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C3M Team

Molecular Chemistry and Macromolecular Materials

The « Molecular Chemistry and Macromolecular Materials » (C3M) department is involved in fundamental and applied research projects with the ambition to address social and environmental issues of the 21st century.

Relying on a strong complementarity between organic chemists, polymer chemists, soft matter physicochemists and experts in polymer materials, the C3M department is developing original research based on recognized skills and know-how in the following fields: synthesis of (bio)organic molecules using green chemistry methods, synthesis of functional polymers with controlled architecture, polymers nanostructuration in solution or in the solid-state through self-assembly but also near an interface as well as in dilute or concentrated colloidal suspensions. A strong axis of research concerns the valorization of platform molecules derived from plant biomass for the elaboration under irradiation of new biocompatible materials and anti-bacterial coatings/materials derived from biomass.

Many studies focus on the development of multi-scale porous materials, multifunctional polymer nanocomposites or (bio)composites with specific functionalities. Thus, the research themes developed at C3M are perfectly consistent with the objectives of the DIM MaTerRE and encompass various fields of application, including insulation and sustainable construction, vectorization of biologically relevant molecules, tissue engineering, water remediation, heterogeneous flow catalysis, eco-design, membrane technology or even energy storage.


  • Amiel, Catherine
  • Belbekhouche, Sabrina
  • Brissault, Blandine
  • Carbonnier, Benjamin
  • Couturaud, Benoit
  • Grande, Daniel
  • Langlois, Valérie
  • Le Gall, Erwan
  • Le Cœur, Clémence
  • Le Droumaguet, Benjamin
  • Leonel, Eric
  • Mahouche-Chergui, Samia
  • Mikhailovskaya, Alesya
  • Nguyen, Tam
  • Pichon, Christophe
  • Presset, Marc
  • Renard, Estelle
  • Rios de Anda, Agustin
  • Sengmany, Stéphane
  • Versace, Davy-Louis
  • Volet, Gisèle


  • Pierau, L., Elian, C., Akimoto, J., Ito, Y., Caillol, S., Versace, DL., Bio-sourced monomers and cationic photopolymerization-The green combination towards eco-friendly and non-toxic materials, Prog. Polym. Sci. 127 (2022) 101517 DOI10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2022.101517
  • Phan, H., Cavanagh, R., Destouches, D., Vacherot, F., Brissault, B., Taresco, V., Penelle, J., Couturaud, B., H2O2-Responsive Nanocarriers Prepared by RAFT-Mediated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly of N-(2-(Methylthio)ethyl)acrylamide for Biomedical Applications, ACS Appl. Polym. Sci. 4/10 (2022) 7778-7789 DOI10.1021/acsapm.2c013277778
  • Robin, C., Lorthioir, C., Erman, A., Perez, J., Fall, A., Ovarlez, G., Amiel, C., Le Coeur, C., Adsorption of poly(methacrylic acid) onto differently charged silica nanoparticles and its consequences on particles clustering, Colloids Surf 638 (2022) 128287 DOI10.1016/j.colsurfa.2022.128287
  • Xavier, T., Condon, S., Pichon, C., Le Gall, E., Presset, M., Substituted Malonic Acid Half Oxyesters (SMAHOs): Green Nucleophiles for Organic Synthesis, European Journal of Organic Chemistry 5 (2022) DOI10.1002/ejoc.202101392
  • Bakangura, E., Fournier, D., Coumes, F., Woisel, P., Grande, D., Le Droumaguet, B., Functional nanoporous materials from boronate-containing stimuli-responsive diblock copolymers, Polym. Chem. 13/20 (2022) 907-2917 DOI10.1039/d2py00237j

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