Conférenciers invités 

Dr Colin Bonduelle (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, Toulouse - France)

Synthetic polypeptides as simplified analogues of natural proteins

Colin Bonduelle obtained his PhD in December 2008, working on polyesters preparation from O-carboxyanhydrides under the supervision of Dr Didier Bourrissou in Toulouse, France. He then moved to the University of Western Ontario (Canada) for two years and studied block copolymer properties in surface science under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Gillies. He then worked with Prof. Sébastien Lecommandoux for three years at the University of Bordeaux to work on block copolymers self-assembly in solution. He is now part of the team "Metals in Biology and Medicinal Chemistry" belonging to the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination in Toulouse as CNRS research associate. Colin’s research interests include physico-chemistry of amphiphilic copolymers, biomimetic materials and polymer synthesis through N-carboxyanhydrides ring-opening polymerization. The first part of his talk will deal with synthetic glycopolypeptides polymers, which are ideal polymeric analogues of natural glycoproteins for material science applications. Then, the second part of the talk will present how coordination chemistry can be used to prepare synthetic metallopolypeptides polymers that behave as smart polymeric systems.

Dr Ahmed M. Eissa (Monash-Warwick Alliance Senior Research Fellow – School of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK)

Sugar-decorated nano- and micro-structures

Ahmed Eissa studied Chemistry for his first degree at Ain-Shams University in Cairo graduating with Honours and finishing third top of his year. Following a three year spell in pro squash and badminton tours, he returned to science to pursue a career in academia. In 2005, he successfully completed his M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry at Ain–Shams University, Cairo and was appointed as a Research Associate in the National Research Centre in Cairo. In 2006, Ahmed moved west to carry out his Ph.D studies at the University of Durham, UK, graduating in 2011 with a thesis titled “Synthesis and Characterisation of Novel Biopolymers via ‘Click’ Chemistry”. Between 2011 and 2014, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Durham University, UK, he was able to translate his skills to design macromolecules and materials that interfere or mimic biological processes, leading to therapeutic or biotechnological applications. 

In September 2014, Ahmed took up his current research fellowship position at Warwick University, UK, with an adjunct Research Fellow position at Monash University, Australia. In this role, he leads the research group of Prof Neil Cameron at the University of Warwick as part of the Monash-Warwick Alliance, building on the major investment in research by both Monash and Warwick Universities. Much of Ahmed’s work involves working across chemistry, engineering and life sciences and his current research is focused on the development of bioactive and bio-inspired macromolecules and biomaterials with particular emphasis on emulsion-templated porous polymer scaffolds for 3D cell culture, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, glycopolymers and glyco-nanoparticles as therapeutics and delivery systems, giant vesicles as simple cell mimics, and inhibition of Alzheimer's amyloid-beta peptide aggregation.


Pr Etienne Fleury (IMP, INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne - France) 

Ionic Copolyesters with tunable physico-chemical properties

Pr Etienne Fleury is full Professor in the Material Department of INSA Lyon since 2005, head of the IMP@INSA laboratory and Vice-head of UMR CNRS 5223 since 2011. After receiving his PhD in 1986 from the university des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc in Montpellier, he worked at Rhodia for 20 years where he had managed research groups from 1998 to 2005. He has taken his “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in 1999 at the university Joseph Fourier in Grenoble. His research field concerns different aspects of polymer chemistry: Polycondensation/Polyaddition, Silicone chemistry and Polysaccharide modification. He has published over 80 papers and 55 patents. He has participated to the launching of 3 new industrial specialty polyesters and 1 novel catalytic industrial formulation.

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Dr Alba Marcellan (UPMC - ESPCI, Paris - France)

From gel reinforcement to gel adhesion using polymer adsorption onto nanoparticles

Alba Marcellan is an associate Professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie and she carries out her research at the SIMM (Science et Ingénierie de la Matière Molle) Laboratory.Initially with a background in materials and mechanics (Ph.D., Ecole des Mines de Paris, Department of Materials Science and Engineering), during the last ten years at the SIMM Laboratory, she has developed a more comprehensive picture of the molecular mechanisms involved in the deformation and the fracture (bulk and adhesion) processes of polymer-based materials. Her research is focused on the modeling of behavior and damage mechanisms involved at both macromolecular and meso scales. With her colleagues, she has developed original macromolecular designs, especially gels, i.e. swollen soft polymer networks, with the aim to improve their mechanical response. By using the concepts of polymer physics, she develops “hybrid” model systems that combine covalent (permanent) cross-links and physical (reversible) interactions.  She has recently developed a glue that can bond gels and soft-tissue organs such as the liver. She was awarded the Groupe Français des Polymères, division Société Française de Physique Junior prize in 2014.

Dr Guillaume Michaud (Bostik - Arkema, Venette - France)

Functionalized polymers obtained by metathesis applied to adhesives and sealants 

Chemical engineer, after a PhD on asymmetric catalysis based on ruthenium chemistry in the laboratory of Pr Jean-Pierre Genet, Guillaume Michaud joined the field of polymers to study platinum catalyzed hydrosilylation in the laboratory of Pr Istvan Marko. His research fields, as a research engineer, have moved to post-metallocene catalysis in the field of polyolefins or PLA for the substitution of tin catalyst, working at Certech, Belgian research center. Five years ago he became Upstream R&D manager within Bostik, recently acquired by Arkema, responsible for reactive adhesives. His current research interests revolve around the substitution of isocyanates, catalysis and structural adhesives.

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Dr Frédéric Prochazka (Laboratoire IMP -  Université Jean Monnet - France)

Polymer blends and biomaterials

After his Ph.D thesis under the supervision of Pr Dominique Durand at the department of ‘Chimie et Physique des Matériaux Macromoléculaires’ at the University of Le Mans (1998), Frédéric Prochazka did his post-doctorate stay with Pr Chris Macosko at the University of Minessota. In 1999, he got a permanent position at the department ‘Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères’ in Saint Etienne. In 2014, he became co-founder and scientific director of Lactips, a start-up which produces and develops a new milk protein based water-soluble material. His main research activities deal with polymers blends and biomaterials.

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Dr Michael Shaver (School of Chemistry - University of Edinburgh, UK)

Catalyst driven advances in sustainable polymer synthesis

 Following a PhD at the University of British Columbia in Canada and an NSERC Post-doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London, Mike Shaver started his independent career at the University of Prince Edward Island where he created the university’s first science PhD programme. Building on early research successes in controlled radical polymerizations and ring-opening polymerizations he was recruited to the University of Edinburgh in 2013 as a Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader. His interests lie in both fundamental and applied synthetic polymer chemistry, seeking to improve the sustainability of polymers built from both renewable and non-renewable resources through thoughtful application of catalysts new and old. He now leads a diverse group working on novel monomers, complex polymer architectures and applied projects in medical diagnostics and high performance materials.

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