Odile Eisenstein

Visiting Scholar


Research Director


French National Centre for Scientific Research


University of Montpellier

Geographic Location

Odile Eisenstein

Dr. Eisenstein is a Directeur de Recherche Class Exceptionnelle at CNRS, CTMM at the Université de Montpellier. She has dramatically impacted the field of catalysis research using computational chemistry by establishing many long-standing collaborations with experimentalists, whereby computational and experimental approaches are pursued in parallel to expedite discovery and development. Indeed she is broadly recognized for her breadth of expertise which has succeeded in bringing computational methods to experimental chemists, while simultaneously expanding the understanding of experimental complexity amongst theoreticians.

She is a dynamic and engaging researcher and speaker who has visited institutions and conferences around the world to present her cutting-edge work using Density Functional Theory to understand catalytic reactions at the molecular level. Her computational approaches are recognized as world-leading and consequently she and her team are highly-sought-after collaborators for addressing challenges and research problems. In this work she has received many awards and distinctions since beginning her scholarly career in 1982. She has published over 300 journal articles and she has given over 250 invited lectures, including keynote presentations at leading international meetings. She is a pioneer amongst theoretical chemists and an inspiring role model for women chemists from around the world.