Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Junior Research Fellow



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Charles is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. His main research focus on the design of new versatile catalysts for polymerisation reactions along with original methodologies for the preparation of polymers from renewable resources.

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Graduated in 2008 from Université de Rennes 1 were he obtained his M.Sc degree as well his engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), Charles then obtained his Ph.D in 2011 from Université de Strasbourg under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Dagorne and Dr. Stéphane Bellemin-Laponnaz. The subject of his thesis project dealt with the synthesis and the reactivity study of group 4 metals complexes bearing NHC ligands and their applications to the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic polar monomers.

He joined Econic-Technologies as Research Scientist in January 2012 working on new catalysts for epoxide / CO2 copolymerization.

In February 2013, Charles joined a multidisciplinary EPRSC project dealing with “the deconstruction of biomass and the valorisation of carbohydrates”. Under the supervision of Prof. Charlotte K. Williams at Imperial College London, his main interest now focuses on the synthesis of polyesters and polycarbonates from renewable resources.

Since 2016, Charles is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. Overall, his work led to 30 publications (total citation > 1500, HI = 21), 3 patents and 3 book chapters.



Tay DWP, Nobbs JD, Romain C, et al., 2020, gem-dialkyl effect in diphosphine Ligands: synthesis, coordination behavior, and application in Pd-catalyzed hydroformylation, Acs Catalysis, Vol:10, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:663-671

Gesslbauer S, Savela R, Chen Y, et al., 2019, Exploiting noncovalent interactions for room-temperature heteroselective rac-lactide polymerization using aluminum catalysts, Acs Catalysis, Vol:9, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:7912-7920

Vriamont CEJJ, Chen T, Romain C, et al., 2019, From lignin to chemicals: Hydrogenation of lignin models and mechanistic insights into hydrodeoxygenation via low-temperature C-O bond cleavage, Acs Catalysis, Vol:9, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:2345-2354

Barba A, Dominguez S, Gomez C, et al., 2019, Workflows allowing creation of journal article Supporting Information and FAIR-enabled publication of Spectroscopic data, Acs Omega, Vol:4, ISSN:2470-1343, Pages:3280-3286

Gesslbauer S, Cheek H, White A, et al., 2018, Highly active aluminium catalysts for room temperature ring-opening polymerisation of rac-lactide, Dalton Transactions, Vol:31, ISSN:1477-9226

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