RaphaŽl Robiette





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Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences

The Robiette Research Group

Research in Organic and Physical Organic Chemistry

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RaphaŽl Robiette

F.R.S.-FNRS Research Fellow
Head of the Molecular Chemistry, Materials and Catalysis Division (MOST)

Universitť catholique de Louvain
Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences
Place Louis Pasteur 1 Box L4.01.02
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Room A257
Tel(office): +32(0)10-47.91.76
Tel(secretary): +32(0)10-47.27.40
Fax(secretary): +32(0)10-47.41.68

- I was born (in 1976) and grew up in Brussels (Belgium).

- I studied chemistry at the Universitť catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), in Belgium, where I obtained my Ph.D. in 2003, under the supervision of Profs J. Marchand-Brynaert and D. Peeters. My project research was dealing with the development of a general and stereoselective methodology for the synthesis of aminophosphonic derivatives which are important compounds in medicinal chemistry. This project involved both experimental and computational works.

- I then moved to the US as postdoctoral fellow with Prof. M.E. Jung. at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with a research fellowship from Fulbright (2003-2004). I worked there on the total synthesis of N-methylwetwitindolinone C isothiocyanate.

- After one year under the sun of California, I came back to Europe and spent almost two years in the english rain. I did my second postdoc in the School of Chemistry of the University of Bristol with Profs Varinder K. Aggarwal and Jeremy N. Harvey (now at KULeuven). I investigated there the reactivity and selectivity in reactions involving onium ylides (N, S, P) using computational means.

- Since October 2005, I have worked at the Universitť catholique de Louvain as a Research Fellow of the F.R.S.-FNRS. Since October 2009, I am also a Professor at UCLouvain. In 2017, I was elected Head of the Molecular Chemistry, Materials and Catalysis (MOST) Division.

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