Joseph has been awarded the 2017 Prix Guy Ourisson by the Cercle Gutenberg. The prize is awarded each year to one or two top researchers under 40 in Alsace in any field. Yay!
The fourth incoming class of PhD students joins the group. Paul Chatelain (MRT fellowship) returned this October to continue his MSc work on protometabolism. Florent Noel (Région Alsace fellowship) and Shaofei Zhang (CSC fellowship) arrived in November to initiate a new project on directed Brønsted acid catalysis. A warm welcome to all three!
Congrats to Shaofei for receiving a CSC PhD fellowship from the Chinese government!
Congrats to Florent for receiving a PhD fellowship from the Région Grand-Est!
Our paper on the chemical origins of life is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. We show that more than half of the reverse Krebs cycle can occur without enzymes. Congrats to Kamila, Sreejith, Elodie, Lucas and Guang for an amazing team effort! A free link to the paper is here. The journal’s paywall version is here. Also check out our Behind the Paper blog post on the journal’s web site here.
Congrats to M2 student Paul Chatelain, who has won a PhD fellowship from the French Ministry of Education. Paul will stay in our group for his PhD studies, which officially begin in October 2017.
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa, all co-recipients of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, gave back-to-back-to-back talks in Strasbourg. Joseph had the pleasure of introducing Jean-Pierre! You can watch the event online.