Jean-Charles “JC” Buffet joined the group in June 2011 studying olefin polymerisation in collaboration with SCG Chemicals. In 2005, he obtained an MSc from UPMC (Paris) working with Prof. Bernadette Charleux on polymers synthesis via RAFT agents. In 2009, he graduated for Edinburgh University with a PhD on biodegradable polymers synthesis via homochiral complexes under the supervision of Prof. Polly Arnold. Following this, he moved to Aachen (Germany) to work for Prof. Jun Okuda on meso-lactide polymerisation.

In September 2014, JC became SCG Programme Manager overseeing SCG Chemicals research projects and team members. Since June 2017, JC is the Deputy Director of the SCG-Oxford Centre of Excellence in Chemistry (CoE). He is the co-author of 58 publications and co-inventor on 51 patent applications.

In his spare time, he likes pretending to go for a run and enjoys drinking beers and watching sport.

Selected publications:

Molecular nitrogen promotes catalytic hydrodeoxygenation. H. Duan, J.-C. Buffet, S. C. E. Tsang, D. O’Hare et al.Nat. Catal., (2019), in press.

High gas barrier coating using non-toxic nanosheet dispersions for flexible food packaging film. J. Yu, K. Ruengkajorn, D.-G. Crivoi, C. Chen, J.-C. Buffet and D. O’Hare, Nat. Commun., (2019), 10, 1-18.

Popcorn-shaped polyethylene synthesised using highly active supported permethylindenyl metallocene catalyst systems. J.-C. Buffet, Z. R. Turner and D. O’Hare, Chem. Commun. (2018), 54, 10970-10973.

Hydrodeoxygenation of water insoluble bio-oil to alkanes using a highly dispersed Pd-Mo catalyst. H. Duan, J.-C. Buffet, S. C. E. Tsang, D. O’Hare et al.Nat. Commun., (2017), 8, 1-10.

Metallocene supported core@LDH catalysts for slurry phase ethylene polymerisation. J.-C. Buffet, C. F. H. Byles, R. Felton, C. Chen and D. O'Hare, Chem. Commun., (2016), 52, 4076-4079.