ASYMMETRIC DIFUNCTIONALIZATION OF ENAMIDES VIA HYDROGEN BOND CATALYSIS
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Dr Géraldine Masson received her PhD in 2003 from the Joseph Fourier University, (France). She then moved to the University of Amsterdam (Holland) as a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Jan van Maarseveen and Prof. Henk Hiemstra. At the end of 2005, she was appointed “Chargé de Recherche” by the CNRS in the research group of Prof. Jieping Zhu at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN), before initiating her independent career in 2011. She was promoted to Research Director of CNRS in 2014 in the same institute. Her contributions to the field of Organic Chemistry have been recognized with numerous awards including the Diverchim Prize in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from French Organic Chemistry Division (2011), CNRS Bronze Medal (2013), Liebig Lectureship of the German Chemical Society (2016), Novacap Prize of the French Académie des Sciences Award (2017) and J.-M. Lehn prize from the Organic Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society (2019). Her group’s research activities are directed toward the development of the design and development of new catalytic methods for the synthesis of optically active molecules displaying biologically activities. The two specific research areas focus on: (1) asymmetric organocatalysis and (2) photoredox-catalysis.

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