Gwilherm Evano is a Professor of Chemistry and the head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He studied chemistry at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and received his PhD from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2002. As a postdoctoral research associate (2002 to 2004) in Prof. James S. Panek’s lab at Boston University, he worked on the synthesis of complex natural products. He then joined the CNRS as associate professor in 2004 and moved to the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2012.
Gwilherm Evano’s research program currently focuses on natural/bioactive product synthesis, copper catalysis, organometallic chemistry and on the chemistry of heteroatom-substituted alkynes and reactive intermediates. Recently, he initiated a new research program focused on the development of new catalysts and processes for photoredox catalysis with well-defined copper complexes.
Prof. Evano is the author of more than 120 publications, 10 book chapters and edited the first book devoted to copper-mediated cross-coupling reactions. He has been awarded several prizes, among them the French Medicinal Society - Servier Laboratories Award for Vocation in Medicinal Chemistry in 2002, the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2007, the Acros Prize of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the French Chemical Society in 2011 and the 2017 Triennial Prize of the Belgian Royal Society of Chemistry.