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Damien Guironnet

Associate Professor

Primary Affiliation

Artificial Intelligence for Materials


Status Part-time Faculty

Home Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering



Address 3255 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue

  • Biography

    Damien Guironnet is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He joined the department in 2014 from BASF Corporation where he worked as a senior research scientist. At Illinois, his research focuses on the challenge of implementing recent advances in homogeneous catalysts into continuous processes. Dr. Guironnet received his M.Sc. from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'enseignement en Chimie in France in 2005 and his Ph.D. from the University of Constance in Germany in 2009.


    • M.S., Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Chimie de Mulhouse (France), 2005

    • Ph.D., University of Constance (Germany), 2009

    • Postdoctorate, University of North Carolina, 2009-2011

  • Honors
    • 2019: Young Investigator Award, American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE)

    • 2015-2016: School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Polymer synthesis

    • Organometallic chemistry

    • Catalysis

    The research in our group lies at the interface of polymer science and catalysis. Our approach is multidisciplinary and involves a diverse array of techniques. The impact of our research is expected to fall within the domains of materials science and green chemistry. Overall, we are designing new catalysts and catalytic processes to transform bio-based and oil-based feedstocks into valuable chemicals and to develop new sustainable polymerization techniques. Projects in my group include (1) the development of new processes for the production of important chemicals from abundant raw materials; (2) the design of new methods for the synthesis of end-functionalized and amphiphilic polymers; and (3) the synthesis of new catalysts for the insertion (co)polymerization of polar monomers.