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Presentation of the DSBC group
The DSBC research group is a component of the Max Mousseron Institute of Biomolecules (IBMM – UMR 5247), a ca. 250-people public research institute mostly devoted to fine organic and medicinal chemistry, co-founded and co-sponsored by both the CNRS, the University of Montpellier (UM), and the “École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier” (ENSCM). Within the IBMM functional/administrative organisation, DSBC is a part of the BioMolecular Organisation department which also includes the ”Supramolecular Marchines and ARchitectures Team” (SMART) group. Currently located on the Faculty of Sciences campus, DSBC is headed by Prof. Hervé Cottet since March 2012.
The DSBC group includes 9 permanent staff (belonging either to the University of Montpellier or to the CNRS: 1 professor, 3 associate professors, 2 CNRS associate researchers, 2 CNRS technical staff, 1 half-time UM administrative staff), and 5 PhD students and post-docs.
Research activity in the DSBC group is mainly involved in physical organic chemistry and analytical chemistry, mostly of α-amino acids, (poly)peptides and their derivatives. We are especially interested in both (i) a physico-chemical approach of the reactivity of biomolecules and/or their precursors or derivatives, and (ii) the development of innovating separative science methodologies applying to polymers.
Topics under investigation in the group are related to four major directions:
- prebiotic chemistry, systems chemistry and the emergence of life,
- electrokinetic separation methods,
- polyelectrolyte complexes,
- biomimetic and supramolecular chemistry.
Since 2011, the DSBC group has been awarded a sponsorship by the french Institut Carnot Chimie Balard Cirimat (formerly CED2 “Chimie Environnement et Développement Durable” = Chemistry, Environment, Sustainable Development).
The DSBC group, as of April 2017
The DSBC group, as of July 2019