Professor, Material Sciences, Chemistry and Engineering
Nice University, FranceDr. Guittard received his PhD in organic chemistry in 1994 from Nice-Sophia Antipolis University working in the research laboratory of Professor A. Cambon. Dr. Guittard then went as postdoctoral fellow in the Padova University (Italy) in the research Group of Professor Gambaretto for the development of bisammoniums for biocide pupose, then in the Preston University in the research group of Professor M. Holmes for the study of lyophobic cubic fluorinated surfactants, then in the Physic institute of Prague (Czech Rep.) in the research group of Professor M. Glogarova for the research of liquid crystals, then in the Theramex pharmaceutical group (Monaco) for the development of hormonal substitute as head of the industrial chemical development. In 1997, he joined the Nice University (France) as associated professor then full professor en 2002 and exceptional class in 2014. He moved, in 2012, from chemistry to physics Lab and created a new team on advanced materials from the molecule to the surface entitled now “surfaces & interfaces”. His main research concerns the conception and development of new active surface materials inspired by biomimetic approaches and biobased chemistry. NanoTech, BioTech and SmartTech are the three axis of his research Group. The research has also opened up the field of novel surface materials, being both superhydrophobic and superoleophobic. In 2015, his Group is ranked first in Europe, in USA and second in the world for superoleophobic properties (sources: web of science, scifinder). Another theme is to find alternatives to fluorinated low energy surface materials using hydrocarbon biomimetic surfaces (see Group website: www.unice.fr/interface).
He was Director of the chemistry department from 2004 to 2010 at Nice University. He is authored or co-authored of more than 180 articles, 35 patents, 50 invited conferences and leader on adhesion (or anti-wetting) and surface properties. In 2010 and 2013, he was invited professor in Bristol University (UK), in the Institute of physics (Czech Rep.) in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and the chairman of the international conferences on Biobased and Biomimetic Materials & Chemistry in oct. 2012, 2014 and 2016 (www.nice2016-conference.com)