Patrick Brocorens obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mons (Belgium) in 2002, studying the morphology of dendrimers by molecular modeling techniques.
In 2005, he came back to the Laboratory for Chemistry of Novel Materials as a postdoctoral fellow.
His research interests mostly deal with the organization and morphological properties of liquid crystals, conjugated polymers, and clay/polymer composites by a combination of simulation techniques and atomic force microscopy.
In 2008, he joined the staff at the University of Mons as a junior lecturer, and created the Belgian section of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and gas (ASPO), an association studying the consequences for Mankind of the peaking and decline of the world oil production.
A few relevant publications of the past five years
Structural and Charge-Transport Properties of a Liquid-Crystalline alpha,omega-Disubstituted Thiophene Derivative: A Joint Experimental and Theoretical Study.
V. Lemaur, S. Bouzakraoui, Y. Olivier, P. Brocorens, C. Burhin, J. El Beghdadi, A. Martin-Hoyas, A. M. Jonas, D. A. Serban, A. Vlad, N. Boucher, J. Leroy, M. Sferrazza, P. O. Mouthuy, S. Melinte, S. Sergeev, Y. Geerts, R. Lazzaroni, J. Cornil, B. Nysten; J. Phys. Chem. C, 114 (2010), 4617-4627
Expression of Chirality in Molecular Layers at Surfaces: Insights from Modelling.
M. Linares, A. Minoia, P. Brocorens, D. Beljonne, R. Lazzaroni; Chemical Society Reviews, 38 (2009), 806-816
Solid-State Supramolecular Organization of Polythiophene Chains Containing Thienothiophene Units.
P. Brocorens, A. Van Vooren, M. L. Chabinyc, M. F. Toney, M. Shkunov, M. Heeney, I. McCulloch, J. Cornil, R. Lazzaroni; Advanced Materials, 21 (2009), 1193-1198
Microscopic Morphology of Chlorinated Polyethylene-based Nanocomposites Synthesized from Poly(e-caprolactone)/clay Masterbatches.
P. Brocorens, S. Benali, C. Broeckaert, F. Monteverde, H. E. Miltner, B. Van Mele, M. Alexandre, P. Dubois, R. Lazzaroni; Langmuir, 24 (2008), 2072-2080
Molecular modeling simulations of the morphology of polyphenylene dendrimers.
P. Brocorens, R. Lazzaroni, J. L. Bredas; J. Phys. Chem. B, 111 (2007), 9218-9227