Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes

CNRS Research Director



Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier

Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes
Permanent - chercheur, Equipe D2
ICGM - UMR5253$CC043$Pôle Chimie Balard Recherche19 route de Mende293 Montpellier cedex 5

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Dr. Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes graduated in 1992 from the National School of Chemistry of Montpellier, France, and received a Master degree in Polymer Science from the University of Montpellier. He obtained his PhD degree in 1996 from the University Claude-Bernard Lyon I, under the supervision of Professor Alain Guyot on the use of macromonomers as stabilizers in dispersion polymerization in polar media, in collaboration with Elf Atochem and in the frame of a European program on reactive surfactants. After a postdoctoral research in 1997 on suspension polymerization with inorganic stabilizers at BP Chemicals in Wingles, he joined CNRS as a junior scientist working with Professor Bernard Boutevin. In 1999, he developed RITP, a promising method for controlled/living radical polymerization. He received his Habilitation Degree in 2004. He was awarded the 2004 Innovative Research ADER Award (Association for the development of Education and Research) in collaboration with Solvay. In 2009, he was distinguished as a researcher laureate from Languedoc-Roussillon and the same year he was promoted CNRS research director. He has been deputy president of the French Polymer Group (GFP) (2013-2016). He is member of the French Chemical Society (SCF). Since 2015, he is the head of the team Engineering Macromolecular Architectures (IAM) at the Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier.
  • October 2016: CNRS senior researcher (DR1)
  • January 2015: Head of the team “Macromolecular Engineering and Architectures” (IAM)
  • October 2009: CNRS senior researcher (DR2)
  • July 2004: Habilitation in Chemistry (University of Montpellier)
  • October 1997: CNRS junior researcher (CR2, CR1)
  • January 1997: Post-doctorate BP Chemicals
  • October 1996: PhD in Polymer Chemistry (University of Lyon)
  • June 1992: Master thesis in Polymer Chemistry (University of Montpellier)
  • June 1992: Engineer degree in Chemistry (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier)
  • 2018 Distinguished Member of the French Chemical Society
  • 2010 Award of scientific excellence (CNRS: 2010-2013; 2014-2017)
  • 2009 Laureate « Researches for the Future » of Languedoc-Roussillon
  • 2004 Prize Innovation-Research-Industry awarded by ADER (Association for the development of Education and Research) for collaborative research with SOLVAY
  • Prof. André AYRAL - UMR5635 Institut Européen des Membranes IEM, Montpellier (synthesis of latex and use as template for membranes with hierarchical porosity)
  • Dr. Corine GERARDIN - UMR 5253 Institut Charles Gerhardt, team Matériaux Avancés pour la Catalyse et la Santé (MACS), Montpellier (synthesis of double hydrophilic block copolymers and their use as templating and functionalizing agents of nanostructured silica materials)
  • Dr. Martin IN -L2C UMR 5221 (physical chemistry of double hydrophilic block copolymers complexes).
  • Dr. Hervé COTTET - Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron, IBMM, UMR 5247 CNRS - Université de Montpellier  (Capillary electrophoresis of double hydrophilic block copolymers)
  • Dr. Tony CHAVE - UMR5257 Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule ICSM (sonochemistry for the preparation of noble metal nanoparticles)
  • Prof. Vasile HULEA - UMR5253, ICG-MACS (evaluation of tailored Pt/SiO2 catalysts in hydrogenation reactions)
  • Dr Annie PRADEL & Dr Laurence COURTHEOUX - UMR 5253, Equipe Chalocogénures et Verres (ChV), Montpellier (synthesis of NiMOS catalysts structured with polymers)
  • Dr. Sylvette BRUNET – IC2MP, Potiers (evaluation of NiMOS catalysts)
  • Dr. Antoine DAUDIN, Dr. Denis UZIO, Dr. Etienne GIRARD  - IFPEN à Solaize (evaluation of NiMOS catalysts)
  • Dr. Abraham CHEMTOB, IS2M Mulhouse (evaluation of photocatalysts in ROMP)
  • Dr. Ramiro GUERRERO-SANTOS & Dr. Francisco-Javier ENRIQUEZ-MEDRANO - CIQA, Laboratoire propre du CONACYT, Département de Chimie des Polymères, Saltillo Coahuila, Mexique (reverse iodine transfer polymerization)
  • Prof. Siglinda PERATHONER - Univ. Messina, Italy (evaluation of tailored Pd/SiO2 catalysts for hydrogen peroxide synthesis)
  • Prof. Steve HOWDLE - Univ. Notthingham, UK (enzymatic polymerization in supercritical CO2)
  • Prof. Michael CUNNINGHAM - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (synthesis of CNC hybrid latexes),

Research topics

  • Controlled radical polymerizations (Photoiniferters, NMP, ATRP, RAFT, ITP, RITP)
    • Mechanisms
    • Kinetics
    • Well-defined architectures : graft, block, gradient copolymers
  • Polymerizations in dispersed media
    • Emulsion polymerization ; Hybrid latexes
    • Dispersion polymerization
    • Suspension polymerization
  • Self-assembly of polymers
    • Bottom-up elaboration of hybrid materials
  • Polymers in unconventional media.
    • Synthesis and use of polymers in liquid or supercritical carbon dioxide for the :
      • Design of CO2-soluble macromolecular surfactants
      • Dispersion polymerization
      • Emulsification (water/scCO2, IL/scCO2)
      • Dispersion of solid particles
      • Complexation of metal ions
      • Extraction/Decontamination
      • Impregnation/Functionalization
      • Elaboration of hybrid materials
      • Recycling of noble/strategic metals

Download the list of your publications in csv format or Pdf

  • Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes
    Polymères et CO2 supercritique,
    Actual Chim. 2017, 422-423, 76-82
  • Vincent Ladmiral, Renaud Jeannin, Kepa Fernandes Lizarazu, Joséphine Lai Kee Him, Patrick Bron, Patrick Lacroix-Desmazes and Sylvain Caillol
    Aromatic biobased polymer latex from cardanol,
    Eur. Polym. J. 2017, 93, 785-794

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