Dr. Hab. Rodolphe Clérac

Directeur de Recherche 1ère Classe (Senior CNRS Researcher)
Head of the research laboratory for “Molecular Materials & Magnetism”
Member of the European Academy of Sciences (Brussels, Belgium; www.eurasc.org)
Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE, London, UK; www.ae-info.org)
CNRS Silver Medal 2021

Place and date of Birth:
Versailles (Yvelines, France)
July 18th, 1971
Institutional address:
Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP)
Université de Bordeaux – CNRS UMR 5031
M3 research team
115, avenue du Dr. Albert Schweitzer
33600 Pessac, France
Phone:   +33 5 56 84 56 50
                +33 6 03 51 74 16   
Fax:         +33 5 56 84 56 00
Email: clerac@crpp-bordeaux.cnrs.fr
orcid.org/0000-0001-5429-7418
@CleracR

Photo © Philippe Labeguerie

Rodolphe Clérac received his education in Physical-Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux, France. His Ph.D. work was devoted to the physical properties of molecular antiferromagnetic materials under the supervision of Prof. C. Coulon (defended in 1997). After a short post-doctoral stay in the group of Prof. O. Kahn (ICMCB, Bordeaux), he joined Prof. K. R. Dunbar’s group in 1998 at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan, USA) and worked on the magnetic properties of coordination chemistry based materials. In 1999, he moved with Prof. K. R. Dunbar’s group to Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA) where he collaborated with Prof. F.A. Cotton on the magnetic properties of metal-metal bonded complexes. He joined the University of Bordeaux in 2000, as associate professor, then in 2008 became full CNRS researcher, got his Habilitation in 2011 and was promoted CNRS Research Director DR2 in 2013 and DR1 in 2018. He received the CNRS Silver Medal in 2021, was elected at the Academia Europaea in 2020, at the European Academy of Sciences in 2019, became in 2014 a distinguished junior fellow of the French Chemical Society and received various awards including in 2017 the France-Berkeley Fund Award, in 2014 the National Chinese Award of the “1000 Talents Program” and in 2009 the Young Researcher award of the Physical Chemistry Division of the French Chemical Society. Since 2001, Dr. Clérac has developed at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS) a research team on “molecular materials & magnetism” interested in the synthesis and physical studies of molecular materials including (i) macroconjugated polyaromatic molecules, (ii) molecule-based magnets, single-molecule magnets and single-chain magnets (and their derivatives) with high blocking temperatures or photo-switching properties, (iii) spin-crossover and paramagnetic metal-metal bonded complexes, and (iv) magnetic and/or electro-active solutions and liquid-crystals. During his career, Dr. R. Clérac has trained 32 postdocs, 26 PhD students, 24 Master students, 49 visiting PhD students (for short training period) and 24 undergraduate students. Importantly Dr. R. Clérac has also developed a scientific network of active collaborations across the globe with currently 79 research teams in 27 different countries.

Academic education and professional positions

Since 2018Senior CNRS Researcher (DR1) at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS UMR 5031)
2013-2018Senior CNRS Researcher (DR2) at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS UPR 8641)
2011Research Habilitation (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, HDR) from the Université Bordeaux 1
2008-2013CNRS Researcher at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS UPR 8641)
Since 01/2001Head of the “Molecular Magnetic Materials” (2001-2013) and “Molecular Materials & Magnetism” (since 2013) teams at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CNRS, UPR 8641)
09/2000 – 09/2008Associate Professor at IUT Bordeaux I and Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP UPR 8641)
09/1999 – 08/2000Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Texas A&M (College Station, USA) in the group of Prof. K. R. Dunbar and in collaboration with the late Prof. F. A. Cotton
04/1998 – 09/1999Post-doctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University (East Lansing USA) in the group of Prof. K. R. Dunbar
09/1997 – 04/1998Assistant Professor at the Université Bordeaux I: “New cyano-based magnets” under the supervision of Prof. O. Kahn (ICMCB, Pessac)
09/1995 – 08/1997Teaching Assistant at the Université Bordeaux I
10/1994 – 08/1997PhD Thesis in Physical-Chemistry at the Université Bordeaux I: “Physical properties of antiferromagnetic molecular materials” under the supervision of Prof. C. Coulon (CRPP, Pessac)
10/1992 – 07/1994Master degree in Physical-Chemistry at the Université Bordeaux I
09/1989 – 06/1992Bachelor degree in Chemistry at the Université Bordeaux I

Awards & Honors

2021CNRS Silver Medal
2020Elected Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE, London, UK; www.ae-info.org)
2019Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (Brussels, Belgium; www.eurasc.org)
Since 2003French national award of scientific excellence (PES or PEDR)
2014 – 2019Junior Distinguished Member of the Société Chimique de France
August 2019 & July 2016Visiting Professor of the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (Nanjing, China).
2017France-Berkeley Fund Award in recognition of scholarly excellence and commitment to advancing research relationships between France and the United States
December 2018 & November 2017Dumont d’Urville Visiting Professor of the Auckland University of Technology (Auckland, New-Zealand)
July-August 2017Visiting Researcher of the University of Ottawa (Office of the Vice-President, Research; Ottawa, Canada).
2014National Chinese Award of the “1000 Talents Program” with Central China Normal University (Wuhan, China)
October & March 2012Erasmus Mundus Visiting Professor of the Moldova State University, (Chisinau, Moldavie)
October 2011 & October 2010Dumont d’Urville Visiting Professor of the University of Otago, (Nouvelle-Zélande)
April 2009Visiting Professor of the University of Costa Rica, (San José, Costa Rica)
2009“Young researcher” award of the “Division de Chimie-Physique (DCP)”, a joint division of the Société Chimique de France (SCF) and the Société Française de Physique (SFP)
June 2008Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Northeast Normal Univ., (Changchun, Chine)

