Philippe Sautet has studied at “Ecole Polytechnique” in Paris and defended his doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry at Orsay University (Paris XI) in 1989. He then entered CNRS at the Institute of Research on Catalysis in Lyon, where he developed and lead a group devoted to the applications of theoretical chemistry to heterogeneous catalysis. He spent a sabbatical at Berkeley University. After being the director of the laboratory of Chemistry at the ENS of Lyon for 8 years, he was director of the “Institut de Chimie de Lyon”, a cluster of chemistry laboratories in Lyon, from 2007 to 2015. Philippe Sautet is now Professor at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department and at the Chemistry and Biochemistry department of UCLA
He has published over 300 scientific papers. The impact of his research is illustrated by more than 100 invited lectures at conferences and by a H factor of 61. He received several awards including the silver medal of CNRS in 2007, the Paul Pascal Prize of the French Academy of Science in 2008 and the Pierre Süe Grand Prize of the French Chemical Society in 2012. He was elected at the French Academy of Science in 2010. In addition France distinguished him as “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” for his action in research and research organization and as “Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques” for his teaching and action towards students. He is nominated in several councils or committees and is associate editor of ACS Catalysis, an international journal published by the American Chemical Society.
Professor Philippe Sautet’s research interests are in the theory of the electronic structure at the interface between a solid surface and molecules and the modeling of elementary steps of heterogeneous catalysis. His work on the simulation of the atomic scale image of surfaces obtained with the scanning tunneling microscope brought him to international attention. He is worldwide recognized for his theoretical study at the molecular scale of catalysts and catalyzed reactions. He collaborates with several experimental groups in the field.
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Honors & Awards
- Pierre Süe Grand Prize of the French Chemical Society 2012
- Member of the French Academy of Sciences, 2010
- Silver medal of the CNRS 2007
- Descartes-Huygens prize 1998, awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Award of the Catalysis Division of the French Chemical Society 1993
- Bronze medal of the CNRS 1991
- Raymond Berr student research award of the École Polytechnique 1985