A joint laboratory between L'Oréal and the LCPO

L’Oréal Research & Innovation and the LCPO (Laboratory of Organic Polymer Chemistry Laboratory - University of Bordeaux, CNRS, Bordeaux INP) have created a joint laboratory to conduct research on polymer development.

  • 21/04/2018

 Réaction de polymérisation © Cyril Frésillon/CNRS Photothèque Réaction de polymérisation © Cyril Frésillon/CNRS Photothèque

Launched on the 13th April, this “social and scientific adventure” comes from a shared desire to further research in the development of polymers for cosmetics (skin care, makeup, etc.). The objective is to develop "green" polymers with cosmetic activities that are environmentally friendly while ensuring the high-quality performance of the cosmetic products in which they are used. The result of a shared concept of  innovation, this "Jointlab" initiative is based on several cross-cutting scientific fields, in particular chemistry, biotechnology, physical chemistry and biology.

L'Oréal, the world leader in beauty (makeup, cosmetics, haircare, perfume), follows very strict rules concerning the eco-design of new active polymers. The rules are based on the 12 principles of "green" chemistry, notably the search for biosourced precursors, the use of green processes, and respect for humans and the environment. These high standards go hand-in-hand with the aim to constantly improve product performance based on consumer needs from around the world. The development of new green chemistry synthesis technologies that combine the best of chemistry, biotechnology and physical chemistry is therefore a top priority.

After already 20 years of collaboration between L'Oréal and the LCPO, leader within the domain of green polymers, work between the two entities has intensified over the past 5 years. This “laboratory without walls” will promote exchanges between researchers from each entity, thus increasing opportunities for new common projects on ambitious scientific topics within a dynamic research environment. Topics that will be examined in the Jointlab could uncover fundamental knowledge that contributes to the fields of cosmetics as well as biomedical and functional materials, key areas of interest for the LCPO and its governing bodies.

During the inauguration, Philippe Moretto, Vice-President of Research, and Éric Papon, Vice-President of Innovation and Corporate Relations at the University of Bordeaux, emphasised that this project was not just a simple technology transfer between L'Oréal and the LCPO and its governing bodies. It also provides researchers with a joint technological and strategic roadmap and enables long-term cooperation.

LCPO in a nutshell

The laboratory is a joint research unit of the University of BordeauxCNRS, and Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute. LCPO employs around 120 people, among which 7 CNRS researchers, 18 assistant, associate, and full professors of the University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute, 15 administrative and scientific staff members, and around 80 PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and visitors. 

Since its creation in 1985, the Laboratory focuses its academic research in polymer science on the mechanisms of polymerization and macromolecular engineering. In addition to these two domains, important projects are being developed regarding the design of functional, high value-added polymers and the study of their macroscopic properties for target applications, in particular concerning life sciences, energy and technology. Green and biomimetic synthetic approaches together with the understanding of structure/properties relationships represent the core element of the Laboratory's scientific strategy.