Christian Amatore - 2002 Reilley Award

Christian Amatore studied at Ecole Normale Superieure and obtained his Doctorat d'Etat es Sciences (equivalent to a Ph.D and Habilitation) in 1979 under the guidance of Jean-Michel Saveant. Subsequently he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he worked with Jay K. Kochi. In 1984 he was appointed "Directeur de Recherche" (equivalent to Full Professor) by CNRS and created his own research group at Ecole Normale Superieure.  He is now Director of the Department of Chemistry of the Ecole Normale Superieure, a position formerly held by Pasteur. He was elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 1996 and has been the recipient of several scientific prizes including the Silver Award of CNRS. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of several international scientific journals and is currently editor of J. Electroanal. Chem. He is an outstanding lecturer and has given seminars at over 200 universities and industrial locations. 
     Christian has contributed to a number of different areas of electroanalytical chemistry.  His research is described in over 200 scientific papers.  Two features that are common throughout his research are his innovative way of approaching problems and his attention to detail.  He  has made particularly important contributions in the theoretical aspects of electrochemistry, both concerning dynamic chemical processes at electrodes and the electrical and mass transport consequences of electrochemistry under extreme conditions.  He was an early pioneer in the development of ultramicroelectrodes.  He is an expert electron transfer activation in organic synthetic methods.  He has made important experimental contributions in bioanalytical chemistry and organometallic catalytic systems.