On the 20th of April Samir Z. Zard, from CNRS and Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, will give a talk in Chemforum.

Samir Z. Zard currently holds the positions of “Director of Research” (Exceptional Class) in the C. N. R. S. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and part-time Professor at Ecole Polytechnique.
Professor Zard was born in 1955 in Ife, Nigeria. His training as a chemist started at the American University of Beirut (interrupted by the civil war in 1975), then at Imperial College, London, and finally at the l’Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles à Gif-sur-Yvette, France, where he received his doctorate under the supervision of Professor Sir Derek Barton in 1983.
His main research concerns the study and development of new reactions and processes. He is the author of 350 scientific publications, 38 filed patents, and two books. In addition to a number of academic awards, he received in 2007 the Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.