Team of chair in Bioplastics

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Postdocs involved in the chair in  Bioplastics

Bulota Mindaugas

BULOTA Mindaugas

" Humans have been making composites for more than 2000 years, however, there is still a lot of room for improvement, especially, in making materials stronger, lighter and sustainable. Thus an opportunity to be directly involved in the development of biocomposites within the Industrial Chair in Bioplastics is a great and interesting challenge. "

Postdoc subject : Algae-based biocomposites.


Master of Science (2008)

Helsinki University of Technology (HUT), Finland
Option: Forest Products Technology, 2008

PhD (2012)

Aalto University, Finland
Spécialization : Chemical Technology
Subject : Deformation mechanisms in nanocomposites

Professional experience
  • 2008 - 11 months

UPM Kymmene (Finland)

Assessment of moisture content in wood veneer using IR
  • 2013 - 10 months

Bumaga BV (Netherlands)

Development of novel paper packaging

Ph.D. students involved in the chair in Bioplastics

Ahmed Abdennadher


" To obtain my engineer degree, I did my training research project in Cemef in the frame of the Industrial Chair in Bioplastics, and I explored the composites reinforced with natural fibres. These are very interesting materials, from the ecological, economical and technical points of view. That is why I decided to start a PhD on this topic: this material is environmentally friendly material and prospective for our future."

Ongoing PhD : Correlation between the microstructure and properties of injected natural fibre reinforced composites


Post-master degree in Materials Engineering (MATMEF),
Ecole Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech)
Option « Polymers », 2012

Materials Engineer
National School of Engineers of Sfax (ENIS)
Option « Molds and Plastics », 2011

  • 2012 - six months

Carbone Savoie-RioTinto Alcan (Lyon)

“Modelling of behaviour and extrusion of carbon pastes”
  • 2011 - six months

Industrial Chair in Bioplastics : CEMEF, Nestlé, Peugeot, Schneider Electric, L’Oréal and Arkema (MINES ParisTech –CEMEF Sophia Antipolis)

”Development of composites based on polypropylene and natural fibres »
  • 2010 - five months

SOPAL (Brass producing company) & Aquaplast (Sanitary plastic company, Tunisia)

"Mold design and simulation of ABS plastic injection"

Yang Fu

FU Yang

"The experiences accumulated in laboratory provided me not only solid knowledge of polymer, but strong will to continue my research in this domain, in which the bio-based polymer becomes more and more significant for our life thanks to its harmony relationship with the environment. Inspired by that idea, I decided to do my doctor’s study in the Industrial Chair in Bioplastics. "

Ongoing Ph.D. : Ternary mixtures of incompatible bio-based polymers


Research Master
Superior School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of Paris
Option: Chemistry and Physical Chemistry of Materials 2010

  • 2010 - 4 months

ESPCI (Paris)

Analysis of the toughness of epoxy networks incorporated with "soft" inclusion
  • 2009 - 5 months

ESPCI - Saint Gobain (Paris)

Study on the interaction between plasticizer and industrial plaster
  • 2008 - 5 months

ESPCI (Paris)

Study on epoxy amine anti-shock and anti-fire

François Besson

BESSON François

" Nature is able to provide the materials for tomorrow. It is up to us to learn to use these resources and to work out the technical innovations which will allow the use of environment-friendly materials on a large scale."

PhD topic : Mixtures of cellulose ester with polyolefine for the mechanical reinforcement


Chemical Engineer
National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier
Specialisations in polymer chemistry and in sustainable chemistry, 2009

  • 2009 - 6 months

ARKEMA (Serquigny, Haute-Normandie)

Set up and application of a new rheological characterization method for cross-linking of Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) films used in the Photovoltaic domain.
  • 2007 - 15 months

SOLVAY (Bruxelles, Belgique)

Development of formulations of waterborne anti-corrosive paints without VOC.

Thibaut Gérard

GERARD Thibaut

" The different R&D training periods I have carried out encouraged me to continue my studies by doing a PhD thesis. I decided to do my thesis at CEMEF within the Industrial Chair in Bioplastics because of the numerous challenges in the development of new bio-based materials."

PhD topic : Formulation and characterization of Polylactide (PLA)/Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) blends

PhD defended 29th of August 2013
  • Chemist engineer
    European Engineering school of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials Science
    (ECPM)of Strasbourg, 2009

  • Research Master « Polymer Materials » of the University of Strasbourg, 2009

  • 2009 - 6 months

Arkema (Serquigny, Haute-Normandie)

Development of new materials for off-shore applications
  • 2008 - 9 months

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Allemagne)

  • Study of a method to obtain polymer composites by precipitation in various solvents
  • Development of a new formulation of expandable particles
  •  2007 - 6 months

Lafarge (Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, Isère

Formulation and characterization of cement tablets with natural polymers (polysaccharides)

Le Duc Anne

Le DUC Anne

"What I like about this innovative subject is the link with environment and to be involved in making cleaner materials. I am also motivated to work with natural substances and to look how the nature builds them. This research concerning green materials will lead to the emergence of new ideas and techniques. "

