Gilles Sèbe

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Category: Faculties

Status: Associate professor

Employer: University of Bordeaux

Team: Biopolymers and bio-sourced polymers

Location: N0-15

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Key research areas: Wood and cellulose chemistry – Surface tailoring of nanocelluloses –nanocomposites


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 at the LCPO is focused on the chemical functionalization of nanocelluloses.

Achievements and functions

In the past few years, Dr Gilles Sèbe used different functionalization strategies – e.g. acylation, silylation, and polymer grafting - to produce nanocellulose particles with various tailored surface properties, which could find application in different domains. In particular, he developed systems where nanocelluloses could serve as valuable reinforcing and barrier agents in nanocomposites, Pickering emulsifiers, porous scaffolds, or catalyst supports.

In 2008, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries of the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, USA). He was also nominated French representative at the Management Committees of 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).


Teaching activities

Organic chemistry

Scientific production

Gilles Sèbe is author of 62 publications. He presented more than 40 oral presentations, including 19 on invitation.

Latest publications

  • Grafting polymers from cellulose nanocrystals via surface‐initiated atom transfer radical polymerization figure

    Grafting polymers from cellulose nanocrystals via surface‐initiated atom transfer radical polymerization Journal article

    Zhang Zhen, Sèbe Gilles, Hou Yelin, Wang Juan, Huang Jin, Zhou Guofu

    Journal title: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Volume(s): 138, Issue(s): 48, Page(s): 51458 10.1002/app.51458 (2021)