Thomas-Xavier Métro

Research Associate CNRS, HDR

Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron (IBMM)
Equipe Chimie Verte et Technologies Innovantes 
Université de Montpellier, cc1703
Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier Cedex 05, France

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After having spent one year in USA at Atofina Chemicals working on organic peroxides safety process research, Thomas-Xavier Métro graduated with a Master’s degree in general chemistry from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale and a Master’s degree in medicinal biochemistry from the Université de Pharmacie de Montpellier both in 2004. He achieved his PhD in organic chemistry in 2008 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) under the supervision of Dr Domingo Gomez Pardo and Professor Janine Cossy. His research work was dedicated to the rearrangement of amino alcohols and its application to the synthesis of (S,S)-Reboxetine and SSR241586. After a first post-doc in process R&D at Sanofi Chimie in Sisteron and second post-doc in medicinal chemistry at Sanofi-Aventis R&D in Montpellier, he joined the CNRS in 2011 as a Chargé de Recherche in the Green Chemistry and Enabling Technologies Team. Since then his research activity is based on the development of solvent-free methodologies, aiming to provide the organic chemist a set of solutions to reduce the environmental impact of his chemical enterprise. More specifically, he developed the wonderful advantages of ball-milling applied to the synthesis of amides (Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 12787-96, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201501325), peptides (Beilstein J. Org. Chem., 2017, 2087-93, DOI: 10.3762/bjoc.13.206), organometallic complexes (Chem. Sci., 2017, 1086-9, DOI: 10.1039/c6sc03182j) and of isotopically-enriched oxygen-containing molecules and materials (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017, 6803-7, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201702251).