Laurent Billon received an M.S. degree from the University of Bordeaux (1992) where he worked on anionic ring opening polymerization of cyclosilaxanes. He obtained his Ph.D. degree on synthesis of functional telechelic polyimides in 1996 at the University of Pau (UPPA), France. Subsequent to postdoctoral research for Rhodia/Schlumberger on electro-rheological poly zwitterionic fluids (1998) and Arkema USA on acrylic-modified fluoropolymers by seeded emulsion (1999), he started his career as an Associate Professor in 2000 at the UPPA where he earned the position of Full Professor in 2010. His research interest focuses on the design of well- defined polymer structures, especially block and gradient copolymers, by controlled radical polymerization techniques. His research activity is also focused on the development of surface initiated nitroxide mediated polymerization to design functional hybrid colloidal particles and pigments with industrial partners. A special attention concerns the self-organized nano/micron structures, such as colloidal crystal, inverse opal or honeycomb patterns, for photonic and responsive surfaces. He has published over 60 research papers and 5 patents.
Biography Updated on 7 March 2012