Wood and cellulose chemistry
Surface tailoring of nanocelluloses
Education and Experience
Dr Gilles Sèbe received his MSc degree in Organic Chemistry in 1992 (U. of Bordeaux) and his PhD degree in Wood Chemistry in 1996 (U. of Bordeaux). He completed his cursus with a one-year post-doc in the group of Pr Michael A. Brook at McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada). There, he gained additional expertise in Organosilicon Chemistry, which he later applied to the chemical functionalization of wood and other biopolymers. In 1998, he was appointed as a research scientist at the BioComposites Center in Bangor (UK), where he conducted several research projects related to the chemistry of natural fibers. Two years later, he joined the University of Bordeaux as an Associate Professor and started to develop his own research themes related to the chemistry of wood and biopolymers. His current research focuses on the surface tailoring of nanocelluloses by chemical functionalization, with the objective to develop novel bio-based nanomaterials (nanocomposites, emulsions, aerogels…)..
Awards and Responsibilities
Dr Gilles Sèbe was nominated Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries of the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, USA) in 2008. He was also recently nominated French representative in the Management Committees of the two European Actions COST FP1006 “Bringing new functions to wood through surface modification” (2011-2014) and FP1205 “Innovative applications of regenerated wood cellulose fibres” (2013-2017). He is also an appointed expert in wood nanotechnology for the FQRNT (Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies) and for ARBORANANO in Canada. His full resume can be downloaded.