Noureddine Khiar was born in 1960 in Khouribga, a small town located at 120 km south of Casablanca, Morocco, and in 1980 he moved to Strasbourg, France. He was educated mainly at the Université Louis Pasteur (now University of Strasbourg), where he received his B.S. (1983) and his M.S. (1985) degrees in biochemistry and his Ph.D. (1988) degree in organic chemistry, the later at the Ecole Européenne des Hautes Etudes des Industries Chimiques de Starsbourg (EHICS) under the guidance of Professor Arlette Solladié-Cavallo, working on asymmetric synthesis of hydroxy amino acids. In 1990, he carried out postdoctoral work at Kansas State University with Professor Duy H. Hua working on asymmetric synthesis of glycosidase inhibitors and on the total synthesis of natural products. In 1991, he moved to the University of Seville (Departamento de Química Orgánica y Farmaceú tica), where he started working on the asymmetric synthesis of chiral sulfoxides (1991-1992) with Professor Felipe Alcudia. Without leaving totally the area of sulfoxide chemistry, he moved to Madrid to work on oligosaccharide synthesis (1993–1996) at the Instituto de Química Orgánica General (CSIC) with Professor Manuel Martín-Lomas. In 1997, he came back to Seville, to the newly created Instituto de Investigaciounes Químicas, belonging to the Spanish Research Council, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), where he is actually Invetigador Cientí fico. His main research interests are the design and development of new stereoselective reaction methods, asymmetric catalysis, carbohydrate chemistry, and recently bionanotechnology.
Biography Updated on 26 January 2011