Thibault Cantat is an expert in homogenous catalysis and organometallic chemistry with a focus on sustainable chemistry, computational chemistry and recycling of carbon dioxide.
He leads a research team at the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA) in Saclay, since 2009. He studied chemistry at the École Normale Superieure in Paris and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2007, under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Mézailles and Prof. Pascal Le Floch, at the Ecole Polytechnique, France. Using synergy between theory and experiment, Cantat’s work focused on establishing new routes to carbene complexes for transition metals and lanthanides, using stable geminal dianions and carbenoides. From 2007, he became interested in the unique chemical behaviors of the early actinides and he held a joint Director’s Postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA) in the groups of Dr. Jaqueline Kiplinger and Dr. P. Jeffrey Hay.
In June 2013, he was awarded the Grand Prix Scientifique of the Louis D. Foundation by the Institut de France and he received an ERC Starting Grant the same year. Thibault is the author and co-author of 55 research papers and holds 10 international patents.