Guy Lavigne (1947 – 2015)

Guy Lavigne (1947 – 2015)

Author: ChemViews

Guy Lavigne, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS Toulouse, France, has passed away on April 23.

Lavigne studied chemistry at the University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, and received his Ph.D. from the University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France, in 1979 under the supervision of Yves Jeannin. After postdoctoral research with Herbert D. Kaesz at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, he returned to Toulouse and joined the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) as Researcher. Lavigne became Senior Researcher at CNRS in 1988, and head of the group “Molecular design of transition-metal pre-catalysts” in 2003. After his retirement in 2012, he remained in Toulouse as Emeritus Research Director.

Professor Lavigne’s research focused on organometallic chemistry and new catalytic reactions. His interests included ruthenium chemistry, base-promoted reactions of metal carbonyls, C–C bond forming reactions, C–H/olefin coupling, olefin metathesis, and the chemistry of N-heterocyclic carbenes.

He was a member of the board of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of EuCheMS, President of the Coordination Chemistry Division of the Société Chimique de France (SCF) from 2006 to 2009, and a member of the administrative council of the SCF from 2010 to 2012.

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