Publications & lectures

Author or co-author of 510 publications published in peer-reviewed journals (h factor: 80, 23056 citations with an average of 45.21 citations per article; 27/03/2021) and 41 conference proceedings. About 70% of his publications have been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals having an IF’19 superior at 4. He presented 165 lectures including 72 invited lectures in conferences, 61 invited seminars in laboratories and 18 invited teaching lectures.

Most important publications

[678]. P. Perlepe, I. Oyarzabal, A. Mailman, M. Yquel, M. Platunov, I. Dovgaliuk, M. Rouzières, P. Négrier, D. Mondieig, E. A. Suturina, M.A. Dourges, S. Bonhommeau, R. A. Musgrave, K. S. Pedersen, D. Chernyshov, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, C. Mathonière, R. Clérac, “Metal-organic magnets with large coercivity and ordering temperatures up to 242°C”, Science, Vol. 370, Issue 6516, pp. 587-592, (2020) – 10.1126/science.abb3861Abstract – Reprint Full text

[664]. J.L. Liu, K.S. Pedersen, S.M. Greer, I. Oyarzabal, A. Mondal, S. Hill, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, A. Tressaud, E. Durand, J.R. Long and R. Clérac, “Access to Heteroleptic Fluorido-Cyanido Complexes with a Large Magnetic Anisotropy by Fluoride Abstraction”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59, 10306 -10310, (2020) – 10.1002/ange.201914934

[647]. X. Ma, E. A. Suturina, M. Rouzières, M. Platunov, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, R. Clérac, P. Dechambenoit, “Using Redox-Active π Bridging Ligand as a Control Switch of Intramolecular Magnetic Interactions”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 141, 7721-7725 (2019) – 10.1021/jacs.9b03044

[633]. K. S. Pedersen, P. Perlepe, M. L. Aubrey, D. N. Woodruff, S.E. Reyes-Lillo, A. Reinholdt, L. Voigt, Z. Li, K. Borup, M. Rouzières, D. Samohvalov, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, J. B. Neaton, J. R. Long, R. Clérac, “Formation of the layered conductive magnet CrCl2(pyrazine)2 through redox-active coordination chemistry”, Nature Chemistry, 10, 1056-1061 (2018) – 0.1038/s41557-018-0107-7

[628]. X. Ma, E. A. Suturina, S. De, P. Négrier, M. Rouzières, R. Clérac, P. Dechambenoit, “A Redox-Active Bridging Ligand to Promote Spin Delocalization,
High-Spin Complexes, and Magnetic Multi-Switchability”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 7841-7845 (2018) – 10.1002/anie.201803842

[612]. D. Rosario-Amorin, P. Dechambenoit, A. Bentaleb, M. Rouzières, C. Mathonière, R. Clérac, “Multistability at Room Temperature in a Bent-Shaped Spin-Crossover Complex Decorated with Long Alkyl Chains”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140, 98−101 (2018) – 10.1021/jacs.7b11042

[573]. K. S. Pedersen, J. Bendix, A. Tressaud, E. Durand, H. Weihe, Z. Salman, T. J. Morsing, D. N. Woodruff, Y. Lan, W. Wernsdorfer, C. Mathonière, S. Piligkos, S. I. Klokishner, S. Ostrovsky, K. Ollefs, F. Wilhelm, A. Rogalev, R. Clérac, “Iridates from the molecular side”, Nature Communications 7, 12195 (2016) – 10.1038/ncomms12195

[521]. E.S. Koumousi, I-R. Jeon, Q. Gao, P. Dechambenoit, D.N. Woodruff, P. Merzeau, L. Buisson, X. Jia, D. Li, F. Volatron, C. Mathonière, R. Clérac, “Metal-to-Metal Electron Transfer in Co/Fe Prussian Blue Molecular Analogues: The Ultimate Miniaturization”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, 15461-15464 (2014) – 10.1021/ja508094h

[386]. Y. Zhang, D. Li, R. Clérac, M. Kalisz, C. Mathonière and S.M. Holmes “Reversible Thermally and Photoinduced Electron Transfer in a Cyano-Bridged {Fe2Co2} Square Complex”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 3752-3756, (2010) – 10.1002/anie.201000765

[345]. C. Coulon, R. Clérac, W. Wernsdorfer, T. Colin, H. Miyasaka, “Realization of a Magnet Using an Antiferromagnetic Phase of Single-Chain Magnets”, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2009), 102, 167204(1-4) / 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.167204

