Yannick Vallée began his career in Caen, as a CNRS researcher, and has been a professor of chemistry in Grenoble since 1993. He is Director of the Chemistry and Biology Department of the Université Grenoble Alpes and conducts his research within the Département de Chimie Moléculaire (DCM). He has worked for a long time on organic synthesis, starting with small unstable, potentially interstellar molecules, before turning his attention to more complex molecules of biological interest. More recently, he has turned to the organic chemistry at the origin of life, questioning in particular the specific role that sulphurous amino acids (methionine, then cysteine) may have played in the primitive ocean.
Articles published on this website:
- Once upon a time when life appeared: chemistry in the earth’s ocean 4 billion years ago, published in Life, Emergence of life - TheThursday 11 May 2017