Camille’s PhD defense February 2022, 10th

Camille presented her PhD work during her defense in front of a jury including Pr Catherine Amiel (ICPEM Thiais), Dr Morgan Delarue (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse), Pr Jean-Serge Remy (Univ. Strasbourg) and Dr Yvette Tran (ESPCI, Paris).

Her presentation was entitled: Macro- and supramolecular hydrogels photocontrollable in the visible range

Her work spanned from the characterization of the association between azobenzenes bearing halides atoms and b-cyclodextrin to the synthesis and the characterization of the hydrogels. The results have shown that hydrogels with mechanical properties compatible with different biological tissues were accessible and biocompatible.

Congratulations Camille!

Inès at the European Researchers Night event

On September 24th, Inès participated to the European Researchers Night in Le Mans, an event organized throughout Europe to share the passion of science with the public.

She presented the topic “hydrogel and health” and had in her researcher’s luggage some useful tools to explain her work: a sponge, some scoubidous, some slime, a dentist irradiation lamp and a loupe!

She also participated to a speed-searching session and gave an interview to the radio.

Find out more about Inès in the researchers’ portrait section.

Presentation at ESPS 2021

Watch Anne-Françoise’s presentation at the European Symposium on Photopolymer Sciences which took place online in June 2021

Presentation at SupraBio 2021

Watch Nancy’s presentation at the International Symposium on SupraBiomolecular Systems which took place online in May 2021.

New recruitments

Inès Hamouda and Divyendu Valappil are joining us starting February 15th.
Inès is a post-doc and she will work at IMMM in Le Mans to characterize the hydrogels by rheology and Light Scattering.
Divyendu is a research engineer and she will develop the SPIM environment at Restore laboratory.

Gellight explained to the kids!

An article about Gellight has just been published on CurioKids, a website dedicated to the kids and which makes science fun and understandable to all.
Thanks to Laetitia Mespouille for this highlight!

To read this article

Camille’s first oral communication

On October 2020, Camille Courtine attended NICE-2020 International Conference, which is organized with the objective to share new developments in the growing field of bioinspired chemistry and materials.

Camille presented a part of her PhD work:
“Photo-switchable azobenzene-cyclodextrin complexes in water: a tool to mimic extra cellular matrix”

New recruitment

September 1st, 2020. Nicolas Pataluch is joining us as an engineer in the I2MC team. He will help in all biology experiments.

Process simulation

Camille’s first publication

The article describing a full characterization of azobenzene@cyclodextrins complexes has just been accepted in J. Org. Chem.. This work describes the step-by-step procedure that we used to have access to all parameters of the complexes: stoichiometry, affinity constant, quantum yields of photochemical processes. This is based on Jorge’s early work, completed by Camille, and a strong help from Véronique. A real team work!

Look at publications page

M10 project meeting

Part of the partners joined in Toulouse to discuss around the achieved work so far and the planned tasks for the next weeks. This was also the occasion to meet Pr Casteilla‘s team from Stromalab.


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