Polymer Chemistry Emerging Investigator- Quentin Michaudel

Quentin Michaudel grew up in La Rochelle, France. He received his B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2010) from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. He earned his Ph.D. (2015) with Professor Phil S. Baran at The Scripps Research Institute, where he explored C–H functionalization methods and their applications to the synthesis of complex molecules. Quentin then accepted a postdoctoral position at Cornell University, where he developed photocontrolled polymerizations with Professor Brett P. Fors. In 2018, Quentin started his independent career as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. His research group focuses on the development of synthetic methods and new organic materials. Quentin is the recipient of the 2022 ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award; the 2022 ACS Organic Division Academic Young Investigator’s Symposium; and the 2021 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.

You can follow Quentin and his lab on Twitter @q_michaudel and @MichaudelLab

Read Quentin’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘Expedient synthesis and ring-opening metathesis polymerization of pyridinonorbornenes’


Check out our interview with Quentin below:


1. How do you feel about Polymer Chemistry as a place to publish research on this topic?

Polymer Chemistry is a great venue for synthetic studies focused on new polymeric architectures, as well as for reports of polymerizations relying on catalytic processes. It is a great place for the polymer community to share impactful results.


2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am very excited about my group’s ability to precisely synthesize polymers with high structural complexity and tailored properties. Our research requires the often-difficult characterization of novel polymers, as well as the investigation of intricate reaction mechanisms, but that challenge is exciting and motivates us to push the boundaries of the field.



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