Institut Charles Sadron Membre

Philippe Mesini


Habilitation (accreditation to supervise Ph. D. theses, 2003)

Ph. D. University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1992)

M. Sc. in pharmacological chemistry, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1989)

M. Sc. in organic chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris (1988)

Agrégation in Chemistry (1987)

Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (1984-1988)


2010-present : Senior Scientist at the Institut Charles Sadron (DR-CNRS), Strasbourg

1998-1998 : Visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institut für Polymerforsschung in Mainz (Germany)

1995-2010 : Research scientist at the Institut Charles Sadron (CR-CNRS), Strasbourg

1992-1995 : Postdoctoral fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, USA (supervisor D. L. Boger)

Boards and services

Head of the department Systèmes COmplexes Moléculaires et Macromoléculaires ORganisés (SYCOMMOR) at ICS since 2021

Deputy Director of the Institut Charles Sadron (2008 – 2012)

President of the East Regional Division of the Groupe Français des Polymères (French Polymer Society, 2009 – 2015)

Coorganizers of 3 national meetings of the GFP.

Fields of research

Supramolecular gels, synthesis of organogelators, polymer functionalization.

Application of gelators to mesoporous polymeric materials and to functional aerogels.

Structural studies of gels: SAXS and SANS, electron microscopy, FTIR.

Phase diagrams of organogels by differential calormimetric methods, by rheology, by quantitative NMR.


Herbst, M.; Dombrowski, M.O.; Preisig, N.; Dieterich, S.; Giesselmann, F.; Mesini, P.; Stubenrauch, C. (2023), Gelled lyotropic nematic liquid crystals,Liquid Crystals,() : link

Yilmazer, S.; Schwaller, D.; Mesini, P.J. (2023), Beyond Sol-Gel: Molecular Gels with Different Transitions,Gels,9(4) : link


Schwaller, D.; Sui, Y.; Carvalho, A.; Collin, D.; Mesini, P.J. (2022), Palmitoylethanolamide gels edible oils,Food Chemistry,386() : link

Avila-Rovelo, N.R.; Martinez, G.; Matsuda, W.; Sinn, S.; Leveque, P.; Schwaller, D.; Mesini, P.; Seki, S.; Ruiz-Carretero, A. (2022), Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Semiconductors with Long Charge Carrier Lifetimes,Journal Of Physical Chemistry C,126(26) : 10932-10939 link


Schwaller, D.; Christ, E.; Legros, M.; Collin, D.; Mesini, P.J. (2021), Investigation of an Organogel by Micro-Differential Scanning Calorimetry: Quantitative Relationship between the Shapes of the Thermograms and the Phase Diagram,Gels,7(3) : link

Wasem Klein, F.; Lamps, J.-P.; Paillet, M.; Petit, P.; Mésini, P.J. (2021), Synthesis of a Poly(3-dodecylthiophene) Bearing Aniline Groups for the Covalent Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes,Reactions,2(4) : 473-485 link

Schwaller, D.; Zapien-Castillo, S.; Carvalho, A.; Combet, J.; Collin, D.; Jacomine, L.; Kekicheff, P.; Heinrich, B.; Lamps, J.-P.; Diaz-Zavala, N.P.; Mesini, P.J. (2021), Gel-to-gel non-variant transition of an organogel caused by polymorphism from nanotubes to crystallites,Soft Matter,17(16) : 4386-4394 link

Zapien-Castillo, S.; Jesus Montes-Patino, J.; Francisco Perez-Sanchez, J.; Ismale Lozano-Navarro, J.; Aaron Melo-Banda, J.; Mesini, P.J.; Patricia Diaz-Zavala, N. (2021), Recovery of Fuels Using the Supramolecular Gelation Ability of a Hydroxybenzoic Acid Bisamide Derivative,Water Air And Soil Pollution,232(2) : link


Wasem Klein, F.; Lamps, J.-P.; Raoui, M.; Paillet, M.; Sauvajol, J.-L.; Mesini, P.J.; Petit, P. (2020), Design and synthesis of aniline-appended P3HT for single step covalent functionalisation of carbon nanotubes,Polymer Chemistry,11(39) : 6319-6327 link

Militzer, S.; Nishimura, N.; Avila-Rovelo, N.R.; Matsuda, W.; Schwaller, D.; Mesini, P.J.; Seki, S.; Ruiz-Carretero, A. (2020), Impact of Chirality on Hydrogen-Bonded Supramolecular Assemblies and Photoconductivity of Diketopyrrolopyrrole Derivatives,Chemistry-A European Journal,26(44, Si) : 9998-10004 link

Zapien-Castillo, S.; Diaz-Zavala, N.P.; Melo-Banda, J.A.; Schwaller, D.; Lamps, J.-P.; Schmutz, M.; Combet, J.; Mesini, P.J. (2020), Structure of Nanotubes Self-Assembled from a Monoamide Organogelator,International Journal Of Molecular Sciences,21(14) : link


