I. A propos
He is the head of the department “Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials” of ICGM. This department focuses on low environmental impact polymers and on polymers for life sciences.
His research interests cover reversible-deactivation radical polymerizations, polymerizations in dispersed media (including aqueous biobased latexes), as well as the synthesis and use of polymers in supercritical carbon dioxide.
Some of his research projects are related to green chemistry (e.g. biobased materials, clean processes) and circular economy (e.g. recycling of critical materials).
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 reverse iodine transfer polymerization (RITP), a new promising method for controlled/living radical polymerization. He received his Habilitation Degree in 2004. In 2009, 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). After leading the team Engineering Macromolecular Architectures (IAM) (2015-2020), he is since 2021 the head of the department Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials of the Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier.
- January 2021: Head of the department “Macromolecular Chemistry and Materials” (C3M)
- 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: Senior distinguished member of the French Chemical Society.
- 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.
II. Activités de recherche
- Controlled radical polymerizations (Photoiniferters, NMP, ATRP, RAFT, ITP, RITP)
- Well-defined architectures : graft, block, gradient copolymers
- Polymerizations in dispersed media
- Emulsion polymerization ; Hybrid latexes, Biobased 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
- Elaboration of hybrid materials
- Recycling of noble/strategic/critical metals