University of Mons


Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Raquez
Coordinator, WP3 leader, ESR supervisor

PhD in Polymer Science from University of Mons, FRS-FNRS Senior Research Associate, Head of LPCM  and Scientific Leader at Materia Nova. He has been in charge of national and regional projects, programs with industries and European Projects (FP7-H2020). Over 160 refereed papers, co-inventor of 9 patents, 40 invited international conference presentations (h-index = 42). 

Main expertise: Sustainable NIPU syntheses through polyaddition reactions & design of NIPU-based nanocomposites via reactive extrusion.

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Dr. Connie Ocando

Project manager, WP5 leader, and responsible of gender balance aspects

PhD degree from the UPV/EHU in Chemical Engineering. She was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (BEWARE program) during her post-doc at UMONS. In 2018 she was a Guipuzkoa fellow at POLYMAT. 21 refereed papers, co-inventor of 2 international patents (h-index = 11).



UMONS counts 7 faculties, 2 schools, 10 research institutes, 3 partner research centers, a dozen spin-off companies and operates on two campuses for nearly 8000 students and 90 research teams across 40 nationalities; strongly encourages interdisciplinarity both regionally and internationally and knowledge transfer. In Chemistry and Materials engineering holds the European label for “Research in Excellence”, is 175th “publications most cited by peers”, 170th “citation rate”, 36th “publication rate in collaboration with other international institutions” and 1st/2d Belgian university/11 (U-Multirank 2018). The UMONS MATERIALS Institute offers research on synthesis and implementation methods, characterization and applications with end-of-life scenarios. As part of it, the LPCM (head: J.-M. Raquez) is internationally recognized in (i) polymer synthesis, (ii) polymer blends and (nano)materials, (iii) industry-relevant batch and continuous processes, (iv) polymer materials ecotoxicity and end-of-life. Knowledge is constantly transferred to Society via local and network-wide teaching/research and training, mobility and intersectoral exposure at all levels (students & professionals). For its 22 years existence the LPCM trained more than 40 students from more than 30 nationalities. LPCM EU projects count H2020-EJD, H2020-RISE, H2020-ERANET, FP-7, FP-6, and ERA-NET as well as National Programs.