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Mihail Barboiu received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Montpellier before spending 2 years as post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Jean-Marie LEHN at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. He is CNRS Research Leader at the Institut Europeen des Membranes in Montpellier and Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. A major focus of his research is Dynamic Constitutional Chemistry toward Dynamic Interactive Systems: adaptive biomimetic membranes, delivery devices etc. Author of more than 300 scientific publications, 3 books and 25 chapters and 420 invited conferences and lectures, Dr Barboiu has received in 2004 the EURYI Award in Chemistry and in 2015 the RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award for the development of artificial water channels.


Peer review publications – 345 (Papers 282, Proceedings 30; Books and Chapters 25, Patents 6)

Lectures/communications - 468 (Invited Lectures 185, Invited Seminars 84, Comms 132, Posters 67)


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Professional Experience:

Université POLITEHNICA de Bucarest, Romania, B.E. (Hons) 1993

Université Montpellier II, France, M.S. ; Ph.D. 1995-1998

Université Montpellier II, France, Hab. Ph.D. 2004



2013-present: Adjunct Professor at the School of Chem. & Chem. Eng. at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

2001-present: Senior CNRS Scientist: Institut Européen des Membranes de Montpellier, France.

2007-2012: Associate Professor University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.

1999-2001: Assistant Professor, Collège de France, ISIS-ULP, Strasbourg (Prof. J-M LEHN)

1993-1998: Assistant Professor: University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. (Prof. Constantin LUCA)

1993-1998 Head of Supramolecular Chemistry Department Research Centre for Macromolecular Materials and Membranes of Bucharest, Romania.


Honors and Awards

1. Invited professor, Univesity of Nagoya, Japan; October 2019.

2.Gessellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh Lecture, Chemistry, University of Bielefeld, January 23, 2019, Bielefeld, Germany.

3.Honorary Diploma of Romanian Chemical Society 2019

4.Gessellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh Lecture, Chemistry, University of Karsruhe and KIT, November 30, 2017, Karlsruhe, Germany.

5.Frontiers in Chemistry Distinguished Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University, March, 30 2017.

6.The Order of Faithful Service(Romanian: Ordinul Național "Serviciul Credincios"), 2016.

7.Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC Surfaces and Interfaces Award 2015.

8.Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

9.Titre de reconnaissance pour les travaux en 2015 en Chimie Société Chimique de France -2015.

10. European Young Investigator Award 2004, European Science Foundation and EUROHORCs

11. Academic Merit Prize- Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 2008

12. “Costin D. Nenitescu” Medal and Honour Award of Romanian Chemical Society, 2007

13. Hybrid Materials and Application -HYMAP Mid-Carrer Award 2014

14. Fellowship of Pole Europeen Universitaire de Montpellier 1998-1999

15. Bronze medal – XIXth International Chemistry Olympiad, Vészprem- Hungary, 1987

16. Gold Medal – Ist Balkan Chemistry Olympiad - Bucharest, Roumania, 1987.

The top 10 publications

1.M. Di Vincenzo, A. Tiraferri, V.-E. Musteata, S.Chisca, R.Sougrat, L.-B. Huang, S. P. Nunes, M. Barboiu, Biomimetic artificial water channels membranes for enhanced desalination. Nat. Nanotechnol. 2020, DOI:10.1038/s41565-020-00796-x

2.D. Strilets, S. Fa, A. Hardiagon, M. Baaden T. Ogoshi*, M. Barboiu*, Biomimetic approach for highly selective artificial water channels based on tubular Pillar[5]Arene dimers" Very Important paper. Angew. Chem. 2020 DOI: 10.1002/ange.202009219; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202009219.

