Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 43-53, 5th floor, office 518
Phone: 33(0)1 44 27 38 04
Fax: 33(0)1 44 27 70 89

Research topics 

Sustainable Polymers, Characterization

Chemical composition and purity of copolymers (block copolymers, chitosan, glucomannans, lignin etc.) using capillary electrophoresis (CE) and SEC, Branching in polymers using CE and SEC, Molar mass and hydrodynamic volume of polymers using (multiple detection) SEC and Taylor Dispersion analysis (TDA), Dissolution and solubility of biobased polymers.

Current research

  • Encapsulation of active molecules (ibuprofen, flavonoids, porphyrins) using chitosan and other biopolymers, monitoring of release
  • Relation between starch structure and rice or potato properties
  • Prediction and characterization of the structure of biobased polyesters and polyamides resins
  • Role of branching in the encapsulation and binding of drugs by poly(acrylic acid)

Recent results

Lignocellulosic biomass is a very rich (and thus complex) source of biopolymers and monomers. We have been using fatty acids a source of monomers and previously developed a commercial biobased hot-melt adhesive. We are now looking also into the hemicelluloses that can be extracted from sawdust as part of a MSTD project with Université de Technologie de Compiègne and ESCOM (Nabil Grimi, Mohamed Benali). The nature of the polysaccharides in the hemicellulose is not clear and separation and characterization methods are lacking or their performance (recovery, reproducibility) not yet known.

In Nicole Najoum’s PhD project, we are showing that capillary electrophoresis can separate a large (10,000s ? 100,000s ?) number of macromolecules in hemicelluloses extracted from sawdust or even in glucomannans, galactomannans or xylans’ «standards ».

Scientific career

  • 2021-     Professor, Sorbonne Université
  • 2013-2021   Senior Lecturer, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Sciences (ACROSS), Western Sydney University
  • 2010-2013   Lecturer, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Sciences (ACROSS), University of Western Sydney
  • 2009-2010  Reserach Fellow, University of Mainz, Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • 2007-2009   Research Fellow, The University of Queenland, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • 2005-2007 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Sydney, Key Centre for Polymer & Colloids
  • 2003-2005, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Prof. Gerhard Wegner
  • 2000-2003, PhD student, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratoire Chimie des Polymeres, Prof. Jean-Pierre Vairon, Prof. Bernadette Charleux


  • BSc Chemistry 3rd year : Introduction to polymers, Industrial chemistry (Polymers), Advanced characterization (Mass spectrometry)
  • Licence professionelle Formulation : supervisor, tutor
  • Master in Chemistry, 1st year: Polymeric materials, Structure-property relations in polymers (SEC), Literature review, coaching for internships in industry
  • Master in Chemistry, 2nd year:  Polymer processing (biobased polymers), supervisor for academic research projects

Selected publications

  • Bhullar, K. A.; Meinel, A.; Maeder, K.; Wuhrer, R.; Gaborieau, M*.; Castignolles, P. Advanced spectroscopy, microscopy, diffraction and thermal analysis of polyamide adhesives and prediction of their functional properties with solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Polym. Chem. 2021, 12 (10), 1487-1497 DOI: 10.1039/D0PY01348J.
  • Sutton, A. T.; Arrua, R. D.; Gaborieau, M.; Castignolles, P.*; Hilder, E. F. Characterization of oligo(acrylic acid)s and their block co-oligomers. Anal. Chim. Acta 2018, 1032, 163-177 DOI:
  • Thevarajah, J. J.; Van Leeuwen, M. P.; Cottet, H.; Castignolles, P.*; Gaborieau, M. Determination of the distributions of degrees of acetylation of chitosan. Int. J. Biol. Macromol. 2017, 95, 40-48 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.10.056.
  • Thevarajah, J. J.; Sutton, A. T.; Maniego, A. R.; Whitty, E. G.; Harrisson, S.; Cottet, H.; Castignolles, P.*; Gaborieau, M. Quantifying the heterogeneity of chemical structures in complex charged polymers through the dispersity of their distributions of electrophoretic mobilities or of compositions. Anal. Chem. 2016, 88, 1674-1681 DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03672.
  • Gaborieau, M.; Castignolles, P. Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) of branched polymers and polysaccharides. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2011, 399, 1413-1423 DOI: 10.1007/s00216-010-4221-7.