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CIFRE - Macromolecular Engineering of Electroactive Polymers - CIFRE Grant with ARKEMA

ABG-93553 Thesis topic
2020-09-15 > €25,000 and < €35,000 annual gross
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CIFRE - Macromolecular Engineering of Electroactive Polymers - CIFRE Grant with ARKEMA
  • Chemistry
  • Materials science
  • Engineering sciences
Electroactive polymers, Dielectric properties, printing techniques

Topic description

In the framework of the industrial chair SMILE “Smart Polymer Ferrotronic Materials for Environmental Monitoring and Energy Conversion” in collaboration with ARKEMA, ISORG, SURYS and VALEO companies, a CIFRE Ph.D. candidate is sought to work on an interdisciplinary project targeting the development of applicative demonstrators (energy transducers, flexible sensors, electromechanical actuators) based on the formulation, processing via printing methodologies and optimization of Electroactive Fluorinated Polymers (EFP). Indeed, as multifunctional electroactive materials, EFP are unique thanks to their exceptionally efficient conversion from mechanical, sound, or thermal energy into electrical power (and vice-versa). In addition to high output performance, another outstanding feature of EFP is their ability to be integrated via printing methods for flexible and stretchable electronics, broadening the range of applications such as in wearable electronics or bendable displays. Nevertheless, their application in flexible, highly mobile and compact devices still needs to be leveraged both in terms of performance optimization and integration capability.

Consequently, the Ph.D. candidate will more particularly study industrially scalable synthetic routes for the production of EFP in order to control the various monomer incorporation rates. Experimental polymerization kinetics will be associated with modeling to precisely manipulate the EFP sequence leading to molecularly-precise polymer architectures. As such sequence regulation enables a more effective control of structure-property relationships in EFPs, structural and dielectric characterizations will thus establish the macromolecular design rules leading to optimized EFP properties for the targeted applications. The Ph.D. candidate will highly benefit from the PIEZOTECH-ARKEMA facility at Pierre-Bénite dedicated to the synthesis of EFP at both pilot and industrial scale.

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Since its creation in 1985, the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (LCPO) has been focusing its academic research in Polymer Science on the mechanisms of polymerization and macromolecular engineering. While these two domains are still the background of our activity, important projects are oriented towards the design of functional high value-added polymers and the study of their macroscopic properties for target applications, in particular in the domains of life sciences, energy and technology. Green and biomimetic synthetic approaches together with the understanding of structure/properties relationships are presenting the core of our scientific strategy.

PhD title

Doctorat en Science des Polymères

Country where you obtained your PhD


Institution awarding doctoral degree

Université de Bordeaux

Graduate school

Ecole doctorale de Sciences Chimiques

Candidate's profile

Applicants should hold a Master in Materials Science with a solid expertise in polymers and structural characterization techniques. Basic knowledge in the dielectric properties of organic or inorganic materials is highly desired. Teamwork capabilities and good skills in English are required.

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