of Sheffield, 1991
  • University of Twente, 1991
  • University of Athens 1992
  • Polytechnical University of Athens, 1992
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, 1995
  • Université de Montréal, 1995
  • University of Bielefeld, 1998
  • Honorary Professor, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 1998
  • Honorary Professor, Southeast University, Nanjing, 1998
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot; 1998
  • Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 1999
  • Nagoya University, 2000
  • Université de Sherbrooke, 2000
  • Università di Trieste, 2001
  • Honorary Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2003
  • Honorary Professor, Nanjing University, 2003
  • Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2003
  • University of St. Andrews, 2004
  • Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2005
  • Technical University, St Petersburg, 2005
  • Mazaryk University, Brno, 2005
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing University, 2005
  • Kyushu University, 2005

Awards
  • Bronze Medal of the CNRS, 1963
  • Adrian Prize of the Société Chimique de France, 1968
  • Silver Medal of the CNRS, 1972
  • Raymond Berr Prize of the Société Chimique de France, 1978
  • Gold Medal of the Académie Pontificale des Sciences, 1981
  • Gold Medal of the CNRS, 1981
  • Pierre Bruylants Medal, Louvain, 1981
  • Paracelsus Prize of the Swiss Chemical Society, 1982
  • Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, 1983
  • Prize of the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique awarded by the Académie des Sciences, 1984
  • Rolf-Sammet Prize, Frankfurt University, 1985
  • Prize of the Fondation Alsace, 1986
  • George Kenner Prize, University of Liverpool, 1987
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1987
  • Sigillum Magnum, University of Bologna, 1988
  • Minnie Rosen Award, 1989
  • Vermeil Medal of the Ville de Paris, 1989
  • Gold Medal of the Société d'Encouragement au Progrès, 1989
  • Karl-Ziegler Prize, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, 1989
  • Grand Bretzel d’Or, Institut des Arts et Traditions Populaires d’Alsace, 1992
  • Bonner Chemiepreis, 1993
  • 1992 "Ettore Majorana-Erice-Science for Peace" Prize, 1994
  • Gold Medal of the Société Académique Arts–Sciences–Lettres, 1995
  • Gold Medal of Comenius University, Bratislava, 1995
  • Golden Memorial Medal of the Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague, 1995
  • Honorary Medal of the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, 1996
  • The Davy Medal of the Royal Society, 1997
  • Lavoisier Medal 1997 of the Société Française de Chimie
  • Top 75 Award, C&N, American Chemical Society, 1998
  • Allan R. Day Award of the Philadelphia Organic Chemists' Club, 1998
  • 1998 Messel Medal, Society of Chemical Industry, London
  • Premio Barocco, 2003
  • Gold Medal "Giulio Natta" of the Italian Chemical Society, 2003
  • JSPS Award (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), 2003
  • Gold Medal of the 70th Anniversary of the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, 2004
  • Gold Medal of the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, 2005

Memberships
  • Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 1980
  • Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1980
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1983
  • Member of the Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, 1985
  • Foreign Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, 1985
  • Foreign Member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 1985
  • Honorary Member of the Union des Physiciens, 1986
  • Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society, 1987
  • Honorary Member of the Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts et des Lettres, 1987
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Belgium), 1987
  • Honorary Fellow ot the Royal Society of Chemistry (Great-Britain), 1987
  • Member of the Academia Europaea, 1988
  • Member of the Académie d'Alsace, 1989
  • Honorary Fellow of Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie, 1989
  • Foreign Associate of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur-Mainz, 1989
  • Honorary Member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1990
  • Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften of Göttingen, 1990
  • Associate Member of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten, 1990
  • Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, 1991
  • Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 1991
  • Foreign Associate of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, 1991
  • Foreign Member of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, 1992
  • Honorary Member, Institut Grand Ducal, Luxembourg, 1992
  • Foreign Member of the Royal Society, 1993
  • Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, 1993
  • Honorary Foreign Member of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), 1995
  • Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 1996
  • Foreign Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences, 1996
  • Honorary Member of the Czech Learned Society, 1997
  • Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, 1997
  • Foreign Member of the Academy of Sciences of Turin, 1999
  • Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Section Science, 1999
  • Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 1999
  • Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, 1999
  • Member of the Académie des Technologies, Institut de France, 2001
  • Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2001
  • Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2001
  • Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Chemistry, 2001
  • Member of the International Academy of Humanism, 2001
  • Honorary Member of The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), 2002
  • Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India, 2002
  • Consulting Honorary Member of The World Innovation Foundation, 2003
  • Corresponding Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2003
  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
  • Honorary Fellowship of IChemE Institution of Chemical Engineers, 2003
  • President of the Academia Bibliotheca Alexandrinae, 2004
  • Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2004
  • Member of the Gesellschaft Österreichischer Chemiker, 2004
  • Honorary Member of the Académie des Sciences Inscriptions et Belles Lettres de Toulouse, 2005
  • Honorary Member of the Real Academia Sevillana de Ciencias, 2005
  • Honorary Member of the Société Française de Chimie, 2005

