Chemical upcycling of single-use polymeric materials, known as “plastic”, is part of a general process of recovering post-consumer waste, and converting them into new high added value materials or specialty chemical products (e.g. fuels, surfactants, oils, etc.). The main quality of recalcitrant plastics based on polyolefin, such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene, is their robustness, but also their chemical inertness. As a matter of fact, they degrade extremely slowly with time due to the lack of chemical handles, limiting possibilities to diversify their properties and to expand their applications. Yet, recent studies have shown that C-H bond activation of polyolefin is achievable, allowing the incorporation of reactive chemical groups on the polymer backbone, opening new avenues for the synthesis of materials with improved performance.
The aim of this project is thus to functionalize a variety of commodity polymers including polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene, through the incorporation on the carbon backbone of specific functional groups, which can be modified on demand, depending on the targeted applicationOffer Requirements
Candidates are invited to apply for a 6-month Master 2 internship starting in January-February 2023.
The candidate will have obtained a Bachelor + Master 1 degree or be in the final year of engineering school and have a very good level in organic and organometallic chemistry. The candidate will have a good expertise in organic synthesis in the laboratory and experience in manipulations under inert atmosphere. Finally, he/she will have good practice in all modern spectroscopic methods (1D and 2D NMR, mass spectrometry, ....). An interest in polymer chemistry would be a plus, as this project is part of a larger programme involving a polymer team.Contact Information