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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


> Recent Publications:

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Articles - International Journals:

- Pereira I.H.L., Ayres E., Averous L., Schlatter G., Hebraud A., de Paula A.C.C., Viana P.H.L., Goes A.M., Oréfice R.L (2014) « Differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells seeded on mineralized electrospun co-axial poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)/gelatin nanofibers » Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. Vol. 25, N° 4, pp 1137-1148

- Öztürk Düşkünkorur H., Pollet E., Phalip V., Güvenilir Y., Avérous L. (2014) « Lipase catalyzed synthesis of polycaprolactone and clay-based nanohybrids » Polymer. Vol. 55, N°7, pp. 1648–1655

- Laurichesse S., Avérous L. (2014) “Chemical modification of lignins: towards biobased polymers” Progress in Polymer Science. Vol. 39, N°7, pp. 1266-1290

- Laurichesse S., Huillet C., Avérous L. (2014) “Original polyols based on organosolv lignin and fatty acids: new bio-based building blocks for segmented polyurethanes synthesis” Green Chemistry. Vol. 16, N°8, pp. 3958-3970.

- Marini J., Pollet E., Avérous L., Bretas, RES (2014) « Elaboration and properties of novel biobased nanocomposites with halloysite nanotubes and thermoplastic polyurethane from dimerized fatty acids Polymer » Polymer. Vol 55, N°20, pp. 5226-5234.

- Carré C., Bonnet L., Avérous L., (2014) “Original biobased nonisocyanate polyurethanes: Solvent- and catalyst-free synthesis, thermal properties and rheological behavior” RSC Advances, Vol. 4 N°96, pp. 54018 – 54025

- Charlon M., Heinrich B., Matter Y., Couzigné E., Donnio B., Avérous L. (2014) “Synthesis, structure and properties of fully biobased thermoplastic polyurethanes, obtained from a diisocyanate based on modified dimer fatty acids, and different renewable diols”. European Polymer Journal, Vol. 61, pp.197–205

- Arbenz A., Avérous L. (2014) “Synthesis and characterization of fully biobased aromatic polyols - Oxybutylation of condensed tannins towards new macromolecular architectures." RSC Advances. Vol. 4, N°106, pp. 61564 - 61572

- 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. DOI: 10.1002/marc.201400533

- 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, DOI :10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2014.11.036

- Pereira I.H.L., Ayres E., Averous L., Schlatter G., Hebraud A., Mendes S.T.O.L., Oréfice R. (2014) “Elaboration and characterization of coaxial electrospun poly(ξ-caprolactone)/gelatin nanofibers for biomedical applications” Advances in Polymer Technology. DOI: 10.1002/adv.21475.


 Books Chapters:

- Avérous L., Halley P. (2014) « Preface » in «Starch Polymers - From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications » Eds. Halley P., Avérous L. Elsevier (New York). pp. xviii-ixx (ISBN : 978-0-444-53730-0)

- Avérous L., Halley P. (2014) « Starch Polymers: From the Field to Industrial Products » in «Starch Polymers - From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications » Eds. Halley P., Avérous L. Elsevier (New York). Chap. 1 pp.3-10 (ISBN : 978-0-444-53730-0)

- Avérous L. Pollet E. (2014) « Nanobiocomposites Based on Plasticized Starch » in «Starch Polymers - From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications » Eds. Halley P., Avérous L. Elsevier (New York). Chap. 8 pp. 211-239 (ISBN : 978-0-444-53730-0)

- Avérous L. (2014) «Formulation et mise en œuvre de matériaux multiphasés biodégradables et biosourcés : les matériaux à base d’amidon plastifié »  in « Impact environnemental des polymères et des matières plastiques - solutions et perspectives » Eds. T. Hamaide, R. Deterre & J.F. Feller. Hermes-Lavoisier (Paris). Chap. 9 pp. 209-254 (ISBN : 978-2746245402).

- Avérous L. (2014) «Formulation and Development of Biodegradable and Bio-Based Multiphase Materials: Plasticized Starch-Based Materials » in « Environmental Impact of Polymers » Eds. T. Hamaide, R. Deterre & J.F. Feller. John Wiley & Sons. Chap. 9 pp. (ISBN : 978-1-84821-621-1).

- Khandal D., Pollet E.,  Avérous L (2014). “Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based Multiphase Materials” in “Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Based Blends, Composites and Nanocomposites” Eds Ipsita Roy and Visakh P M., Royal Society of Chemistry, Chap. 6 pp. 119-140. (ISBN: 978-1-84973-946-7)

- 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. X pp. X-X (ISBN : 978-1-782423942)


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