6 February 2023
Obituary—Prof. Dr. Farid Chemat

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Prof. Dr. Farid Chemat, Editor-in-Chief of Molecules, in January 2023.

Our collaboration with Prof. Dr. Chemat began in 2015 when he served as a Guest Editor for a successful Special Issue in Green Chemistry. His approachable and charismatic personality led us to invite him to join the editorial board in 2017. Shortly after, he was promoted to Section Editor-in-Chief for Green Chemistry in 2018. Subsequently, he actively strived for the development of the section and published several successful Special Issues. We were honored to welcome him as the Editor-in-Chief for Molecules in January 2021. During his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, he worked closely with the editorial members and staff to guide the journal through its development and growth. He was one of the undisputed pillars of the journal. We were privileged to have his enthusiasm guiding us through the journal’s milestones. His contributions to the scientific community are acknowledged and his legacy will be preserved within the journal.

Prof. Dr. Chemat was a full chemistry professor and laboratory director for green extraction techniques of natural products (GREEN) at the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, France. After earning his Ph.D. in 1994 from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, he worked in postdoctoral research with Prolabo-Merck (1995–1997) and as a senior researcher at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands (1997–1999). He then moved to the University of La Réunion, France as an Assistant Professor. Since 2006, he held a Professor of Chemistry at Université d’Avignon, France.

His research focused on innovative and sustainable extraction techniques (i.e., microwave, ultrasound, and bio-based solvents) for different fields such as food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications. His research activities were decorated with more than 200 scientific peer-review papers, books, and patents.

His death is a significant loss to the academic and scientific community and anyone close to him. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Molecules Editorial Office

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