Diebold, M.; Christ, E.; Biniek, L.; Karmazin, L.; Heinrich, B.; Contal, C.; Ghosh, S.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M. (2019), Original polymorphism in a naphthalene bisimide pi-conjugated organogelator: a complex interplay between hydrogen bonding and heterocycle pi-stacking,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,7(42) : 13120-13129 link

Ruiz-Carretero, A.; Rovelo, N.R.A.; Militzer, S.; Mesini, P.J. (2019), Hydrogen-bonded diketopyrrolopyrrole derivatives for energy-related applications,Journal Of Materials Chemistry A,7(41) : 23451-23475 link


Militzer, S.; Tran, T.M.P.; Mesini, P.J.; Ruiz-Carretero, A. (2018), Tuning the Optical and Self-Assembly Properties of Diketopyrrolopyrrole Semicarbazone Derivatives through Hydrogen Bonding,Chemnanomat,4(8, Si) : 790-795 link

Christ, E.; Collin, D.; Lamps, J.-P.; Mesini, P.J. (2018), Variable temperature NMR of organogelators: the intensities of a single sample describe the full phase diagram,Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,20(14) : 9644-9650 link


Sarbu, A.; Hermet, P.; Maurin, D.; Djurado, D.; Biniek, L.; Diebold, M.; Bantignies, J.-L.; Mesini, P.; Brinkmann, M. (2017), Supramolecular organization of a H-bonded perylene bisimide organogelator determined by transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and polarized infra-red spectroscopy,Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,19(48) : 32514-32525 link

Rajdev, P.; Chakraborty, S.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.; Ghosh, S. (2017), Supramolecularly Engineered pi-Amphiphile,Langmuir,33(19) : 4789-4795 link

Jamal, A.; Nyrkova, I.; Mesini, P.; Militzer, S.; Reiter, G. (2017), Solvent-controlled reversible switching between adsorbed self-assembled nanoribbons and nanotubes,Nanoscale,9(9) : 3293-3303 link

Raj, G.; Boulaoued, A.; Lacava, J.; Biniek, L.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M.; Faure-Vincent, J.; Guenet, J.-M. (2017), Insulated Molecular Wires: Sheathing Semiconducting Polymers with Organic Nanotubes through Heterogeneous Nucleation,Advanced Electronic Materials,3(1) : link


Boulaoued, A.; Bantignies, J.-L.; Le Parc, R.; Goze-Bac, C.; Mesini, P.; Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Al Ouahabi, A.; Lutz, P.; Guenet, J.-M. (2016), Hybrid Fibrillar Xerogels with Unusual Magnetic Properties,Langmuir,32(49) : 13193-13199 link

Christ, E.; Blanc, C.; Al Ouahabi, A.; Maurin, D.; Le Parc, R.; Bantignies, J.-L.; Guenet, J.-M.; Collin, D.; Mesini, P.J. (2016), Origin of Invariant Gel Melting Temperatures in the c-T Phase Diagram of an Organogel,Langmuir,32(19) : 4975-4982 link


Khan, A.N.; Schmutz, M.; Lacava, J.; Al Ouahabi, A.; Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Mesini, P.J.; Guenet, J.-M. (2015), Design of Nanohybrid Systems from a Partially Fluorinated Organogelator and Syndiotactic Polystyrene Thermoreversible Gel,Langmuir,31(27) : 7666-7672 link

Mondal, T.; Basak, D.; Al Ouahabi, A.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.; Ghosh, S. (2015), Extended supramolecular organization of pi-systems using yet unexplored simultaneous intra- and inter-molecular H-bonding motifs of 1,3-dihydroxy derivatives,Chemical Communications,51(24) : 5040-5043 link

Sarbu, A.; Biniek, L.; Guenet, J.-M.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M. (2015), Reversible J- to H-aggregate transformation in thin films of a perylenebisimide organogelator,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,3(6) : 1235-1242 link


Khan, A.N.; Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Dobircau, L.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.J.; Guenet, J.-M. (2013), Investigation of the Interactions Involved in the Formation of Nanotubes from Organogelators,Langmuir,29(52) : 16127-16134 link

Davila, J.; Toulemon, D.; Garnier, T.; Garnier, A.; Senger, B.; Voegel, J.-C.; Mesini, P.J.; Schaaf, P.; Boulmedais, F.; Jierry, L. (2013), Bioaffinity Sensor Based on Nanoarchitectonic Films: Control of the Specific Adsorption of Proteins through the Dual Role of an Ethylene Oxide Spacer,Langmuir,29(24) : 7488-7498 link

Simon, F.-X.; Nguyen, T.T.T.; Diaz, N.; Schmutz, M.; Deme, B.; Jestin, J.; Combet, J.; Mesini, P.J. (2013), Self-assembling properties of a series of homologous ester-diamides - from ribbons to nanotubes,Soft Matter,9(35) : 8483-8493 link


Sangeetha, N.M.; Blanck, C.; Nguyen, T.T.T.; Contal, C.; Mesini, P.J. (2012), Size-Selective 2D Ordering of Gold Nanoparticles Using Surface Topography of Self-Assembled Diamide Template,Acs Nano,6(10) : 8498-8507 link

