Feriel Rekhroukh

Feriel was born in Algeria and moved to Toulouse in the South of France at the age of 7. She did her education in Toulouse, France, before receiving her M.Sc. degrees in Molecular Chemistry from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, where her research focused on transition metal catalysis for cycloaddition reactions under the supervision of C. Aubert. Quite desperate by the lack of sun and missing the melodious accent of the South of France she then moved back to her hometown, Toulouse, to perform a PhD under the supervision of D. Bourissou and Professeur A. Amgoune. Her doctoral studies focused on the organometallic chemistry of gold and particularly in the investigation of fundamental elementary steps unknow with gold complexes. Having failed in turning the Lead into Gold, she went to Amsterdam for a postdoctoral stay in C. Slootweg group to learn some computational chemistry. Being awarded with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, she then moved to Imperial College of London with M. Crimmin to work on the transformation of fluorocarbons into reactive molecules containing Carbon-Aluminium bonds. After spending few months in Lisbon, doing Chemistry in her 4th European country, she decided to return to the UK in Crimmin’s group as a sign that European research collaboration did not end with Brexit (and to share the joys of Eurovision with her colleagues). She is currently focused on the reactivity of magnesium compounds towards C-C and C-F bonds activation.