Sophie Guillaume

CNRS Research Director

Email : sophie [dot] guillaume [at] univ-rennes [dot] fr

Phone : +33 (0) 2 23 23 58 80

Office number : 919 - Build. 10C

ORCID iD - Web of Science ResearcherID

Professional experience

  • 2022- Deputy Director Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (ISCR), Rennes, France
  • 2011 Research director - CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) – University of Rennes 1 - UMR 6226 – Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (ISCR), Rennes, France
  • 2006-11 Senior research associate - CNRS – University of Rennes 1 - UMR 6226 - Rennes Institute of Chemical Sciences (ISCR), Rennes, France
  • 2000-06 Senior research associate - CNRS – University of Bordeaux 1 - UMR 5629 - Laboratory of Chemistry of Organic Polymers (LCPO), Bordeaux, France
  • 1994-00 Research associate - CNRS - URA 331 - Laboratory of Reactivity & Mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry (LRMCI), CEA Saclay, France
  • 1993-94 Research assistant - CEA (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) – Department of Molecular Chemical Sciences, Saclay, France


  • 2004 Habilitation in Chemical Sciences – Polymer Chemistry - University of Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux, France
  • 2000 Master in Polymer - University of Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux, France
  • 1992 Ph. D. in Inorganic-Organometallic Chemistry - Syracuse University, Syracuse, New-York, USA
  • 1989 M. Sc. In Inorganic Chemistry - Syracuse University, Syracuse, New-York, USA
  • 1987 Teaching-Assistant certificate - Syracuse University, Syracuse, New-York, USA
  • 1987 Master in Chemistry - University of Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux, France

Research interests

My research interests mainly focus on polymer chemistry toward industrial and biomedical applications:

  • Green & biobased chemistry: Original monomers and polymers derived from bio-renewable resources; (bio)degradable polymers issued from the biomass
  • Polymerization: New catalytic systems (metallic, organic, multicomponent); molecular and homogeneous catalysis for polymers; synthesis of (co)polymers (ROP, ROMP, polyaddition, polycondensation, chemical modification, microstructurally-controlled polymers, stereoselective polymerization), characterization of (co)polymers (NMR 1D & 2D, SEC, HPLC, flash chromatography, DSC, TGA, TEM, SEM, FTIR, UV, contact angle); polymerization mechanisms, experimental & theoretical approaches (DFT)
  • Macromolecular engineering: Functional and reactive (co)polymers; polyesters, polycarbonates, polypeptides, polyurethanes, non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs), polyhydroxyurethanes, polyolefins, silyl modified polymers (SMPs); Copolymers (linear, star shaped, block, tapered, random): synthesis (sequential/simultaneous copolymerization, chemical modification), self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers, formulation of nanopartic
  •  Polymers & environment: biomass recovery, CO2 exploitation, (bio)degradable polymers, recyclable polymers, alternative polymers to fossil-based plastics
  • Polymers for the living: Biocompatible & biodegradable polymers; therapeutic polymers & diagnostic polymers: drug-delivery systems, thermogelling polymers, conjugated polymers
  • Organometallic chemistry: Transition metal complexes, «Single-site» catalysts

Ongoing collaborations

  • Dr M. Slawinski, Dr J. Brisse ,Total Petrochemicals Research, Feluy, Belgique; Dr A. Chanal, Dr A. Godina, Biotechnologies & Biofuels Division, Total, Paris, France: Catalytic polymerization of bio-based monomers
  • Dr. S. Fouquay, Dr F. Simon, Dr G. Michaud, Bostik - Arkema, France: Non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs) and Silyl modified polyolefines (SMPs)
  • Pr C. Chassenieux, Institut des Molécules et Matériaux du Mans, Le Mans, France: Structure-physico-chemical properties relationship of nanoparticles derived from poly(hydroxyalcanoate)s
  • Prof. X. J. Loh (Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore): Novel thermo-responsive poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s based copolymers for biomedical applications


Teaching lectures in Polymers for MSc students in Catalysis & Molecular Chemistry (International program; University of Rennes 1, France)

Main Administrative and Collective Activities

  • National Representative IUPAC Polymer Division (2022-present)
  • Appointed member of the Comité national de la recherche scientifique - Section 11 (2021-present)
  • Associate Editor of ACS Applied Polymer Materials (ACS) (2021-present),
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Applied Polymer Materials (ACS) (2020-21), Macromolecules (ACS) (2018-21), Polymer Chemistry (RSC) (2016- present), Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley) (2011-present), Frontiers in Chemistry-Polymer Chemistry (NPG) (2014-present)
  • President (2018-21) & Honorary president (2021-present) of the French Polymers Group GFP, of the GFP-Large West Region of France (2011-18)
  • President of the SCF Polymers and Materials Division (2018-21)
  • ISCR Communication  manager (2017-present)
  • ISCR Scientific Animation manager (2017-21)
  • Member of the ISCR Council (2011-present)
  • Member of the UFR Committee “Structure et Propriétés de la Matière” - University of Rennes 1 (2009-11)
  • Member of scientific executive committee at the Centre De Biotechnologie en Bretagne- CapBiotek Bretagne (CBB-CapBiotek) (2008-16)
  • Regular scientific expert for research and evaluation agencies; national: ANR, ADEME, UPMC/Sorbonne Université,...; and international: ACS Petrol. Fund, ESF, FNRS, FRQNT, FWO, NWO, PLN, Science Foundation Ireland, SNSF, ...

Main Honors, Awards

  • Région Bretagne ACOMB research award, 2007
  • Rennes Métropole AIS research award, 2008
  • University of Rennes Emerging Scientific Challenges grant, 2012


Publications referenced in HAL since 2006