Quentin Michaudel was born and raised in La Rochelle, a historic harbor in the southwest of France. He received his B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2010) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, which included a six-month research internship at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof. Phil S. Baran, where he helped to initiate a fruitful long-term collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. After falling in love with total synthesis and San Diego's weather, Quentin returned to the Baran laboratory for his Ph.D., where he focused on C–H functionalization methods and their applications to complex molecule synthesis.
In 2015, Quentin left California's palm trees for New York's pine trees and started a postdoctoral appointment at Cornell University with Prof. Brett P. Fors. There, he developed photocatalytic systems to enable control over polymer architectures through light irradiation. In addition to these photocontrolled polymerizations, he worked on the synthesis of sustainable polymers from biorenewable monomers.
In the summer of 2018, Quentin will join the faculty of Texas A&M as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry. His group will design new approaches to complex conjugated polymers with an emphasis on controlling the monomer sequence and 3D architecture, as well as new methods for the modification of small molecules. These new materials will be constructed with an eye toward applications in the fields of energy, medicine, and sustainability.
To learn more about Michaudel and his research, visit www.chem.tamu.edu/faculty/quentin-michaudel