Biography

Clément Sanchez is Emeritus Professor at the Collège de France chair of the Chemistry of Hybrid Materials and Professor at the Institut of Advanved Studies of Strasbourg. He was Director of The “Laboratoire de chimie de la matière condensée de Paris” (UMR 7574, University of Pierre and Marie Curie – Collège de France – CNRS) (1999-2013). He did a large part of his career at the CNRS were he was Director of Research and he was also Professor at l'École polytechnique. He received an engineer degree from l'École nationale supérieure de chimie de Paris in 1978 and a “thèse d'État” (PhD) in physical chemistry from the University of Paris VI in 1981. He did a postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently performing research at UMR 7574 in Paris and at USIAS in Strasbourg. He is specialized in the field of nanochemistry of nanostructured porous and non-porous transition metal oxide based gels and porous and non-porous hybrid organic inorganic materials shaped as monoliths, microspheres and films. He has created a new school of thought in materials chemistry and opened a new disciplinary field with both fundamental and technological impact. He has pioneered the development of functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials, synthesized via chimie douce” coupled with green processing methods. He was able to implement many of his fundamental concepts into technologies for hybrid materials, applied nowadays in adsorption, catalysis, protection, waste recycling and optics… He organized scientifically many national and international meetings associated to the field of soft-chemistry, hybrid materials and related bio-aspects. He was the recipient of a few national and international awards and is member of several Academies of Sciences.

Diplomas

  • Engineer of l'École nationale supérieure de chimie de Paris (Major) 1978
  • Doctorat ès sciences (PhD in Physical Sciences) University of PARIS 6-Pierre et Marie Curie 1981

Career in national education

  • Attaché de recherche CNRS (1978-1982)
  • Chargé de Recherche CNRS (1982-1988)
  • Director of Research II CNRS (1988-1995)
  • Professor at l'École polytechnique (1991-2003)
  • Director of Research I CNRS (1995-2006)
  • Director of Research Exceptional Class CNRS (2006-2011)
  • Director of the laboratory “Chimie de la Matière Condensée” (1999-)
  • Codirector of the laboratory “Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” UMR CNRS 7574 (2000-2004)
  • Director of the laboratory “Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” UMR CNRS 7574 (2005-2013)
  • Professor at the Collège de France, chaire de “Chimie des Matériaux Hybrides” (2011-2020)

Research interests and fields of expertise

  • Sol-Gel chemistry from metal alkoxides precursors
  • Templated synthesis of inorganic gels and mesoporous coatings (self-assembly)
  • Designed construction of hybrid organic-inorganic materials (metal oxides based on Si, Sn, Ti, Zr ...)
  • Optical, electrical and mechanical properties of hybrid materialsSoft chemistry based routes to nanostructured materials. Sustainable chemistry (chimie douce)
  • Bio-inspired approaches to hierarchically structured inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic materials
  • Hybrid Biomaterials
  • Applications of hybrids in the domains of environment, health and energy

Scientific distinctions and awards

  • Recipient (1978) of the Major Medal of the ENSCP
  • Recipient (1983) of a NATO Fellowship
  • Laureate (1988) of the IBM Price for “Materials Science”
  • Laureate (1994) of the Price from the French Chemical Society (Solid State Chemistry Division)
  • Recipient (1995) of the CNRS Silver Medal
  • Laureate (2000) of the Yvan Pueches Price of the French Academy of sciences
  • Laureate (2000) of the ADFAC -University of Paris VI Price for research valorisation
  • Recipient (2007) of the Lavoisier Medal CEA Le Ripault
  • Catalan-Sabatier Award of the Real Sociedad Espagnola de Quimica (2007)
  • Laureate (2008) of the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Lecturer (2008) of the Otto-Warburg-Vorlesung, University of Bayreuth
  • Guest Professor of the University of Jilin-China (2009-)
  • Guest Professor of the University of Wuhan-China (2009-)
  • Recipient (2009) of the P. Süe Award of the French Chemical Society
  • Recipient (2010) of the Institut français du pétrole Award of the French Academy of Sciences
  • Nominated Foreing Academician of the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia, Spain 2011
  • Nominated Academician of the European Academia of Sciences, 2010
  • Nominated Academician of the French Academie of Sciences, 2011
  • Nominated Academician of Academia Europaea, 2012
  • Nominated Fellow of the Material Research Society, 2012
  • Lecturer of the Nippon Sheet Glass-UCLA lecture, University of Los Angeles, 2014
  • Recipient of François Sommer Award “Man and Nature”, 2014
  • Nominated Foreing Academician of the Royal Academia of Belgium, 2014
  • Recipient of Eni Award “Protection of the Environment”, 2014
  • Nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014
  • Recipient of the Career Award of the International Sol-Gel Society 2015
  • Guest Professor of the ETH Zurich (2016)
  • Advanced Materials PSA Award 2016
  • Chevalier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (2017)
  • Highest Award (Grand prix) of the French Society for Materials & Metallurgy (SF2M) (2017)
  • Nominated Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics (2017)
  • Nominated Academician of the French Academy of Technologies (2017)
  • International Chair Francqui Award (U. Louvain - U. Namur - U. Leuven) (2017-2018)
  • CNR Rao Award Lecture of the Chemical Research Society of India (Raipur-2018)
  • Nominated Guest Professor at University of Strasbourg Institut of Advanced Studies Chair of Chemistry of ultradivided matter (2020-)
  • Chemistry Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2021)