Yoan C. Simon

Assistant Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

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2009 - presentMaître-Assistant, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
2008 - 2009Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2003 - 2008

Ph.D., Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

2001 - 2003

M.S. Chemistry (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France

1999 - 2001

Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles, Joffre, Montpellier, France









2015 Hans and Marlies Zimmer International Scholar
 2008 ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship
 2007 Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium-NASA Award
 2007 Graduate Talk Award (233rd American Chemical Society National Meeting)
 2006 Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium-NASA Award
 2003 Recipient of a European Leonardo da Vinci Scholarship-Languedoc-Roussillon



Main research interests revolve around the design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymers, bio-inspired materials, and polymer nanocomposites.


The role of mass and length in the sonochemistry of polymers. M. Schaefer, B. Içli, M. Lattuada, C. Weder, A. F. M. Kilbinger and Y. C. Simon* Macromolecules 2016, In press.

Organogels for low-power light upconversion. R. Vadrucci, C. Weder and Y. C. Simon* Mater. Horizons 2015, 2, 120 - 124.

Mechanochemistry of metallo-supramolecular polymers. D. W. R. Balkenende, S. Coulibaly, S. Balog, Y. C. Simon, G. L. Fiore and C. Weder J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10493 - 10498.

Melt-processed polymer glasses for low-power upconversion via sensitized triplet-triplet annihilation. S. H. Lee, J. Lott, Y. C. Simon* and C. Weder J. Mater. Chem. C 2013, 1, 5142 - 5148.

Low-power photon upconversion through triplet-triplet annihilation in polymers. Y. C. Simon* and C. Weder J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 20817 - 20830.