Hélène Lebel, University of Montréal, Canada, talks about catalysis, flow chemistry, and freedom in research. Lebel’s research is aimed at developing new synthetic methodologies in organic chemistry based on transition-metal-catalyzed processes. Her team also uses continuous flow synthesis and photochemical processes as new tools in organometallic catalysis.
Hélène Lebel studied biochemistry at Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada, and organic chemistry at the University of Montréal, where she received her Ph.D. in 1998 under the supervision of André B. Charette. She then performed postdoctoral research with Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Lebel was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Montréal in 1999. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and to Full Professor in 2010.
Among other honors, Lebel has received the Enantioselective Synthetic Chemistry Research Award in 2005, the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Award in 2009, and the Clara Benson Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada in 2014.