Emeritus Professor of organic chemistry,
retired since August 2014
Alexandre Alexakis was born in Alexandria in 1949. He graduated from Paris VI university in 1970 and received his PhD in 1975. After a postdoctoral stay at Johns Hopkins University, he joined the CNRS at Pierre et Marie Curie University in 1977, being appointed Directeur de Recherche in 1985. In 1994 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the CNRS. In 1996 he moved from CNRS to Pierre et Marie Curie University as full Professor (1st class), then to the University of Geneva in 1998. In 2002 he was awarded the Novartis Lectureship Award. His research focuses on asymmetric synthesis and methodologies, using both metal catalysts, particularly copper reagents, and non-metallic catalysts (organocatalysis).
Sometimes he continues his research in the lab as in the good old days:
“When I was a PhD student we worked on 5 moles of starting materials.”
“Now it's only on 1 mole sorry...”