lundi 17 juin 2019

Thèse : Synthesis of new, low-impact, isocyanate-free polyurethane foams

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Titre du projet :

« Synthesis of new, low-impact, isocyanate-free polyurethane foams »




Laboratoires : ICGM

Début du projet : 1 octobre 2019

Encadrants : Sylvain Caillol et Claire Negrell (équipe IAM, ICGM, Montpellier)

Financement : CNRS


Tremco Illbruck is an expert in filling, sealing, bonding and coating solutions for the construction and manufacturing industry. Tremco Illbruck believes, it is often the hidden details that play a crucial role in the success and efficiency of a project. The more stringent regulation on the use and handling of toxic products in the chemical industry has prompted the development of alternative methods that respect Human and the Environment. The market for polyurethanes (PUs) is particularly affected by these recent changes since their synthesis requires the use of (poly) isocyanates, many of which being classified carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR). To overcome this limitation, alternative routes are gaining increased attention in both academic and industrial communities.

The aim of this doctoral work is to develop new access routes to isocyanate-free polyurethane foams. The work will focus on the synthesis of monomers, porogenic agents, the study of their polymerization and the physico-chemical characterization of the formulation additives obtained. Work will continue with the formulation of these additives in industrial formulations and their characterization.

This work will be carried out within the Macromolecular Engineering and Architectures (IAM in French) team at the Charles Gerhardt Institute in Montpellier (France), and will be carried out in collaboration with the company Tremco (Netherlands).

The IAM team, based on organic chemistry applied to polymers, is recognized for its technological integration in the development of integrated materials synthesis solutions, from monomers to polymers to meet high performance applications. For many years, it has also developed a chemistry using simple and clean processes and based on sustainable development (polymers derived from renewable resources, substitution, etc.). It is also recognized for its expertise and expertise in the macromolecular chemistry of P and F heteroatoms.


Profil du candidat recherché

The candidate needs a Master of Science or engineer degree, specialized in polymer chemistry. Strong physico-chemistry skills of polymers are also required.

Le contrat de trois ans débutera en octobre 2019.



Candidates should send their CV and cover letter to Dr Sylvain Caillol by July 5, 2019.

For further information, contact: Dr Sylvain Caillol ( or Dr Claire Negrell (

Lieu : Montpellier

Structure d’accueil :  ICGM

Date limite : 5 juillet 2019

Début : 1 octobre 2019

Durée : 3 ans