Organocatalyzed polymerization reactions
Star-like polymers and dendrimers
Polymeric ionic liquids (PILs)
N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs)
Education and Experience
Pr Daniel TATON received his PhD in polymer chemistry in 1994 at the University Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris VI) under the supervision of Dr Nicolas Spassky. He joined LCPO in January 1995 as post-doctorate in the group of Dr Yves Gnanou. He was appointed as assistant Professor in September 1995 at the University of Bordeaux. In 2000-2002, he was part-time seconded at the research center of Rhodia near Paris, where he contributed to the development of new synthetic strategies to specialty polymers.
His main contributions are in the field of macromolecular engineering, through the synthesis of shape-persistent macromolecular architectures, including star-like polymers, dendrimer-like polymers, nanogels, or nanostructures generated by the self-assembly of polymeric ionic liquid (PIL)-based block copolymers. In the recent years, he has been focusing on the use of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as organocatalysts for various precise and selective polymerization reactions, including group transfer and ring-opening polymerizations as well as step-growth polymerization for the synthesis of polybenzoins or polyurethanes. In view of better handling and recycling NHCs, he also develops masked NHCs and/or polymer-supported versions (= polyNHCs) derived from imidazolium-based PILs that can deliver the catalytic active form in-situ.
Awards and Responsabilities
Pr Daniel TATON is full Professor since 2008 at the University of Bordeaux and he is leading the research topic of LCPO entitled “Polymerization Catalyses and Engineering”.
He was recipient of the young research 2006 award of the French Polymer Group (GFP) for his contribution to the field of macromolecular engineering.
He is also part of the editorial advisory board of Macromolecules (ACS journal).