Docteur Pierre Lutz

Emeritus Director of Researches (CNRS)

Pierre LutzPierre J. Lutz was born in 1951 in Ingwiller (France). He received his PhD in macromolecular engineering in 1981 from University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg (France) and became Chargé de Recherche (1981), at the Institut Charles Sadron (ICS) (CNRS) where he worked under the supervision of Professor Paul Rempp. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. H. J. Cantow at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg (Germany) working on the compatibilization of polymers based on the formation of charge transfer complexes between polymer chains. Until 1988, his research activities at the ICS were centered on the synthesis of polymers of controlled molecular and structural parameters via ionic polymerization and their characterization: functional homo (or co) polymers including macromonomers, branched polymers, cross-linked polymers, and cyclic polymers. In 1988, he spent a sabbatical year at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, in Freiburg with Prof. W. Burchard as Humboldt visiting scientist. In 1996, he was nominated Directeur de Recherche at the ICS (CNRS-University of Strasbourg). His recent scientific interests are concerned with various polymerization processes (coordination, living anionic), complex macromolecular architectures, grafting reactions, self-assembly of block copolymers, hydrogels designed for biomedical applications. In particular, P. J. Lutz is well-known in the scientific community for his activities in the domain of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and related materials designed for biomedical applications, and in the domain of synthesis and characterization of polyethylenes of various molecular and structural characteristics. More recently he extended his activities to hybrid polymeric materials.

From 2012-2015, he was part-time visiting scientist at the University of Jena (Germany) with Prof. U. S. Schubert where he was working on the synthesis of water-soluble biocompatible polymers. He has also a long-time collaboration with the University of Freiburg (Prof. R. Mülhaupt). He was recently nominated Directeur de Recherche Emérite (CNRS) and joined the group of Prof. Nicolas Giuseppone (ICS) working on molecular and supramolecular self-assembling systems.

He has authored more than 170 publications and book chapters and 3 patents.

He is a member of the French Polymer Group and the French Chemical Society. He was a member of the American Chemical Society until 2014.