CNRS Gold Medal for Jean-Marie Tarascon

CNRS Gold Medal for Jean-Marie Tarascon

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The CNRS Gold Medal for 2022 from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, French National Center for Scientific Research), has been awarded to Jean-Marie Tarascon, Collège de France, Paris. Tarascon is honored for his pioneering research focused on understanding and discovering new lithium reactivity concepts, synthesizing new electrode materials and electrolytes for batteries, and developing new battery chemistries.

The award was presented during a ceremony held in Paris, France, on December 14, 2022. The medal is one of France’s most prestigious scientific awards and honors researchers who have made exceptional contributions to the vitality and reputation of French research.


Curriculum Vitae

Jean-Marie Tarascon studied chemistry, chemical engineering, and physics at the University of Bordeaux, France, where he also received his Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry in 1981. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and then joined Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. From 1983 to 1989, he served as a Member of the Technical Staff in the Solid State Chemistry Division of Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ, USA, and from 1989 to 1994 as Director of the Energy Storage Group of Bellcore.

From 1995 to 2008, Tarascon was Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Reactivity and Solid State Chemistry at the University of Amiens, France (associated with the CNRS), and from 2009 to 2013, he served as High Merit Professor of Chemistry at the University of Picardie, Amiens. In parallel, Jean-Marie Tarascon held the 2010–2011 Chair for “Sustainable Energy – Society and Environment” at the Collège de France. Today, he is Professor at the Collège de France, holding the chair in “Chemistry of Solids – Energy” and Director of the French Research Network on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E).


Awards and Honors

Among many other honors, Jean-Marie Tarascon received the 2011 Pierre Süe Prize from the Société Chimique de France (SCF, French Chemical Society), the 2015 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the 2016 Catalan-Sabatier Award from the Real Sociedad Española de Química (RSEQ, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry) and the SCF, the 2017 CNRS Innovation Medal, and the 2020 Balzan Prize.

Tarascon is a Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities and of the French Academy of Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, and was elected to the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

Selected Publications


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