The research activities we are trying to develop focus essentially on the use of different polymerization chemistries or polymerization processes to produce new materials. For example, strategies to design new polymers from the functionalization of polyolefins are investigated. This includes manipulating various polymerization techniques allowing the control of the macromolecular architecture and focusing when possible, on monomers of industrial interest. Catalytic olefin polymerization and controlled radical polymerizations are thus used in homogenous and/or heterogenous systems to lead to new polyolefins and to achieve original latex particles. This is achieved either within CP2M or as part of the research programs of the two common laboratories with Arkema (i-Hub Poly 9) and Michelin (ChemistLab).
- Functionalization of polyolefins and design of macromolecular architectures
- Controlled Radical Polymerization of Ethylene
- Polymerization Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) in emulsion
The main projects currently developed in the team deal with :
The controlled radical (co)polymerization of ethylene
The synthesis of surfactant-free latexes using as stabilizer various reactive polymer chains obtained from RDRP (Reversible deactivation radical polymerization - mostly RAFT)
The synthesis of degradable particles (ANR project CKAPART)
The synthesis of latexes for vitrimer-like materials (ANR project DYNAMEX)
The synthesis of poly(vinylidene fluoride) latexes – in the frame of the iHub POLY-9 joint laboratory with Arkema
The controlled (co)polymerization of ethylene and butadiene in the frame of ChemistLab joint laboratory with Michelin
Supervisions and other link
- Mr. Paul Galanopoulo (PhD student, 2019-2022), who is developing innovative strategies to prepare degradable vinyl copolymer latexes in dispersed media, in the frame of the ANR project CKAPART (collaboration with Yohann Guillaneuf, Didier Gigmès and Cathy Lefay, Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (ICR) in Marseille, and Julien Nicolas, Institut Galien Paris-Saclay (IGPS), Châtenay-Malabry). Paul is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot (CP2M).
- Ms. Marie Raffin (PhD student, 2019-2022), who is working on the design and synthesis of various amphiphilic copolymers for emulsion (co)polymerization of vinyl acetate. Marie is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot (CP2M).
- Mr. Suren Wang (PhD student, 2020-2023), who is working on the synthesis of new polymer latexes for the formation of crosslinked films with potential self-healing properties and/or recyclability owing to vitrimer-like properties. His work is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot and conducted in the frame of the ANR project DYNAMEX (collaboration with Renaud Nicolaÿ and Corinne Soulié-Ziakovic, Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire, Macromoléculaire, Matériaux (C3M), Paris).
- Mr. Thibaut Février (PhD student, 2021-2024), who is sponsored by Arkema and is working in the frame of our joint laboratory with Arkema, iHub POLY-9, to develop surfactant-free poly(vinylidene fluoride) latexes. Thibaut is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot.
- Ms. Ana Patricia Pacheco (PhD student, 2017-2021), who is working on RAFT polymerization in scCO2 with both molecular and macromolecular chain transfer agents, fluorine-free, for the dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate. Ana's thesis is sponsored by the SINCHEM project and jointly supervised by Muriel Lansalot (CP2M) and Prof. Steve Howdle (Howdle's group) at the University of Nottingham (UK) (cotutelle agreement).
- Mr. Florian Baffie (PhD student, 2018-2021), who is working on the controlled radical polymerization of ethylene via ITP. Florian is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot and Vincent Monteil, and his thesis is sponsored by the MESRI.
- Ms. Laura Sinniger (PhD student, 2021-2024), who is working on the synthesis of macromolecular architectures based on polyethylene by radical polymerization. Laura is cosupervised with Muriel Lansalot and Vincent Monteil, and her thesis is sponsored by the MESRI.
- Ms. Ariane Desgranges (PhD student, 2020-2023), who is working on the development of new ethylene butadiene rubber. Ariane has a Cifre scholarship sponsored by Michelin and is cosupervised with Christophe Boisson
- Mr. Samy Alloui (PhD student, 2021-2024), who is working on the development of thermoplastic elastomers. Samy has a CNRS 80PRIME scholarship and is cosupervised with Christophe Boisson, Nida Ottman and Damien Montarnal
- Dr. Marvin Langlais (Postdoc, 2020-2022), who is working on the development of new thermoplastic elastomer. Marvin is sponsored by Michelin and is cosupervised with Christophe Boisson and Damien Montarnal
- Dr. Marion Duval (Postdoc, 2021-2022), who is working in the field of olefin polymerization in gas phase. Marion is sponsored by Michelin and cosupervised with Christophe Boisson.
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