Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Lecturer in Chemistry



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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.

Alongside his research, Charles promotes the use of data repositories for the publication of FAIR data. Charles currently co-leads the Research Data Strategy at DigiFAB.

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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.



Cave-Ayland C, Bearpark M, Romain C, et al., 2022, CHAMP is a HPC Access and Metadata Portal, Journal of Open Source Software, Vol:7, Pages:3824-3824

Baker CA, Romain C, Long NJ, 2021, Cation-π interactions enabling hard/soft Ti/Ag heterobimetallic cooperativity in lactide ring-opening polymerisation, Chemical Communications, Vol:57, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:12524-12527

Gesslbauer S, Hutchinson G, White A, et al., 2021, Chirality-Induced catalyst aggregation: insights into catalyst speciation and activity using chiral aluminum catalysts in cyclic ester ring-opening polymerization, Acs Catalysis, Vol:11, ISSN:2155-5435, Pages:4084-4093

Romain C, Bellemin-Laponnaz S, Dagorne S, 2020, Recent progress on NHC-stabilized early transition metal (group 3-7) complexes: Synthesis and applications, Coordination Chemistry Reviews, Vol:422, ISSN:0010-8545

Romain C, 2020, Going from rooster to roast beef, the experience of a chemist on the other side of the Channel, Actualite Chimique, ISSN:0151-9093

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