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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 275 scientific publications, 3 books and 20 chapters and 399 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.


255 Total Journal Publications, 5 Patents, 20 Books and chapters, 6 Edited Books/special issues


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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: Extraordinary 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 Award

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

2.1000 Talent Program Award SAFEA China

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

4.Order of Faithfull Service (Romanian: Ordinul Național "Serviciul Credincios"), 2016.

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

6.Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selected publications

1.Y. M. Legrand, A. van der Lee, M. Barboiu*, Single–crystal X-ray structure of 1,3-dimethylcyclobutadiene by confinement in a crystalline matrix, Science, 2010,329, 299-302

2.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

3.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.

4.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.

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

6.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.

7.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.

8.A. Cazacu, Y.M. Legrand, A. Pasc, G. Nasr, A. van der Lee, M. Barboiu*, Dynamic hybrid materials for constitutional selective membranes, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 2009, 106, 8117-8122.

9.C. Arnal-Herault, A. Pasc-Banu, M. Michau, D.Cot, E. Petit, M. Barboiu*, Functional G-Quartet Macroscopic Membrane Films, Cover Article, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 46, 8409-8413.

10.A. Cazacu, C. Tong, A. van der Lee, T.M. Fyles, M. Barboiu*, Columnar Self-Assembled Ureidocrown-ethers – an Example of Ion-channel Organization in Lipid Bilayers, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 9541-9548.


Peer review publications – 275 (Papers 219, Proceedings 28; Books and Chapters 22, Patents 6)

Lectures/communications - 399 (Invited Lectures 156, Invited Seminars 73, Comms 103, Posters 66)


Synergistic Activities:

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

2. Special Issue of Israel J. Chem. 2013,53(1-2), Constitutional Dynamic Systems

3. Systems Membranes- complex roadmaps toward functional devices and coupled processes, Mihail Barboiu Editor, 2010, PRINTECH ED, Bucharest Romania, ISBN 978-606-521-526-9.

4. Coordination of a Special Issue of Journal of Membrane Science 2008, edited by Elsevier: "From simple molecules to complex membrane systems: bringing the molecular information to membranes and the converse"



Selected publications