Professional experience

April 1, 2023 to present. Researcher

French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Institute Charles Gerhardt (ICGM), Montpellier, France

Ongoing research: Development of reversibly designed crosslinked polymers based on dynamic covalent chemistry (Horizon Europe project – 11 EU partners)


November 1, 2021 to November 30, 2022. Researcher

KTH Royal Institute of Technology (LINK), Stockholm- Sweden


Research projects:

– Microwave-assisted Chemical Recycling of post-consumer PET bottles into recyclable high-performance polyimines with exceptional mechanical performance, significantly outperforming most of available commodity plastics in the market!

– Development of a new biobased portfolio of polyurethane networks with “on-demand” tunable thermal properties, mechanical performance and biodegradabality, prepared from hemicellulose sugars.

In 2022: Teaching “Polymer Physics course” (KF2140) to First-year Master students (104 hours) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm – Sweden

Research outputs (publications):

Nejib Kasmi, Eva Bäckström, Minna Hakkarainen. Open-loop recycling of post-consumer PET to closed-loop chemically recyclable high-performance polyimines, Resources, Conservation & Recycling 2023, 193, 106974 (IF: 13.716) LINK


June 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021. Research Scientist

Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon (LINK), Berlin- Germany.


Research activities: Synthesis and characterization of multifunctional polyester-based biomaterials for adaptive and active polymer systems


March 1, 2019 to April 23, 2021. Junior Research & Technology Associate

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg.

Research project: New biopolymers based on renewable building blocks from catalytic deoxygenation of hemicelluloses


April 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018. Postdoctoral Fellowship

Bikiaris’s Group (LINK), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Research project: Furan-based Polyesters (LINK):

Research activities (supervision: Prof. Dimitrios Bikiaris, LINK):

Design, synthesis, and in-depth study of fully biobased Co/polyesters and polyester blends derived from 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid and other renewable monomers (Isosorbide, vanillic acid, etc.)


3 months (01/05/2016 to 31/07/2016). Research Assistant

Polymer Engineering Group, University of Padova, Italy

Main activities (supervision: Prof. Alessandra Lorenzetti, LINK):

Synthesis of rigid polyurethane foam insulation panels from new polyols based on renewable resources.

Funding source: National Interuniversity Consortium of Materials Science and Technology, Italy (LINK)

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