University of Bordeaux
Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques
The “Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques” (LCPO) is a joint research unit of the Bordeaux University, the CNRS and the Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute (Bx INP). With 140 persons, LCPO focuses its researches on the mechanisms of polymerization, macromolecular engineering and on the development of new functional polymers for targeted applications in various fields, like sustainable development, life science and energy. The group “Polymer Self-Assembly and Life Sciences” leaded by Prof. S. Lecommandoux is a very international and multidisciplinary group of about 25 active research members, focusing on challenging and innovative research such as (1) the design of polypeptide, polysaccharide or protein-like based block copolymer assemblies, mainly polymersomes, for smart drug delivery and imaging purposes; (2) the design of complex self-assembled nanostructures mimicking viruses or cells; (3) the development of polymer and hybrid nanoparticles formulations, including inorganic nanoparticles for theranostics (solvent displacement, double emulsion, microfluidics). In addition, Lecommandoux’s lab has many collaborations with academic groups and biopharmaceutical companies worldwide. The group is especially recognized for the design of original polymeric nanoparticles, “bioactive by design” and stimuli responsive, able to load and release “on demand” molecular and biomacromolecular drugs (anti-cancer, peptide,…). It is currently involved in 5 national research grants (ANR), 2 European H2020 projects dealing with drug delivery, smart nanocapsules and nanomedicine, a major industrial partnership in cosmetics and several local projects.