Marc Lemaire - Biography#

Professor Marc Lemaire started his career as technician at the Roussel UCLAF Research Center (Romainville) then at the Delallande Research Center (Rueil-Malmaison). Thanks to the evening courses at University (CNAM), he obtained a master degree in organic chemistry at CNAM Paris, then a PhD degree at the Paris VI University (Dir J.P. Guetté): “New regioselective chlorinating reagents using charge transfer complex interactions”. These reagents are now named: “Guy-Lemaire-Guetté Reagents” (organic synthesis based on name Reactions A. Hassner and C. Stumer editor Pergamon, 2002, p.142) and are commercially available (Acros) It was more recently use for enantioselective chlorination using organocatalysis.

Marc Lemaire was appointed 18 months as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Groningen, The Netherland (Dir R.M. Kellogg), 1982-1983: “Chiral thiamacrocycles; synthesis and use as ligand for nickel catalyzed Grignard Cross-Coupling”.

He obtained an Assistant Professor position at CNAM in 1983. He was appointed as Professor at the University of Lyon in 1989, 2°class, then 1° class and exceptional class. During the last 30 years, he created a new laboratory at the Lyon 1 University (Catalysis Synthesis and Environment). He was successively Director of the master of catalysis and physical chemistry (8 years), Director of the organic synthesis master (5 years). He was Director of the UMR 5181 (fine organic chemistry) from 1998 to 2004. He was appointed at the National Committee of CNRS section 12 then 16 and at National Committee of Universities section 32, member of the board of the SFC (organic chemistry division) and of the board of the SFC. He was one of the coordinator of the green chemistry network of the CNRS 2004-2009. He is currently teaching “green chemistry” for more 20 years, in Lyon University but also in Antananarivo University (Madagascar), in East China University of Shanghai (China).

Marc Lemaire manage industrial research projects and is co-inventor of more than 75 original patents. He was a member of the scientific committee of the “Institute de chimie séparative” of Marcoule and of the scientific committee of the Society MINAKEM (Beuvry) and of the scientific committee of IFMAS (Lille).

Marc Lemaire is director of a “Catalyse Synthesis and Environment” Group in ICBMS Lyon and co-director of the International Laboratory on Malagasy Biodiversity Valorization at Antananarivo Madagascar. He is co-author of more than 380 scientific articles. He presented more than 200 national and international conferences and seminars, >17 600 citations, h factor = 58 (2019). He is now Emeritus Professor at Lyon1 University

Research areas and main results

Chemistry is both a science and an important industry, the strategy developed by the Lemaire's group is closely related to the relation with Chemical Industry. On one hand applied researches are required for financial support and on the other hand the contact with industrial scientists allow us to define timely fundamental projects with high potential applications. The common point between the various works lies in the design of organic molecules or materials for desired properties (physical , chemical biological..) and the search for synthetic methods that are economically and ecologically acceptable.

1°Organic conductors: poly(thiophen) and poly(pyrrole)

2°Separation science and technology: specific resins for ion separation or organic pollutant elimination

3° Asymmetric catalysis: Nitrogen containing ligands, homogeneous, heterogeneous, biphasic catalysis.

4° Development of (heterogeneous) catalysis in fine organic chemistry: aromatic reduction using metal nanoparticles, aryl aryl bond formation, alternative for aluminium or boron hydride, catalytic alternative, safer method for methylation of alcohol and urethane, general acid catalysis.

5°Use of renewable starting materials in specialty chemical: fatty acid, glycerol, sugar

6° In the associate laboratory, the valorization of agroindustry wastes and use of chemical ecology as alternative to insecticide are developed.

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