University of Bordeaux

Université de Bordeaux Team

Prof. Dr Henri Cramail
WP1 leader and ESR supervisor

PhD degree in Polymer Chemistry in 1990 at the University of Bordeaux and Junior Member of the ‘Institut Universitaire de France’ (2004). Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux since 1999, Director of the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO), CNRS-University of Bordeaux, from 2007 to 2016. He is currently leading the ‘Biopolymer and bio-based polymers’ Team within LCPO. 210 refereed papers, inventor of 40 patents, > 90 invited international conference presentations (h-index = 41).

Main expertise: His research areas are currently focused on the development of green polymer syntheses and processes to create novel bio-based polymers for sustainable technologies. Step-growth polymerization – Dispersion and mini-emulsion polymerizations – Bio-sourced polymers (Polyurethanes, Non-isocyanate Polyurethanes, Epoxy Networks, Polyesters) – Bio-based amphiphiles – Fatty acids – Lignin – Oligosaccharides

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Dr. Audrey Llevot
ESR supervisor

PhD in 2014 from the University of Bordeaux. Assistant professor at Bordeaux INP (Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux), research in polymer chemistry at the LCPO, permanent member of the polymerization catalysis & engineering team. Teaching polymer science, analytical and organic chemistry at ENSCBP. 20 referred papers, co-inventor of 2 patents, 2 invited international conference presentation (h-index = 13)

Main expertise: Bio-sourced polymers – Macromolecular engineering – Catalysis – Polymeric networks – Recyclability

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Dr. Étienne Grau
Affiliated researcher

Dr. Étienne Grau was trained in chemistry and physical chemistry at the ENS Cachan and then undertook a PhD in polymer chemistry. Currently, he is Assistant Professor at LCPO in the group of Pr Henri Cramail. 65 papers and 9 patents (h-index = 20).
Main expertise: valorization of biomass and more specifically on the synthesis of fatty-acid based thermoplastic polymers. He also manages a platform of equipments for chemistry under high pressure (ethylene, propylene, CO2, H2 …). The related research topics concern the polymer foaming by supercritical CO2, the polymerization in CO2, coordination-insertion polymerization of ethylene and chemical valorization of CO2.

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Dr. Thomas Vidil
Affiliated researcher

Dr. Thomas Vidil received his master degree from the Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics of Paris (ESPCI, France) in 2011, with a specialization in polymer science. In 2015, he obtained his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry at the Soft Matter and Chemistry Laboratory (University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France) and in collaboration with the company Schlumberger (Cambridge, MA, United-States). By the end of 2015, he joined the group of Prof. Marc A. Hillmyer at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, United-States) as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2017, he received a grant to join the Laboratory of Organic Polymer Chemistry (LCPO, University of Bordeaux, France) in the frame of the cluster of excellence AMADEus (Advanced MAterials by DEsign). In 2018, he became a permanent staff member of the same team where he was appointed to the position of Full-time Researcher by the CNRS (The French National Centre for Scientific Research).

Main expertise: Non-Isocyanate Polyurethanes as well as photo-polymerization and 3D-printing.

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UBx is a multidisciplinary, research-focused and international university which is ranked among the top French universities for the quality of its academic courses and research. In 2011, UBx was rewarded by the French government for its overall campus strategy for excellence and was one of the first universities in 2016 to obtain confirmation of this Excellence program. Via this Excellence program (25M€/year), UBx develops innovative training, research and knowledge transfer programs in numerous fields of excellence and in partnership with other educational institutions in Bordeaux. UBx is a top class education and research organisation, and counts about 56,000 students (including 6,800 international students) and 5,900 staff (including 4,000 academic and research staff). Its cutting-edge research activities are carried out in 88 research departments (Joint Research Units) associated with major research bodies (CNRS, CEA, INSERM and INRA). It has participated in 163 EU collaborative projects (H2020, FP7, Interreg), and counts a total of 38 Marie Curie Grants among 13 ITN. LCPO is a joint research unit (UMR5629) affiliated to the University of Bordeaux, CNRS, and Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute (IPB). With more than 25 years of expertise in the field of polymer science, research activities at the LCPO focus on the development of precise synthetic methodologies to polymers through biomimetic and/or green chemistry concepts, and to functional polymers for targeted applications such as Life sciences and organic electronics. The laboratory is organized into the 4 research topics. Team: ‘Biopolymers and Bio-based polymers’. Permanent staffs: 6 ; current number of PhDs: 14 ; current post-docs: 4. Main research areas: Design of new bio-based building-blocks and polymers thereof from vegetable oils, fatty acids, lignin, hemi-celluloses, terpenes. Focus on polycondensation and polyaddition reactions (polyurethanes, polyamides, polyesters) in bulk, dispersed media (water, CO2) and mini-extruder.