Polymerization of olefins
Education and Experience
Henri Cramail received his Engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et de Physique de Bordeaux in 1987 (major). He then obtained his PhD at the University of Bordeaux 1, in 1990, for studies in the field of ring-opening metathesis polymerization under the supervision of Profs Alain Soum and Michel Fontanille. After a post-doctoral stay with Prof. W.J. Feast at the University of Durham U.K., working on the Durham route to poly(acetylene), he joined the LCPO as Associate Professor at the University of Bordeaux 1, then became Professor in 1999 and Full Professor in 2005. His current research interests include the coordinative polymerization of olefins and cyclo-olefins, the step-growth polymerizations in bulk and in dispersed media (water, super-critical CO2) and the design of new bio-based polymers from renewable resources (vegetable oils, terpenes, polysaccharides, phenols) through green pathways (catalysis and processes).
Awards and Responsabilities
Pr Henri Cramail is Full Professor at the University of Bordeaux. He was been Director of LCPO from 2007 to 2015. For the period 2012-2016, he has been heading the national commission ‘Systèmes et matériaux supra et macromoléculaires : élaboration, propriétés, fonctions’ of CNRS.
Pr Henri Cramail was recipient of the GFP-SCF 2002 prize and is honorary junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (promotion IUF 2004).
Pr Henri Cramail is also heading the group ‘Biopolymers and bio-sourced polymers’ at LCPO and has created with the French Technical Centre ITERG the joint technological unit (UMT) ‘Polygreen2Industry’ sponsored by the French Ministry of Agriculture and dedicated to the design and scale-up of specialty vegetable oils-based polymers: watch a webminar about the economic potentialities of biosourced polymers (in French).