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Christophe Thomas


Research fields

Development of new methods for polymer synthesis, with an emphasis on catalytic transformations and the control of stereochemistry Design, synthesis and characterization of new organometallic complexes

Former positions

2004-2008 Assistant Professor, University of Rennes 1 (France)

2003-2004 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) Research advisor : Professor T. R. Ward, Design of artificial metalloenzymes

2002-2003 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University (NY, USA) Research advisor : Professor G. W. Coates, Synthesis of biodegradable polymers

Academic degrees

1998-2002 Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) Research advisor : Professor G. Süss-Fink, Catalytic carbonylation of methanol 1995-1996 M.S. in Chemistry, University of Strasbourg (France) Research advisor : Professor J. A. Osborn, Catalytic oxidation of alcohols


Swiss National Foundation Grant for Prospective Researcher Syngenta Crop Protection Award

Selected publications

  • C. M. Thomas : Stereocontrolled Ring-Opening Polymerization of Cyclic Esters : Synthesis of New Polyester Microstructures. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2010, 39, 165-173. - J. W. Kramer, D. S. Treitler, E. W. Dunn, P. M. Castro, T. Roisnel, C. M. Thomas, G. W. Coates : Polymerization of Enantiopure Monomers Using Syndiospecific Catalysts : A New Approach To Sequence Control in Polymer Synthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 16042-16044.
  • N. Ajellal, G. Durieux, L. Delevoye, G. Tricot, C. Dujardin, C. M. Thomas, R. M. Gauvin : Polymerization of racemic β-butyrolactone using supported catalysts : a simple access to isotactic polymers. Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 1032-1034. 
  • C. Romain, Sylvain Gaillard, Mohammed K. Elmkaddem, L. Toupet, C. Fischmeister, C. M. Thomas, J.-L. Renaud : New Dipyridylamine Ruthenium Complexes for Transfer Hydrogenation of Aryl Ketones in Water. Organometallics 2010, 29, 1992-1995. 
  • A. Amgoune, C. M. Thomas, S. Ilinca, T. Roisnel, J.-F. Carpentier : Highly Active, Productive, and Syndiospecific Yttrium Initiators for Racemic β-Butyrolactone Polymerization. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 2782-2784.

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Christophe Thomas
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Chimie ParisTech
Laboratoire de Chimie moléculaire et chimie pour le vivant

Groupe Chimie organométallique, catalyse et développement durable
11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie
75231 PARIS Cedex 05, FRANCE

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