Philippe Maître – Laboratoire de Chimie Physique


Université Paris Sud,

Faculté des Sciences (Orsay)







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Université Paris Sud
Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, UMR8000 CNRS
Faculté des Sciences, Bâtiment 350
91405 Orsay, Cedex
Phone : +33 (0) 1 69 15 32 50 (office) 32 46 (lab)
email :




Areas of interest, Current Activities

Dr. Philippe Maître is Directeur de Recherche CNRS. He works at the Laboratoire de Chimie Physique at the Faculty of Sciences (Orsay) of the Université Paris Sud. His current research strongly relies on the development of an analytical platform that integrates infrared spectroscopy and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). He has always been interested in deciphering reaction mechanisms, and ion trap based mass spectrometers are particularly well studied for manipulating transient species.  Performing ion spectroscopy provides structural information and thereby offers a new dimension to mass spectrometry. His areas of interest includes organic, organometallic, and (bio-)inorganic chemistry

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IR ion spectroscopy: a new dimension for tandem mass spectrometry (see J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14766-14779)



Biosketch: He was a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Saint Cloud) and attended college at the Université Paris Sud where he studied Physical Chemistry (BSc) and Organic Chemistry (Master). He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Université Paris Sud in 1990 under the mentorship of Dr. Philippe C. Hiberty. The aim of his Ph.D. thesis was to develop a non-orthogonal multi-reference configuration interaction method to give a quantitative evaluation of the Valence Bond correlation diagrams proposed by Prof. S.S. Shaik. His first post-doctoral training was carried out at NASA Ames Research Center (California) in the group of Dr. C.W. Bauschlicher where he studied spectroscopic and thermodynamic properties of low-coordinated organometallic compounds using high level ab initio methods. He then joined the group of Prof. M.T. Bowers at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he contributed to the understanding of the evolution of energetics and structural properties of the binding of transition metal to ligand as a function of coordination.

Current Appointments

Professeur Chargé de cours, Ecole Polytechnique, France
Directeur de Recherche,
CNRS, France

Academic Activities

Fédération de Chimie Physique de Paris Saclay (CPPS), FR3510 CNRS, Director
Doctoral School of Chemistry « Paris Sud », Deputy director
Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP), Academic coordinator
French Chemical Society, Member of the board of the Physical-Chemistry Division

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, 2011
Ministère de la Recherche (France), full fellowship, 1988-1990
Holder of the Agrégation (teaching degree) in Chemistry, France, 1987
Ecole Normale Supérieure (Saint Cloud), Full fellowship, 1984-1988