Jean-Michel Savéant (1933 – 2020)

Jean-Michel Savéant (1933 – 2020)

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Jean-Michel Savéant, Emeritus Professor of Electrochemistry, Paris Diderot University, France, and Emeritus Research Director, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), passed away on August 16, 2020. He was well-known for his work on molecular electrochemistry, e.g., the use of electrochemistry in the fields of electron- and proton transfers, free radical chemistry, coordination chemistry, photochemistry, solid-state physical chemistry, and the catalytic activation of small molecules.

Jean-Michel Savéant was born on September 19, 1933, in Rennes, France. He studied physical sciences at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1966. He joined Paris Diderot University as Professor in 1971. There, he founded the Molecular Electrochemistry Laboratory (LEM, Laboratoire d’Électrochimie Moléculaire). In 1985, he was named CNRS Research Director.

Among many other honors, Savéant received the Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 1983, the Palladium Medal of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), USA, in 1993, the Manuel Baizer Award of the ECS in 2002, and the Bruno Breyer Medal of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) in 2005. He was a Member of the French Academy of Sciences and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (NAS).

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