André Merbach was born in Lausanne in 1940. He studied at the Polytechnic School of the University of Lausanne, where he obtained in 1962 his degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1964, the University of Lausanne awarded him a PhD. He spent then a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied the ionization of strong electrolytes by NMR. Upon his return in 1965 to the Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Lausanne, he was asked to create a research and teaching program in Coordination Chemistry. He was appointed Assistant Professor in 1971. In 1973, the Swiss Chemical Society awarded him the Werner Prize and Medal and, the same year, he was nominated Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry. He is presently Professor Emeritus at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL. He was a member of the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research in the division of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering from 1985 until 1996. He represents Switzerland on the European COST Chemistry Technical Committee (35 countries and 1000 research groups in chemistry) and has chaired this Committee from 1998 to 2000. He has organized the XXIXth International Conference in Coordination Chemistry (ICCC) in Lausanne in 1992. He has been awarded an honoris causa doctorate from the Lajos Kossuth University of Debrecen (Hungary) in 1993 for his work on elucidating reaction mechanisms in coordination chemistry utilizing high pressure NMR. He has been called at the presidency of the Swiss Chemical Society (2001-2004). The University of Geneva awarded him an honoris causa doctorate in 2003. His research is centered on inorganic reaction mechanisms and the chemistry of contrast agents in MRI. He is the author or the co-author of 380 research papers.
Biography Updated on 1 April 2012