Decorations
  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite, 1976
  • de l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur, 1983
  • Officier de l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur, 1988
  • Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, 1989
  • Member of the Order "Pour le Mérite" für Wissenschaften und Künste (RFA), 1990
  • Officier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite, 1993
  • Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Légion d'Honneur, 1996
  • Ostereischiches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Erste Klasse, 2001
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Cultural Merit of Romania, 2004

Scientific Work
  • 790 publications;
  • 3 books
  • "Chemia Supramolekularna",Collection of publications by J.-M. Lehn, organised and translated into Polish under the direction of Janusz Lipkowski, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1985.
  • B. Dietrich, P. Viout, J.-M. Lehn,"Aspects de la chimie des composés macrocycliques",InterEditions/Editions du CNRS, 1991.
  • "Macrocyclic Chemistry – Aspects of Organic and Inorganic Supramolecular Chemistry",VCH, Weinheim, 1993.
  • J.-M. Lehn,"Supramolecular Chemistry – Concepts and Perspectives",VCH, 1995.
  • "La chimie supramoléculaire : Concepts et perspectives",Traduit de l’anglais par A. Pousse, De Boeck Université, Bruxelles, 1997.

Fields of Research
  • Theoretical Organic Chemistry: Ab initio conformational analysis: computation of nitrogen and phosphine inversion, of the electronic structure of hydrocarbons, of stereoelectronic effects on chemical reactivity; theoretical studies of molecular receptors and recognition processes.
  • Dynamic Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Studies of conformational rate processes, internal rotation and nitrogen inversion.
  • Molecular Dynamics and Liquid Structure from Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation data. Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance.
  • Supramolecular Chemistry:Cryptates: Design, synthesis and properties of ligands forming stable and selective inclusion complexes with metal ions; di- and poly-nuclear cryptates; bioinorganic models; photoactive and electroactive cryptates; cluster cryptates; energy and electron transfer processes.
  • Molecular Recognition, Molecular Receptors and Coreceptors: Design, synthesis and properties of macropolycyclic complexing agents binding selectively one or several molecular substrates: metalloreceptors; photoactive receptors; cyclointercalands.
  • Anion Coordination Chemistry: Anion cryptates; receptors and coreceptors for anionic substrates; selective complexation of organic, inorganic and biological anions.
  • Supramolecular Catalysis: Design and properties of molecular catalysts performing a reaction on bound substrate species; enzyme models; cocatalysis.
  • Transport Processes: Design of selective carriers; transport of anions, cations and molecules; thermodynamic and kinetic properties; transport regulation; coupling to chemical potentials (protons, electrons) and to light.
  • Selfassembly and Selforganisation: Design of systems generating given supramolecular architectures by molecular recognition directed spontaneous assembly of the components; programmed chemical systems; hydrogen bonding and coordination interactions; selforganisation of organic and inorganic entities; polymolecular assemblies.
  • Supramolecular Materials: Recognition materials, supramolecular polymers, liquid crystals, vesicles, inorganic materials.
  • Chemionics: Molecular Photonic, Electronic and Ionic Devices: Photoactive and electroactive cryptates; energy and electron transfer processes; light conversion; photo-antenna; ion transfer; molecular and ionic switching and amplifying processes; molecular protonics.
  • Semiochemistry: Generation and processing of optical, electronic and ionic chemical signals; ion detection; ion pulses; non-linear optical properties.
  • Photochemistry and Solar Energy Storage: Photochemical activation of small molecules by means of transition metal complexes; photogeneration of hydrogen and oxygen; water photolysis; photoreduction of CO2; design of photoinduced charge separation systems.
  • Structural and Dynamic Studies by Multinuclear NMR on supramolecular complexes (in collaboration with the NMR Laboratory).
  • Bioorganic Chemistry and Biological Applications: Models of biological receptors, of enzymes and of biological transport processes; immunological labelling agents, selective nucleic acid reagents, helical and metallo-nucleic complexes; artificial gene transfer vectors.
  • Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry: Design of virtual combinatorial libraries; application to biological targets and to materials.

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