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Sylvestre Bonnet

In 2005 Sylvestre Bonnet obtained a PhD on light-activated molecular machines with Nobel Laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage at the University of Strasbourg, France. He then moved to The Netherlands as a postdoctoral fellow, first in the group of Gerard van Koten (Utrecht University), then with Jan Reedijk (Leiden University). After obtaining a Veni grant from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2008 he completed a Tenure Track position at Leiden University (2009-2014) and obtained a Tenure as Associated Professor in 2015. He obtained several grants including a NWO-Vidi grant in 2012 and an ERC Starting Grant in 2013; he is also Board Member of the Young Academy of Europe. His expertise lies at the crossing point between bioinorganic chemistry, photochemistry, and liposomes. His current research interests are light-activated anticancer metallodrugs, photocatalysis, and upconversion strategies.