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Dr. Olivier Nicaise has been a member of ACS since his first year of graduate school -almost 30 years ago!-, and a member of the New Haven Section since his move to New Haven County in 2004. He received a B.S. degree and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris, France, and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry focusing on asymmetric synthesis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1993. He then conducted postdoctoral studies in the area of medicinal chemistry at Université Catholique de Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Upon his return to the United States to start a career in academia, Dr. Nicaise first held Visiting Assistant Professorships in Minnesota and Michigan, and then joined the Chemistry faculty at Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, MO. His family then movedto his wife’s native state of Connecticut in 2004 following a job offer at SCSU, in New Haven, and more recently, Dr. Nicaise was on the Chemistry faculty at Trinity College, in Hartford. Lately -since 2014-, Dr. Nicaise is exploring another aspect of the teaching profession, and greatly enjoys being a high school Chemistry Teacher.
As an active member of the New Haven ACS Local Section, Dr. Nicaise has served as both councilor, and more recently, alternative councilor for the Section. In 2007, he very gladly accepted to “take control” of the organization of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition on behalf of the Section -a Chemistry competition for high school students-, and in the past 10 years, the New Haven County high school students have performed extraordinarily well, with 3 of them having made Team USA, and competed at the International Chemistry Olympiad.