After numerous tests in the early 1970s, he explained in detail what causes metathesis, a chemical reaction used in biotechnology, food industries, and advanced plastic materials. In metathesis reactions, special catalyst molecules cause double bonds between carbon atoms to be broken and recreated in patterns that cause atom groups to change places. From this foundation laid by Chauvin, American scientists Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock were able to develop metal-compound catalysts for metathesis, which has led to more efficient production, and a major reduction in potentially hazardous waste products.
2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry \"for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis\"
Member of the French Academy of Sciences
1986 Charles Bihoreau Prize (Association française des techniciens du pétrole)
1990 Clavel-Lespiau Prize (French Academy of Sciences)
1994 Karl Engler Medal (German Scientific Society for Coal and Petroleum Research)
2005 Grand Officier de l\'Ordre National du Mérite
2006 Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the French Society of Chemistry
Aspects of Homogeneous Catalysis
(In R. Hugo Ed.) (1971)
Progress in Polymer Science
Industrial Applications of Homogenous Catalysis
(In D. Reidel Ed.)
Kluwer Academic Publishers (1988)