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Biobased and/or Biodegradable polymers, for Environmental & Biomedical Applications

-> Integration, from the biomass to final objects: Biochemistry [Bioproduction / White Biotech], Polymer Chemistry, Formulation & Process

Bioplastics, Biopolymers, Green Polymers, Sustainable Materials, Biomaterials:

  • Study of the "Materials (Morphology or Chemical Structure), Properties and Processing (or Use)" relationships.
  • Study of the (macro/micro/nano) structurations of multiphase systems (Nano-biocomposites based on nanoclays, Biocomposites based on cellulose fibers, Blends or Plasticized systems).

Biodegradable Materials based on Polymers, and corresponding multiphase systems (for biomedical applications, compostable packaging, ...):

  • Thermoplastic starch, thermoplastic chitosan,
  • Bio(co)polyesters: PLA, PCL, PHA, PBSA, PBS, PBAT ...
  • Synthesis by Enzymatic Catalysis of biopolyesters.

New Biobased and Durable Materials (for building, automotive industries ...):

  • New Vegetable oil-based polymers.
  • New aromatic macromolecular architectures based on lignins and tannins.
  • Novative Biobased TPU, PU, NIPU & PA.

Specific Biomedical Developments:

  • Tissue Engineering, scaffolds developed by electrospinning.
  • Wound dressings.
  • Biosensors, Drug Release ...


> Book Edition:

- Susheel Kalia & Luc Avérous (Eds). Biopolymers: Biomedical And Environmental Applications. John Wiley & Scrivener Publishing. Publicat. Date: 07/2011. 642 p. ISBN: 9780470639238

- Luc Avérous & Eric Pollet (Eds). Environmental Silicate Nano-biocomposites. Springer-Verlag (London). Publication 05/2012, 461 p. ISBN : 978-1-4471-4101-3

- Peter Halley & Luc Avérous. (Eds) Starch Polymers. From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications, 1st Edition. Elsevier Limited Publication. Publication April 2014, 484 p. ISBN : 978-0-4445-37317

- Susheel Kalia & Luc Avérous (Eds). Biodegradable and bio-based polymers for Biomedical And Environmental Applications. John Wiley & Scrivener Publishing. Publicat. Date: 02/2016. 350 p. ISBN: 978-1119117339


> Recent Publications (2015):

Articles - International Journals:

- Bonametti Olivato J., Marini J., Pollet E., Yamashita F., Grossmann M.V.E., Averous L. (2015) “Elaboration, morphology and properties of starch/polyester nano-biocomposites based on sepiolite clay” Carbohydrate Polymers. Vol. 118, pp. 250–256

- Oster M., Hébraud A., Pollet E., Lapp A., Avérous L., Schlatter G. (2015) « Star-pseudopolyrotaxane organized in nanoplatelet micelles for poly(ε-caprolactone)-based nanofibrous scaffolds with enhanced surface reactivity” Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Vol. 36, pp. 292−297

- Öztürk Düşkünkorur H., Bégué A., Pollet E., Phalip V., Güvenilir Y., Avérous L. (2015) “Enzymatic ring-opening (co)polymerization of lactide stereoisomers catalyzed by lipases. Toward the in situ synthesis of organic/inorganic nanohybrids." Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic. Vol. 115, pp. 20–28.

- Arbenz A., Avérous L. (2015) “Oxyalkylation of gambier tannin - Synthesis and characterization of ensuing biobased polyols”. Industrial Crops and Products. Vol. 67, pp. 295-304.

- Reulier M., Averous L. (2015) « Elaboration, morphology and properties of renewable thermoplastics blends, based on polyamide and polyurethane synthesized from dimer fatty acids. » European Polymer Journal, Vol. 67, pp. 418–427

- Meszynska A., Pollet E., Odelius K., Hakkarainen M., Avérous L. (2015) “Effect of oligo-hydroxyalkanoates on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate)-based systems”. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Vol. 300, N°6, pp. 561–666.

- Arbenz A., Avérous L. (2015) “Chemical modification of tannins to elaborate aromatic biobased macromolecular architectures” Green Chemistry. Vol. 67, pp. 2626-2646.

- Ribeiro Neto W.A., de Paula A.C.C., Martins T.M.M., Goes A.M., Avérous L., Schlatter G., Bretas R.E.S. (2015) “Poly (butylene adipate-co-terephthalate)/Hydroxyapatite Composite Structures for Bone Tissue Recovery” Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 120, pp. 61–69

- Reulier M., Averous L. (2015) “Corrigendum to « Elaboration, morphology and properties of renewable thermoplastics blends, based on polyamide and polyurethane synthesized from dimer fatty acids. »” European Polymer Journal, Vol. 69, pp. 62-63

- Duchiron S., Pollet E., Givry S., Avérous L. (2015) “Mixed systems to assist enzymatic ring opening polymerization of lactide stereoisomers” RSC Advances. Vol. 5, pp. 84627 – 84635

- Pérez–Camargo R.A., Saenz G., Laurichesse S., Casas M.T., Puiggalí J., Avérous L., Müller A.J. (201X) ”Nucleation, crystallization and thermal fractionation of poly(ε-caprolactone)-grafted-lignin: Effects of grafted chains length and lignin content" Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics. DOI: 10.1002/polb.23897

- Reulier M., Matadi Boumbimba R., Rasselet D., Averous L. (201X) "Renewable thermoplastic multiphase systems from dimer fatty acids, with mineral microfillers" Journal of Applied Polymer Science. DOI:


 Books Chapters:

- Xie F., Pollet E., Halley P., Avérous L. (2015) « Advanced nano-biocomposites based on starch » in « Polysaccharides: bioactivity and biotechnology», Eds: Kishan Gopal Ramawat & Jean-Michel Mérillon, Springer-Verlag (London). chap. 50 pp.1-75 (ISBN: 9783319037516)

- Xie F., Avérous L., Halley P., Liu P. (2015) “Mechanical performance of starch-based bio-composites” in “Biocomposites: Design and Mechanical Performance” Eds Manjusri Misra, Jitendra Kumar Pandey & Amar Kumar Mohanty. Woodhead Publishing. Chap. 4 pp. 53-92 (ISBN : 978-1-782423942)


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Leading International Expert in Biobased and/or Biodegradable Polymers, for environmental and biomedical applications


E-mail: bio_polymers [at] yahoo.fr



University of Strasbourg - France


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