University of LIEGE, Belgium


Dr. Christophe Detrembleur
WP4 leader and ESR supervisor

Christophe Detrembleur obtained his PhD in 2001 at CERM at the University of Liege (ULIEGE, Belgium) in the field of the development of new controlled radical polymerization (CRP) techniques. After his PhD, he moved to Bayer AG (Leverkusen, Germany) as a research scientist to develop new polymers from CRP and low viscous UV-curable polyurethane formulations for coating applications. After 2.5 years in this company, he joined CERM (ULIEGE) in October 2003 as a permanent FNRS Researcher (currently as FNRS Research Director) to create his own research group. His main research interests are in the preparation and the application of multifunctional (co)polymers by CRP, and in developing new conceptual routes to converting CO2 (as a renewable C1-feedstock) into low carbon footprint materials (coatings, adhesives, foams). CD is therefore mainly dedicated to polymer chemistry, from fundamental aspects with the development of novel polymerization processes/catalysts and the comprehension of the reaction mechanisms, to their exploitation for the preparation of advanced materials for various applications (mainly coatings, adhesives and foams). He published 293 refereed papers, his h-index stands at 55, and is inventor of about 26 patents (applications).

Main expertise: controlled radical polymerization, transformation of CO2 into monomers and polymers, precision design of functional polymers.

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ULIEGE is fully part of the European and International higher education and research area and is the only public and complete university institution of the French-speaking region of Belgium. ULiege counts 3500 lecturers-researchers and 25.000 students (24% of international origin) and is fully committed in hosting incoming researchers and in Open Access/Science. The Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM) belongs to the chemistry department of ULIEGE and the CESAM Research Unit (about 130 researchers), and is constituted by 26 researchers, including 3 permanent FNRS researchers, 1 professor, 4 highly-qualified technicians, 11 PhD students, 4 post-docs and 3 master students. CERM has a worldwide recognition in polymer science, more particularly in macromolecular engineering using controlled polymerization techniques, in the CO2 technology and in the design of novel multifunctional (nano)materials (coatings, foams, adhesives, biomaterials, etc.).