The Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques, LCPO is a joint research unit (UMR 5629) of the Bordeaux University, the CNRS and the Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute. It gathers 25 permanent researchers, an administrative and engineering staff of 15 people and about 90 PhDs, Postdocs, Masters and invited professors. Researches at the LCPO focus on the development of new functional polymers for targeted applications in various fields, like sustainable development, life science and energy. With more than 30 years of expertise in the field of polymer science, the LCPO is highly involved in (1) the development of new methodologies for the precision synthesis of polymers through biomimetic and/or green chemistry concepts and (2) the development of functional polymeric materials through macromolecular engineering and self-assembly.
LCPO is at the heart of INCREASE. Particularly, LCPO brings to INCREASE its scientific expertise in the field of polymerization catalyses (organometallic, organic, enzymatic and biomimetic), macromolecular engineering (catalyst supports, nanoreactors, nanostructures, amphiphilic block copolymers based on polysaccharides), polymerization in dispersed media (water, scCO2), depolymerization of polysaccharides and lignin to design original synthons, bio-sourced polymers from lipids and other renewable feedstocks and chemical modification of nanocelluloses and chitosan towards functional materials. LCPO also brings to INCREASE its technical platform Xylochem (Equipex Xyloforest; www.xyloforest.org) devoted to the biomass deconstruction.