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Research interests

My research focuses on the discovery of novel chemical transformations and use in catalysis of renewable resources, in particular for the synthesis of sustainable polymers.

Research projects in our group include:

  • Small molecules (e.g. CO2, H2O) activation and transformation
  • Carbohydrate chemistry and catalysis
  • Synthesis of novel monomers and polymers from renewable resources, in particular sugars
  • Organic and inorganic catalyst design
  • Polymerisation catalysis
  • Computational chemistry (Density Functional Theory Modelling) for mechanistic studies
  • Application of sustainable polymers (3D printing, medicine, elastomers, catalysis...)


Polymers (the molecules of plastics) are today everywhere, and there lies the problem, as their dependence on depleting fossil-fuel resources and their environmental persistence make them unsustainable. To develop sustainable polymers that are cost- and performance-competitive with the dominating oil-based polymers is a major challenge to achieve a circular and sustainable economy of plastics. Towards that goal, catalysis is a central enabling technology to develop 1) new monomers from renewable feedstock, 2) more efficient routes to produce related polymeric materials, capable of substituting petrochemicals and 3) novel end-of life options for these polymers.

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Originally from France, Antoine obtained his PhD from the Ecole Polytechnique in 2009, under the supervision of Prof Pascal Le Floch. He then moved to the UK and worked at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral research assistant in the group of Prof Charlotte K. Williams, in the area of CO2/epoxide copolymers and poly(lactic acid). Antoine returned to France in 2011 and gained industrial R&D experience, working for Air Liquide on Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilisation (CCSU) projects. In April 2013 Antoine began his independent research career at the CSCT as a Whorrod Research Fellow, investigating novel chemical transformations and use in catalysis of renewable resources, in particular for the synthesis of sustainable polymers. In October 2017 Antoine was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, Doctor of Science, École Polytechnique

25 Sep 200625 Sep 2009

Award Date: 25 Sep 2009

Chemistry, Master of Research, École Polytechnique

1 Sep 200530 Jun 2006

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

Engineering, Master in Science, École Polytechnique

1 Sep 200230 Jun 2005

Award Date: 30 Jun 2005


  • Catalysis
  • Polymers
  • Metal complexes
  • Sustainability
  • Chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Monomers
  • Carbon Dioxide

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Research Output

Ring opening polymerisation

Shaver, M. & Buchard, A., 15 Apr 2020, In : European Polymer Journal. 129, 109600.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

17 - Polymers from plants: Biomass fixed carbon dioxide as a resource

Scott, J. L. & Buchard, A., 2019, Managing Global Warming. Letcher, T. M. (ed.). Elsevier Academic Press Inc, p. 503-525 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations (Scopus)

Copolymerization of Cyclic Phosphonate and Lactide: Synthetic Strategies toward Control of Amphiphilic Microstructure

Beament, J., Wolf, T., Markwart, J. C., Wurm, F. R., Jones, M. D. & Buchard, A., 12 Feb 2019, In : Macromolecules. 52, 3, p. 1220–1226 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
16 Downloads (Pure)


A Combined Spectroscopic and Theoretical Approach to the Development of Homogeneous Catalysts for Hydrogen Transfer Chemistry

Author: Hall, A., 2019

Supervisor: Hintermair, U. (Supervisor), Lowe, J. (Supervisor) & Buchard, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Cyclic Carbonates from Sugars and Carbon Dioxide: Synthesis, Polymerisation and Biomedical Applications

Author: Gregory, G., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Buchard, A. (Supervisor), Sharma, R. (Supervisor) & Davidson, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


New initiators for the polymerisation of bio-based monomers

Author: Beament, J., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Buchard, A. (Supervisor) & Jones, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Towards Benign Initiators for the Production of Sustainable Plastics

Author: Mccormick, S., 1 May 2020

Supervisor: Jones, M. (Supervisor), Davidson, M. (Supervisor) & Buchard, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD