Philippe Sautet, chemist, Laboratoire de chimie



Philippe Sautet is a theoretical chemist, an engineer at École Polytechnique. He worked on his thesis at Université de Paris, Orsay, from 1985 to 1988 under the guidance of Odile Eisenstein. He was a researcher at the CNRS in the Catalysis Research Institute from 1988 to 1995, then Visiting Scientist in California at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory from 1991 to 1992. He left the United States, to come back to France where he was a lecturer and professor at École Polytechnique from 1993 to 2005. At the same time, he was Research Director at the CNRS, at the Catalysis Research Institute. He was head of the Chemistry laboratory of École normale supérieure de Lyon between 2003 and 2010. He has also been director at the Institute of Chemistry of Lyon since 2007.

Philippe Sautet focused his work on the theoretical aspects of heterogeneous catalysis. This science provides solutions to current societal problems in terms of clean chemical processes, environmental protection and energy transformation, for example, for the use of biomass. He is also currently working in the development of nanoscience.

Awards and honours

Knight in the French National Order of Merit in 2012

Pierre Süe Grand Prize of Société Chimique de France in 2012

Member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2010

Paul Pascal Prize from the French Academy of Sciences in 2008

Silver medal from the CNRS in 2007

Descartes-Huygens Prize of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Holland in 1998

Awarded by the Catalysis Division of Société chimique de France in 1993

Bronze medal of the CNRS in 1991

Raymond Berr Prize from École Polytechnique in 1985


Book coverComputational Methods in Catalysis and Materials Science: An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers
John Wiley & Sons, 2015
Rutger A. van Santen & Philippe Sautet

This practical guide describes the basic computational methodologies for catalysis and materials science at an introductory level, presenting the methods with relevant applications, such as spectroscopic properties, chemical reactivity and transport properties of catalytically interesting materials. Edited and authored by internationally recognized scientists, the text provides examples that may be considered and followed as state-of-the art.

472 pages
ISBN: 978-3-527-80266-1