Sébastien Laulhé joined IUPUI in 2016 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Research in the Laulhé group centers on strategies to induce selectivity in radical-based bond-forming reactions. Those efforts focus on the controlled generation of radicals via photoredox catalysis, organic electrochemistry, and metal-catalyzed technologies.
In particular, the group aims at the development of reactions and technologies that enable the formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-nitrogen bonds under mild conditions, rendering the reactions environmentally friendly. The group also focuses on the development of biomedical devices for the diagnosis of diseases and analytical technologies applied to forensic applications.
Laulhé grew up in Venezuela, Mexico and France. While pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the National Engineering Graduate School of Chemistry in Montpellier, France, in 2008, he started a Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville. His work expanded the role of the oximation reaction by developing new aminooxy containing reagents for applications in synthesis and quantitative high-throughput GC-MS analysis.
After graduating in 2013, Laulhé became a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, where he developed new Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling methodologies for the selective functionalization of ortho-halopyridines.
Areas of Expertise
Chemistry, organic chemistry, metal-catalyzed reactions, photochemistry, synthesis, chemical engineering, environmentally friendly processes, metabolomics, biomedical devices.