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Quentin Michaudel


Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

Office: Chem 304

Phone: (979) 458-2079

quentin.michaudel [at]


Ph.D., 2015, The Scripps Research Institute

M.S., 2010, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

B.S., 2008, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon


2018–present, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

2015–2018, Postdoctoral Fellow with Brett P. Fors, Cornell University

2010–2015, Graduate Student with Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute

Honors and Awards

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2024)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Research Impact Award (2024)

  • College of Arts and Sciences Early Career Teaching Award (2023)

  • NSF CAREER Award (2022)

  • ACS PMSE Young Investigator Award (2022)

  • Academic Young Investigator’s Symposium (ACS, Organic Division, 2022)

  • Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Program (2021)

  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2021)

  • NIH MIRA (R35) Award (2020)

  • Selected to participate in the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop (2018)

  • SciFinder Future Leaders Award (2015)

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2014–2015)

Quentin was born and raised in La Rochelle, a historic harbor in the southwest of France. He received his B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2010) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, which included a six-month research internship at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof. Phil S. Baran, where he helped to initiate a fruitful long-term collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. After falling in love with total synthesis and San Diego’s weather, Quentin returned to the Baran laboratory for his Ph.D., where he focused on C–H functionalization methods and their applications to complex molecule synthesis. In 2015, Quentin left California’s palm trees for New York’s pine trees and started a postdoctoral appointment at Cornell University with Prof. Brett P. Fors. There, he developed photocatalytic systems to enable control over polymer architectures through light irradiation. In addition to these photocontrolled polymerizations, he worked on the synthesis of sustainable polymers from biorenewable monomers.


Outside the lab, Quentin likes playing sports including soccer, volleyball, and tennis, as well as rooting for his favorite teams and athletes on TV. Other hobbies include reading, playing chess, cooking, and enjoying a live-show. Quentin is also an avid traveler and loves to try all culinary specialties of the countries he visits, especially the weird ones.

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