elcome to my Home Nest! You will find here some information about my job and my pastimes, as well as links to the Internet resources that I find of particular interest.
A brief introduction ...
I graduated in Chemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium in 1987 and I got my Ph.D. in 1990, also from the University of Liège. For both my M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects, I have been working in the Laboratory of Fine Interfacial Chemistry with Professor Pierre Laszlo. Thus, my main research interests were focused on heterogeneous catalysis of organic reactions by microporous solids such as clays and zeolites. In 1991, I went to Canada for a five-month post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa. I worked there on the homogeneous catalysis of carbon monoxide insertion reactions by palladium complexes under the supervision of Professor Howard Alper. In 1993-1994, I joined Professor Ronald Breslow's group at Columbia University and spent one year in New York city. My research in the Big Apple concerned the biomimetic catalysis of amino acid reactions by chiral vitamin B6 coenzyme analogs. In 1994-1995, I came back to the University of Liège for a while, but then again I moved overseas to work as a research assistant for Professor Keith Smith at the University of Wales, Swansea for one year. Since 1996, I have definitely reintegrated the University
of Liège and I am presenly appointed as a lecturer in organic
chemistry within the Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Organic Catalysis.
Check out my resume
for additional details.
Besides doing research in chemistry, I spend a lot of time working with computers, especially Apple Macintoshes. My other usual pastimes include going to the movies, playing squash, or practicing any sport involving water, either solid or liquid (swimming, sailing, skiing, skating, diving, ...). I also enjoy traveling a lot. I spend most of my holidays abroad, discovering new cities around Europe by train or sailing on the seven seas.
Follow the guide, err the link ...
If you belong to the research community, go directly to the Chemistry Building for a fix of useful scientific links and indexes. Other visitors can skip this part and relax in the Fun and Leisure Page or learn more about Belgium and the countries that I have visited in the Travel Section. There is also a small cyberhub with some recent unsorted bookmarks to sites I have visited. For more details about the comics characters embellishing this Nest, read the About page. Finally, don't forget to end your visit in the Mail Room to leave me your impressions and comments.
If you want to know more about me ...
You can download an old ID snapshot (black and white jpeg, 14k) or a better and more recent picture of me (color jpeg, 53k) and browse my curriculum vitae. It includes a list of publications fully abstracted.
For more information, listen to this recorded audio message or download my whole body picture (color jpeg, 59k) but hey! don't you think it's like being in a peep-show, sneaking in my private life? (just kidding :-))
If your curiosity is still not satisfied, mail me your questions and I will get back to you promptly. I would also appreciate reading your comments or any feed-back regarding this Nest, so don't hesitate to drop me a line by filling the enclosed E-mail form.
Enjoy your cybertrip!
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Last updated November 29, 2004