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Eco-designed and biodegradable polymers

Eco-designed and biodegradable polymers figure

Category: Post docs

Duration: 12 months

Team: Polymerization catalyses and engineering

Funding: L'Oréal

Laboratory: LCPO

Applicant profile

We are looking for a highly motivated individual holding a PhD in Polymer or Organic Chemistry with solid aptitude in molecular chemistry and macromolecular synthesis, knowledge of polymerization processes (solution, emulsion, etc.) and knowledge of polymer characterization techniques (SEC, DSC, NMR, etc.).


Applicants are invited to submit a complete CV and a motivation letter via the following link
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Project summary

With a world production of nearly 380 million tons per year, polymers occupy a central place in our modern society. Paradoxically, the chemical inertia that makes polymers so stable is also their main drawback. It is indeed difficult to recycle them or to degrade them. Economic constraints and societal issues therefore require a more rational design and alternative polymer synthesis methods, in order to meet the needs of a more virtuous management of their end-of-life, while guaranteeing optimal performance during their use.

This ambitious project aims at developing new strategies to meet this challenge and thus reducing the environmental footprint of polymer plastics. It will be carried out at the LCPO based in Bordeaux and is part of the joint laboratory between LCPO and L'Oréal Recherche Avancée.

The objective will be to design bio-sourced and easily biodegradable polymers, by introducing appropriate motifs in the constitutive e chains. Original bio-sourced monomers associated with specific synthesis methodologies will be used to achieve these ambitious objectives of easy biodegradability and performance in formulations.

This is a strategic challenge for L'Oréal and is fully in line with the Green Science objectives, which aim to design new polymers that are both biosourced and biodegradable, without sacrificing performance in formulation.