[284]. D. Li, R. Clérac, O. Roubeau, E. Harté, C. Mathonière, R. Le Bris, S.M. Holmes, “Magnetic and Optical Bistability Driven by Thermally and Photoinduced Intramolecular Electron Transfer in a Molecular Cobalt-Iron Prussian Blue Analogue”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2008), 130, 1, 252-258 / 10.1021/ja0757632

[253]. L. Lecren, W. Wernsdorfer, Y-G. Li, A. Vindigni, H. Miyasaka, R. Clérac, “One-Dimensional Supramolecular Organization of Single-Molecule Magnets”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2007), 129, 16, 5045-5051 / 10.1021/ja067744i

[199]. M. Ferbinteanu, H. Miyasaka, W. Wernsdorfer, K. Nakata, K-I. Sugiura, M. Yamashita, C. Coulon, R. Clérac, “Single-Chain Magnet (NEt4)[Mn2(5-MeOsalen)2Fe(CN)6] Made of MnIII-FeIII-MnIII Trinuclear Single-Molecule Magnet with an ST = 9/2 Spin Ground State”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2005), 127, 3090-3099 / 10.1021/ja0468123

[171]. O. Roubeau, A. Colin, V. Schmitt, R. Clérac, “Thermoreversible Gels as Magneto-Optical Switches”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2004), 43, 3283-3286 / 10.1002/anie.200454050

[134]. R. Clérac, H. Miyasaka, M. Yamashita, C. Coulon, “Evidence for Single-Chain Magnet behavior in a MnIII-NiII chain designed with high spin magnetic units: a route to high temperature magnets”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2002), 124, 12837-12844 / 10.1021/ja0203115

Directly supervised PhD work (21)

Since December 2020Abhijit Adak, “Advanced 2D materials by metal-organic framework engineering”
Since September 2019Dandan Lou, “Synthesis, study and functionalization of redox-active molecule-based 2D materials”
2017 – 2020Morgane Yquel, “Pyrazine based coordination polymers: Toward high temperature magnetically ordered materials.” co-supervised with Prof. C. Mathonière
2016 – 2019Hongyuan Chuai, “Synthesis of TiO2 Nanotube-Supported Rh-M Catalysts and Catalytic Performance of Hydroformylation” co-supervised with Prof. Weiping Huang (Nankai University, China)
2016 – 2019Panagiota S. Perlepe, “Magnetic and Electrically Conductive Two-Dimensional Coordination Networks Based on the Redox-Active Pyrazine Ligand” co-supervised with Prof. C. Mathonière
2015 – 2019 Xiaozhou Ma, “Synthesis and study of redox-active nanomagnets” co-supervised with Dr. P. Dechambenoit
2013 – 2017 Elena Darbinean, “Rational functionalization of molecular materials: towards magnetic liquids and liquid crystals”
2013 – 2017 Dumitru Samohvalov, “Synthesis and characterization of new molecular magnets” co-supervised with Dr. P. Dechambenoit
2012 – 2015 Evangelia Koumousi, “Photomagnetic molecular materials” co-supervised with Prof. C. Mathonière (ICMCB, Pessac France)
2011 – 2015 Mihail Secu, “Molecular Magnetic materials based on thiosemicarbazone ligands” co-supervised with Prof. M. Revenco (Moldova State University, Chisinau, Moldavie)
2011 – 2013 Kasper Steen Pedersen, “New single-molecule and single-chain magnets” co-supervised with Prof. J. Bendix (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
2010 – 2014 Dmitri Mitcov, “Rational functionalization of molecular magnetic materials: toward liquid crystalline phases, improved solubility and modulation of the physical properties”
2009 – 2012 Ie-Rang Jeon, “Organization of Single-Molecule Magnets by coordination chemistry: toward a new generation of magnetic and photomagnetic molecular materials” co-supervised with Prof. C. Mathonière (ICMCB, Pessac France)
2009 – 2012 Indrani Bhowmick, “Synthesis and characterization of molecular magnetic materials based on 3d and 4d/5d metal ions bridged by cyanido ligands”
2008 – 2012 Oleg Palamarciuc, “Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of mono- and poly-nuclear coordination complexes” co-supervised with Prof. M. Revenco (Chisinau, Moldavie)
2008 – 2011 Diana Siretanu, “Functionalization of magnetic molecular materials: toward solubles systems and liquid-crystals”
2007 – 2011Rodica Ababei, “Synthesis and characterization of new magnetic and photomagnetic molecular materials” co-supervised with Prof. C. Mathonière
2007 – 2010 Juergen Feuersenger, “Synthesis and characterisation of 3d-4f-complexes and their magnetic properties” co-supervised with Prof. A. K. Powell
2004 – 2007 Pauline Grondin, “Physico-chemical studies of magnetic liquid-crystals and gels” co-supervised with Prof. A. Colin
2002 – 2006 Lollita Lecren, “Organization of Single-Molecule Magnets in coordination and inorganic networks: syntheses, structures and properties”
2002 – 2005 Xavier F. Le Goff, “Preparation and studies of the physico-chemical properties of new magnetic materials” co-supervised with Prof. C. Coulon