3.S.-P. Zheng, J.-J. Jiang, A. van der Lee, M. Barboiu* Very Important paper and Frontispice Picture. Voltage-responsive synthetic Cl--channel regulated by pH. Angew. Chem. 2020, 132, 19802-19088; DOI: 10.1002/ange.202008393; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 18920-18296DOI: 10.1002/anie.202008393

4.S.-P. Zheng, Y.-H. Li, J.-J. Jiang, A. van der Lee, D. Dumitrescu, M. Barboiu, Self-Assembled Columnar Triazole-Quartets - an example of synergetic H-bonding / Anion-π Channels, Very Important paper and Cover Angew. Chem. 2019, 131, 12165 –12170, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 12037 –12042.

5.I. Kocsis, M. Sorci, H. Vanselous, S. Murail, S. E. Sanders, E.Licsandru, Y.-M. Legrand, A.van der Lee, M.Baaden, P. B. Petersen, G. Belfort*, M. Barboiu*, Oriented chiral water wires in artificial transmembrane channels. Science Adv. 2018, 4, eaao5603. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao5603.

6.A. Gilles, M. Barboiu*, Highly Selective Artificial K+ Channels: An Example of Selectivity- Induced Transmembrane Potential. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138(1), 426-432.

7.E. Licsandru, I. Kocsis, Y.-x. Shen, S. Murail, Y.-M. Legrand, A. van der Lee, D. Tsai, M. Baaden, M. Kumar, M. Barboiu*, Salt-excluding artificial water channels exhibiting enhanced dipolar water and proton translocation, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 5403-5409.

8.M. Barboiu*, Y. Le Duc, A. Gilles, P.-A. Cazade, M. Michau, Y.-M. Legrand, A. van der Lee, B. Coasne, P. Parvizi, J. Post, T. Fyles. An artificial primitive mimic of Gramicidin-A channel, Nature Comm. 2014, 5, 4142. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5142.

9.M. Barboiu*, Artificial water channels, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51 11674-11676.

10. Y. Le Duc, M. Michau, A. Gilles, V. Gence, Y.-M. Legrand, A. van der Lee, S. Tingry, M. Barboiu*, Imidazole I-quartet water and proton dipolar channels, Hot paper. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50(48), 11366-11372.

The top 10 review publications

1.M. Barboiu*, Encapsulation versus self-aggregation toward highly selective artificial K+- Channels, Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 2711−2718.

2.Y. Zhang, M. Barboiu*, Constitutional Dynamic Materials. Toward Natural Selection of Function, Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 809-834.

3.M. Barboiu*, Artificial Water Channels –incipient innovative developments. Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 5657- 5665.

4.M. Barboiu* and A. Gilles, From natural to bio-assisted and biomimetic artificial water channel systems. Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 2814–2823.

5.M. Barboiu, M. Stadler, J.M. Lehn*, Controlled folding, motional and constitutional dynamic processes of polyheterocyclic molecular strands, Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 4200 – 4225; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 4130 – 4154.

6.M. Barboiu*, The future of membranes - toward the natural selection of functions. Actualité Chimique, 2015, 399, 37-43.

7.E. Mahon, M. Barboiu*, Synthetic multivalency for biological applications, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, 13, 10590-10599.

8. M. Barboiu*, Constitutional hybrid materials-toward selection of functions. Eur J. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 1112-1125.

9.Y.M. Legrand, M. Barboiu*, Self-Assembled Supramolecular Channels: Toward Biomimetic Materials for Directional Translocation, Chem. Rec. 2013, 13(6), 524-538.

10. M. Barboiu*, Dynamic Interactive Systems - Dynamic selection in hybrid organic-inorganic constitutional networks, Feature Article, Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 7466-7476.


Synergistic Activities:

1.Constitutional Dynamic Chemistry, Topics in Current Chemistry, M Barboiu Editor, Springer Verlag, 2012. ISBN103642283438; ISBN13 9783642283437,

2.Chairman of Faraday Discussions RSC “Artificial Water Channels” 25-27 June 2018, Glasgow, GB, Artificial Water channels, Faraday Discuss, 2018, volume 209 M. Barboiu editor.

3.RSC Special Issue of Organic and Bimolecular Chemistry 2015, Multivalent Biomolecular Recognition - S. Vincent, O. Ramstrom and M. Barboiu Editors



Selected publications