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Jean-Michel Savéant

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Jean-Michel Savéant
Born(1933-09-19)19 September 1933
Died16 August 2020(2020-08-16) (aged 86)
AwardsCNRS Silver Medal (1976)
Member of the French Academy of Sciences (2000)
Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (2001)
Scientific career
InstitutionsParis Diderot University
École Normale Supérieure
University of Padua
California Institute of Technology
Cornell University

Jean-Michel Savéant (19 September 1933 – 16 August 2020) was a French chemist who specialized in electrochemistry. He was elected member of the French Academy of Sciences in 2000 and foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 2001. He published in excess of 400 peer-reviewed articles in chemistry literature.



Born in Rennes, Jean-Michel Savéant graduated in 1958 and obtained his PhD in 1966 at the École normale supérieure. In 1971 he moved to Paris Diderot University where he founded the Laboratoire d'Électrochimie Moléculaire. He was an emeritus professor of electrochemistry in this university as well as an emeritus CNRS Research Director. He was the author of over 500 publications.[1]

Major contributions


Jean-Michel Savéant’s scientific activity is outlined by the foundation and development of a new discipline - molecular electrochemistry. Molecular electrochemistry has transferred the knowledge acquired by electrochemistry towards various fields of chemistry and biochemistry, in particular towards the chemistry of electron and proton transfer, free radical chemistry, chemical reactivity theory, coordination chemistry, photochemistry, solid physico-chemistry, enzymology and catalytic activation of small molecules, especially those involved in solving contemporary energy challenges.




  • Savéant, Jean-Michel (1966), Sur le mécanisme de la réduction électrochimique des aldéhydes et des cétones alpha-substitués, p. 272
  • Savéant, Jean-Michel (1966), 2ème thèse : Etude de la polarisation chimique en chronoampérométrie à variation linéaire de potentiel, p. 268
  • Savéant, Jean-Michel (2006), Elements of Molecular and Biomolecular Electrochemistry: An Electrochemical Approach to Electron Transfer Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, p. 455, doi:10.1002/0471758078, ISBN 978-0-471-44573-9
  • Savéant, Jean-Michel; Costentin, Cyrille (2019), Elements of Molecular and Biomolecular Electrochemistry: An Electrochemical Approach to Electron Transfer Chemistry (2 ed.), John Wiley & Sons, p. 616, doi:10.1002/9781119292364, ISBN 9781119292333, S2CID 242109414


  1. ^ Costentin, Cyrille; Limoges, Benoît; Robert, Marc; Tard, Cédric (2021-02-26). "A Pioneering Career in Electrochemistry: Jean-Michel Savéant" (PDF). ACS Catalysis. 11 (6): 3224–3238. doi:10.1021/acscatal.0c05632. ISSN 2155-5435. S2CID 233960570.
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  3. ^ Olin Palladium award recipients
  4. ^ "Manuel M. Baizer award recipients". Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  5. ^ "Bruno Breyer medal recipicents". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  6. ^ George Fisher Baker non-resident lecturers
  7. ^ "Académie des Sciences member". Archived from the original on 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  8. ^ Air Liquide announces the winners of the “Essential Molecules Challenge”