Christophe Schatz

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Category: Faculties

Status: Associate professor

Employer: Bordeaux INP

Team: Polymer self-assembly and life sciences

Location: ENSCBP building A, office N2-25

+33(0)5 5684 6618


Key Research Areas: Polyelectrolyte complexes & coacervate – Block copolymer self-assembly in solution and at surface – Polysaccharide modification – Drug and gene delivery systems


Education and experience

Christophe Schatz obtained his PhD from the University of Lyon in 2003, where he studied the physiochemical behaviour of chitosan and the formation of nanoparticles from polysaccharides under the guidance of Dr. T. Delair and Prof. A. Domard. In 2004‐05, he worked at the University of Newcastle (Australia) as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. E.J. Wanless where he studied the behavior of stimuli‐responsive polymer micelles at the solid‐liquid interface. In 2006 he was hired as Assistant Professor in 2006 at “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, Physique et Biologie” (ENSSCB) in Bordeaux. His current research aims to better understand the interplay between the morphology, thermodynamics and kinetics of non-covalent macromolecular assemblies with a special interest for out-of-equilibrium systems. He’s also interested in various applications of macromolecular assemblies in drug and gene delivery systems with particular emphasis on polysaccharide-based systems.

Teaching activities

Lectures at ENSCBP and University of Bordeaux on Polymer self-assembly, Drug delivery systems, Light scattering in polymer and colloid sciences, Polymers in solution, and Polymer biomaterials. Laboratory classes in polymer sciences.

Scientific achievements

Dr Christophe Schatz performed during the last years, in collaboration with chemists, physicists and biologists:

  • Synthesis and self‐assembly behavior of the first polysaccharide‐block‐polypeptide copolymer system
  • Adsorption of charged block copolymers with two adsorbing blocks onto solid surfaces
  • Design of thermo-responsive polymer brush functionalized magnetic nanoparticles for remotely triggered drug release
  • ‘Encapsidation’ of polyelectrolyte complexes of RNA with amphiphilic block copolymers

In January 2020, he defended his habilitation thesis entitled “Macromolar non-covalent self-assemblies in solution & on surfaces”.

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