CNRS (France)

The institutions

The “Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique” (CNRS) (National Center for Scientific Research)  is a government-funded research organization under the administrative authority of French Ministry in charge of research. CNRS is the main fundamental research organization in Europe and is largely involved in national, European, and international projects covering all fields of knowledge. CNRS is organized in 1,211 laboratories, either intramural or in partnership with universities, other research organizations or industry. The present project will be managed by the Paris B Regional Office of CNRS (DR2) which is fully experienced in this field with dedicated staff in legal, financial and administrative issues.

The Research Institute of Chimie Paris is the institute focusing the research efforts of Chimie ParisTech. The research performed at IRCP covers a broad range of topics in chemical and physicochemical sciences: from molecular chemistry and polymer chemistry, to energy, materials and processes. The Institute currently counts 225 researchers with 102 permanent staff members.


Department: Research Institute of Chimie Paris (IRCP)

The research work will be carried out by the group of Organometallic Chemistry and Polymerization Catalysis (COCP) of the IRPCP, a joint research unit CNRS/Chimie ParisTech.

The research work for the SSUCHY project will be carried out within the “Organometallic Chemistry and Polymerization Catalysis” group. The research focus of the COCP group is the development of new synthetic strategies for producing small molecules and polymers of defined structure. The central theme of this program is the interplay between the structures and reactivity of organometallic compounds, especially in systems that are relevant to polymerization catalysis to tune microstructure. The COCP group seeks to design and study novel organometallic complexes for use as polymerization catalysts, taking into account the growing concerns on sustainable development and environmental protection (low waste production, low energy consumption, reactions without solvent, one-pot catalysis). Finally, the COCP group is also involved in several aspects of bio-related materials using mainly organic and polymer chemistry. These materials are either biomimetic and inspired by Nature (such as polymersomes, smart surfaces), or designed to interact with life sciences for biotechnological and medical applications (such as polymer nanoparticles, polymer-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles, antiadhesive surface).

The COCP group was founded with the arrival in 2008 of C. Thomas (Professor) at Chimie ParisTech after 4 years in Rennes. Carine Robert joined the group as an assistant professor in 2013 and she has acquired an expertise in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis applied to polymer synthesis. Frédéric de Montigny and Pierre Haquette are working in the group since 2009, where they hold a position as assistant professors, and have a strong experience in ligand design and organometallic chemistry. G. Cahiez (CNRS senior researcher), A. Moyeux (assistant prof.), M.-H. Li (CNRS senior researcher) and V. Semetey (CNRS researcher) joined the group in 2015. Their areas of expertise comprise organic synthesis and characterization of physical properties of polymers.


Main tasks in SSUCHY

The group members combine all the complementary know-how that is necessary to successfully conduct their task (i.e., production of bio-based thermoplastics suitable for biocomposite applications) in WP 3, which encompasses organic, organometallic and polymer chemistry as well as homogeneous catalysis. This bio-based thermoplastic approach will be developed in strong collaboration with the group of Green Chemistry and Sustainable Polymers (GGCSP).


Significant infrastructure and equipment

RCP is supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. IRCP can provide a complete range of equipment, facilities and technical expertise to support WP 3 studies. The IRCP laboratories include specialist facilities for biochemical, computational, instrumental, and synthetic activities. IRCP is also served with a wide range of research grade equipment and spectrometers. IRCP has many well-equipped research laboratories all with facilities and equipment to cater for diverse range of research interests. In particular, IRCP has invested heavily in instrumentation vital to research including NMR, Mass Spectrometers, X-ray Diffractometers, electronic microscopy, Maldi-TOF spectrometry, differential scanning calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography, epifluorescence microscope, gas chromatography and high pressure liquid chromatography.


PhD and Post-docs involved in SSUCHY:

Zahra MAZLOOMI, Post-doc (


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