PhD topic : Behaviour of natural fibres during composite processing

  • Chemical Engineer
    at the Chemistry School of Clermont-Ferrand
    (ENSCCF), Specialty Polymers, 2008

  • End of studies project : European Union regulation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) :

    Information to small and medium sized businesses, Setting of procedures

  • 2008 - 6 months

Sabic Innovative Plastics (Pays Bas)

Compounding and characterization of polycarbonate made from starch
  • 2007 - 2 months

Université Laval (Québec)

Emulsion polymerization of PS nanoparticles doped by a luminescent complex
  •  2006 - 4 months

Institut of food research (Angleterre)

Study of the enzymatic synergy on the degradation of spent grains in order to elaborate new uses

Edwige Privas


"  The materials coming from renewable resources attract a lot of attention and several questions need to be understood for a industriall development. Following my interest in doing research combined with the challenges in the development of new green materials I have started a PhD within the Industrial Chair on Bioplastics.  "

Ph.D. topic: New lignocellulosic materials

PhD defended 8th of August 2013

Chemist engineer
School of Chemistry and Physics of Bordeaux
(ENSCPB), Polymer Engineering and Formulation, 2009.

  • 2009 - 6 months

SOLVAY (Inergy Automotive Systems) – Bruxelles

Innovative materials for fuel tank application (nanocomposite and nanostructured blend).
  • 2008 - 5 months

SABIC Innovative Plastics – Bergen op Zoom (NL)

Flammability properties of a bio-based polycarbonate.

Invited professor:

PATLAZHAN Stanislav, Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Subject: Bioplastic blends

Trainee students involved in the work of the Chair in Bioplastics

Name, family name University Topic


Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, de Biologie et de Physique, Bordeaux Preparation and characterisation of polymer blends with cellulose derivatives

BERRO Mouhannad

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieur de Caen Preparation and characterisation of bioplastic blends


Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier Synthesis of block copolymers for polymer blends


Universitatea Technica din Cluj-Napoca Morphology and mecanical properties of bioplactics
( Visit in the frame of his PhD thesis )


Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie, de Biologie et de Physique, Bordeaux Composites based on polypropylene and natural fibres

NOTO Tiffany

Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénieur de Toulon et du Var Mixtures of polymers from biotechnology: PHA and PLA

JERBI Achraf

Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisie Composites based on lignin and natural fibres


Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisie Development of composites based on polypropylene and natural fibres


Université de Nice Characterisation of binary mixtures of biomass-based polymers : interfacial tension measurements

ASSASSA Jonathan

Institut des Sciences de l’Ingénieur de Toulon et du Var Development of high pressure press

Cemef senior scientists involved in the chair in Bioplastics

Tatiana Budtova

Holder of the chair in Bioplastics

Senior researcher in the Centre of Materials Forming of MINES ParisTech.

She obtained her PhD in polymer physics in 1992 in the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St.-Petersburg and Habilitation in MINES ParisTech/University of Nice in 1999. The area of her research interests was in interpolymer complexes and superabsorbent gels.

In the last ten years she has focused on polysaccharides and in particular, on cellulose processing using “green” solvents: from cellulose dissolution and solution- and gel-state properties to cellulose regeneration and preparation of highly porous materials.
She is also working on starch and understanding of the correlation between taste perception and behaviour of one starch granule and starch suspension under flow. Mixtures of natural polymers (cellulose+lignin, starch+carrageenan) are also in the sphere of her interests.

Tatiana Budtova is managing European, national and bilateral projects directly sponsored by companies. She published more than 70 scientific articles in the international refereed journals.

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Patrick Navard

NAVARD Patrick

Head of the Polymer Chemical Physics group

He is graduated in physics from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (1978) and passed a master in biology (1978) and Doctorate of Sciences (1982) from Lyon university and a PhD (1981) in Ecole des Mines de Paris. He is presently research director in CNRS.

He is a specialist of physics, rheology and processing of polymers, including polysaccharides. He is the author or co-author of more than 120 scientific papers. He is coordinating EPNOE, the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence since 2005, with 16 research institutions from 9 countries.
He is interested in understanding the structuration of plant cells, their relations with dissolution, rheology and thermodynamics of cellulose solutions, and cellulose-based product processing.
More recently, he started to study the physical properties and the processing of blends with biomass-based polymers (cellulose, hemicelluloses, chitin, ..) and the development of new biomass-based composites (lignin, thermoplastics).

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Bruno Vergnes


Head of the Rheology & Polymer Processing group

Bruno Vergnes is ENSTA engineer in Industrial Engineering. He got a PhD from Ecole des Mines de Paris and Habilitation from University of Nice. He started to work in the eighties on starch transformation and rheological properties, for applications in extrusion-cooking. This work led in particular to the development of the twin screw extrusion software Ludovic©.

In the field of bioplastics, he is mainly interested in the rheological behaviour and the processing of starchy products, in both experiments and modelling aspects.

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