Permanent staff

Mohamed BABA Prof. UCA (currently in extended leave)
Pierre-Olivier BUSSIERE Prof. Clermont Auvergne INP, leader of POPPI group
Julien CHRISTMANN Assist. prof. UCA
Jean-Luc GARDETTE Emeritus prof. UCA
Yael ISRAELI Assist. prof. UCA
Agnès RIVATON CNRS research director
Sandrine THERIAS CNRS research director, leader of the Photochemsitry team

Non-permanent staff

PhD students

Zhouyun CHEN (UCA thesis since Oct. 2020)


About me
I was born in China and got an engineering's degree from  the Ecole européenne de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM) in 2020.

About my project
My PhD work focuses on the impact of photodegradation on polymer permeability. It takes place within POPPI et PRE groups, under the supervision of Dr. Julien CHRISTMANN and Prof. Mohamed SARAKHA.

Nathan LESAGE (CIFRE thesis since Jul. 2021)


About me
I hold an engineering's degree in Chemistry from Sigma Clermont, "Ingéniérie des structures et des matériaux" option (2021).

About my project
Within the framework of my PhD, I study the photochemical ageing of paints applied on steel and dedicated to building wrapping, especially the influence of mechanical deformation on durability. It occurs with Bacacier company (Riom), under the supervision of
Dr. Sandrine THERIAS and Prof. Pierre-Olivier BUSSIERE.
 
Nicolas PINOCHET (CEA-INES thesis since Jan. 2020)


About me
I hold an engineering's degree in Materials from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Rennes. During my free time, I like cycling, hiking and cross-country skiing.

About my project
My PhD is supervised by Dr. Sandrine THERIAS (POPPI) and Dr. Romain COUDERC (CEA-INES). Its goal is to study the acceleration of UV-induced ageing mechanisms of photovoltaic modulus in order to evaluate their durability.
 
Clara THORAL (CIFRE thesis since Jul. 2020)


About me
I got an engineering's degree in Chemistry from Sigma Clermont, "Matériaux Hautes Performances" in 2019. When I have some free time, I love reading.

About my project
My PhD deals with the photochemical ageing of NBR/PVC mixtures as well as the influence of fillers and additives on stability. It takes place with Trelleborg Industrie company (Clermont-Ferrand), under the supervision of Dr. Sandrine THERIAS and Prof. Pierre-Olivier BUSSIERE.
 

Post-doctoral researchers

Dr. Mohamed HOUSSAT (France Relance project since Jan. 2022)


About me
I hold a engineer's degree in "Matériaux et procédés" from Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech, Morocco, 2015), a MSc in "Génie des matériaux et des surfaces" from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM Paris, France, 2016) and a PhD in "Matériaux pour le génie électrique" from Toulouse University (2020). I also play football.

About my project
My post-doctoral work takes place within a "France Relance" project with the Centre National d'Etude de Photoprotection (CNEP) and deals with the multiscale characterization, the ageing and the additive manufacturing of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).
 
Dr. Daqing JIA (France Relance project since Mar. 2022)


About me
I did my MSc in "Chemical Engineering and Technology" at Soochow University (China) and my PhD at the Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, within the PRE group ("Manganese oxides for degradation of organic contaminants in water").

About my project
My post-doctoral work takes place within POPPI and PRE groups and with SNF company (Andrézieux-Bouthéon). It deals with the study of environmental fate and photodegradation of hydrosoluble polymers derived from acrylamide.
 

Temporary Teaching and Reserach Assistant

Dr. Albert Houcine TOUATI (UCA since Sept. 2021)


About me
I got a MSc in "Chimie Fondamentale" (2010) and an engineering's degree in "Chimie Analytique et Instrumentation" (2012) from Tunis-El Manar University (Tunisia), before a MSc "Sciences de l'Environnement" from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Poitiers (ENSI Poitiers, affiliated to INP Bordeaux) in 2013. I also hold a PhD in "Matériaux et génie des procédés appliqué dans l'aérospatiale" from ENSI Poitiers (2017). I also did 2 post-doctoral contracts at ENSI Poitiers, within a FUI project coordinated by Liebherr-Aerospace company with French and US companies and laboratories. I was associated researcher at Monastir University (Tunisia) within a project gathering US organisms from aerospatial field (2020-2021). I like playing cithare.

About my project
My work deals with physical ageing of polymers (ex. PVK) and its multiscale characterization, especially with Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).
 

Engineers

Maël BURAIS (France Relance project since Janv. 2022)

About me

I got an engineering's degree in Chemistry from Sigma Clermont, "Ingénierie des Produits de Santé et Cosmétiques" option (2021). I come from Drôme (26) et like sport and TV series.

About my project
Within a "France Relance" project with Dômes Pharma company (Pont-du-Château), I work on the lifetime prediction and the impact of new environmentally friendly materials on the durability of a new Doypack technology.
 
Emma MAZEAU (ANR Labcom "POPBA" since Oct. 2020)


About me
I got an engineering's degree in Chemistry at Sigma Clermont, "Matériaux Hautes Performances" option in 2020. I like swimming and have been practicing it in competition from 16 years.

About my project
My work focuses on the photochemical ageing of several kinds of polyethylene within the framework of the ANR Labcom "POPBA" project with Barbier company (Saint-Sigolène).

Alumni

PhD students

First name NAME Funding (period) Future
Camille BLIVET CIFRE Nexans (2018-2021) Searching for a job
Margot PLIQUET CIFRE Schneider Electric (2017-2020) R&D engineer - Material recycling (INES)
Eric-Aimé POUTOUGNIGNI UCA (2016-2019) Searching for a job
Géraldine RAPP CIFRE EDF joint supervision with INSA Lyon (2016-2018) In professional retraining
Coralie AVENEL CEA (2015-2018) R&D project manager (ISOPROC)
Ahmedou SIDI IRSN (2013-2016) Assistant professor in Mauritania
Camille ROUILLON CIFRE Renault (2012-2015) Senior Scientist chez Owens Corning
Alexis COLIN CIFRE AREVA (2012-2015) Business manager at Centre de Transfert de Technologie du Mans (CTTM)
Anthony CHAPEL UCA joint supervision with ML group from MI team (2012-2016) Physical chemistry engineer (Vermon)
Patrick BOLDRIGHINI CEA (2012-2015) R&D Coatings Engineer (Chase Corporation, USA)
Aurélien TOURNEBIZE CEE ESTABLIS joint supervision with Tübingen University (Germany, 2012-2015) R&D engineer at Centre National d'Evaluation de Photoprotection (CNEP)
Ievgeniia TOPOLNIAK CEE ESTABLIS joint supervision with Slovak University of Technology (Slovakia, 2012-2015) Post-doctoral researcher at Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Isabel FRAGA DOMINGUEZ CEE ESTABLIS joint supervision with Aston University (UK, 2012-2015) Team Manager (LPKF WeldingQuipment BmbH, Allemagne)
Anthony PERTHUE Région Auvergne (2011-2014) Engineer at POPPI


Post-doctoral researchers

First name NAME Funding (period) Future
Dr. Camille BLIVET Thales (2021-2022) Searching for a job
Dr. Géraldine RAPP ARCELOR (2019) + ANR Labcom POPBA (2019-2020) In professional retraining