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Reference : UMR5629-DANTAT-004
Workplace : PESSAC
Date of publication : Monday, December 20, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 18 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : between 2663 and 3069€ gross salary per month depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
This collaborative and multidisciplinary project, between the LCPO in Bordeaux and the BBF laboratory in Marseille, is financed by the CARNOT 3BCAR. It concerns a subject of great societal importance, namely, the reduction of the footprint of plastics on the environment, with the objective of positioning plastics at the center of a circular economy. The aim is to use highly selective biocatalytic tools, while operating under mild conditions.
More specifically, the goal is to study the degradation of recalcitrant plastics through the use of fungal enzymes. This approach could pave the way for large-scale chemo-enzymatic recycling of plastics. Particular attention will be paid to the analysis of degradation products, to the underlying mechanisms of the reactions involved, as well as to the correlation between the physico-chemical characteristics of the polymer constituting the plastic, and its capacity to be degraded by enzymes.
Synthesis of tailor-made polymers
Study of the degradability of polymers by fungal enzymes
Evaluation of the physico-chemical properties of polymers before and after enzymatic treatment
Writing of reports and articles
Skills in organic chemistry and macromolecular synthesis.
Knowledge of polymerization processes (solution, emulsion, etc.).
Knowledge of polymer characterization techniques (SEC, DSC, NMR, etc.).
Knowledge in biocatalysis would be appreciated
The Laboratory of Organic Polymer Chemistry (LCPO) is a joint research unit affiliated to the CNRS, the University of Bordeaux and the Bordeaux Polytechnic Institute (http://www.lcpo.fr). The LCPO is composed of 4 research teams and includes nearly 150 people, including about 50 permanent staff.
With more than 30 years of experience in polymer chemistry, the LCPO's research aims at:
- developping innovative methodologies for the precision synthesis of polymers, using biomimetic and/or green chemistry approaches
- designing functional polymeric materials by macromolecular engineering and self-assembly, particularly in the fields of renewable materials, health and energy
- establishing permanent links with the socio-economic world.
The recruited candidate will be under the supervision of Daniel Taton within the LCPO team 1, in close collaboration with Bastien Bissaro and Jean-Guy Berrin at BBF. He/she will hold a PhD in polymer science or biocatalysis.
Team 1, entitled "Catalyses and Polymerization Engineering", is headed by Frédéric Peruch. The team develops alternative strategies for the synthesis of "tailor-made" polymers with as main directions:
- the design of activation or catalysis systems for highly selective polymerization reactions
- the development of recyclable and bio-inspired catalytic nanoreactors operating in aqueous media
- engineering of polymers, nanoparticles or nanostructures for targeted functions and applications.
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