Nicolas studied for a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and chemistry at l’École Supérieure de Chimie Physique et Électronique in Lyon (CPE Lyon) in France. As part of his degree, he undertook an industrial placement at BTG Biocompatibles UK (now Boston Scientific) where he worked on the development of novel radiopaque drug eluting beads. He also spent a year abroad as an exchange student at the University of Calgary and carried out his Master’s thesis in Solvay’s laboratory in Paris. He pursued a PhD at the University of Surrey under the supervision of Dr Peter Roth, developing thermo-responsive and chemically reactive well-defined nanoparticles synthesised via Polymerisation-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA). He then worked as a scientist at Boston Scientific for one year developing polymers used in injectable liquid embolics. He is now a postdoctoral research associate in the Booth group at the University of Oxford working on the use of polymers to control nucleic acids.
Polymer synthesis and macromolecular engineering for use in biomedical applications.