Davila, J.; Chassepot, A.; Longo, J.; Boulmedais, F.; Reisch, A.; Frisch, B.; Meyer, F.; Voegel, J.-C.; Mesini, P.J.; Senger, B.; Metz-Boutigue, M.-H.; Hemmerle, J.; Lavalle, P.; Schaaf, P.; Jierry, L. (2012), Cyto-mechanoresponsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films,Journal Of The American Chemical Society,134(1) : 83-86 link

Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Simon, F.-X.; Khan, N.A.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.J. (2012), Formation of reactive aerogels and their reactivity in aqueous media. Wettability induces hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic selectivity,Journal Of Materials Chemistry,22(16) : 7712-7714 link


Perino, A.; Schmutz, M.; Meunier, S.; Mesini, P.J.; Wagner, A. (2011), Self-Assembled Nanotubes and Helical Tapes from Diacetylene Nonionic Amphiphiles. Structural Studies before and after Polymerization,Langmuir,27(19) : 12149-12155 link

Binsheng, Y.; Hoegy, F.; Mislin, G.L.A.; Mesini, P.J.; Schalk, I.J. (2011), Terbium, a fluorescent probe for investigation of siderophore pyochelin interactions with its outer membrane transporter FptA,Journal Of Inorganic Biochemistry,105(10) : 1293-1298 link

Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Simon, F.-X.; Combet, J.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.J. (2011), Modification of self-assembled nanotubes by click chemistry generates new nanotubes by an out-of equilibrium process,Soft Matter,7(3) : 1121-1128 link


Jierry, L.; Ben Ameur, N.; Thomann, J.-S.; Frisch, B.; Gonthier, E.; Voegel, J.-C.; Senger, B.; Decher, G.; Felix, O.; Schaaf, P.; Mesini, P.; Boulmedais, F. (2010), Influence of Cu(I)-Alkyne pi-Complex Charge on the Step-by-Step Film Buildup through Sharpless Click Reaction,Macromolecules,43(8) : 3994-3997 link

Rydzek, G.; Thomann, J.-S.; Ben Ameur, N.; Jierry, L.; Mesini, P.; Ponche, A.; Contal, C.; El Haitami, A.E.; Voegel, J.-C.; Senger, B.; Schaaf, P.; Frisch, B.; Boulmedais, F. (2010), Polymer Multilayer Films Obtained by Electrochemically Catalyzed Click Chemistry,Langmuir,26(4) : 2816-2824 link

Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Simon, F.-X.; Khelfallah, N.S.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.J. (2010), Mesoporous polymeric catalysts synthesized from self-assembled organic nanotubes as templates,Journal Of Materials Chemistry,20(19) : 3831-3833 link

Reisch, A.; Hemmerle, J.; Chassepot, A.; Lefort, M.; Benkirane-Jessel, N.; Candolfi, E.; Mesini, P.; Letscher-Bru, V.; Voegel, J.-C.; Schaaf, P. (2010), Anti-fouling phosphorylcholine bearing polyelectrolyte multilayers: Cell adhesion resistance at rest and under stretching,Soft Matter,6(7) : 1503-1512 link

Dasgupta, D.; Kamar, Z.; Rochas, C.; Dahmani, M.; Mesini, P.; Guenet, J.M. (2010), Design of hybrid networks by sheathing polymer fibrils with self-assembled nanotubules,Soft Matter,6(15) : 3573-3581 link


Reisch, A.; Voegel, J.-C.; Gonthier, E.; Decher, G.; Senger, B.; Schaaf, P.; Mesini, P.J. (2009), Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Capped with Polyelectrolytes Bearing Phosphorylcholine and Triethylene Glycol Groups: Parameters Influencing Antifouling Properties,Langmuir,25(6) : 3610-3617 link

Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Simon, F.-X.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P.J. (2009), Direct functionalization of self-assembled nanotubes overcomes unfavorable self-assembling processes,Chemical Communications,(23) : 3457-3459 link

Simon, F.-X.; Nguyen, T.-T.-T.; Schmutz, M.; Decher, G.; Nicoud, J.-F.; Mesini, P.J. (2009), Nitrochalcones as organogelators: evidence of the involvement of nitro groups and solvent in gel formation,New Journal Of Chemistry,33(10) : 2028-2033 link


Reisch, A.; Voegel, J.-C.; Decher, G.; Schaaf, P.; Mesini, P.J. (2007), Synthesis of polyelectrolytes bearing phosphorylcholine Moieties,Macromolecular Rapid Communications,28(23) : 2217-2223 link

Khelfallah, N.S.; Decher, G.; Mesini, P.J. (2007), Design, synthesis, and degradation studies of new enzymatically erodible poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate)/poly(ethylene oxide) hydrogels,Biointerphases,2(4) : 131-135 link

Simon, F.-X.; Khelfallah, N.S.; Schmutz, M.; Diaz, N.; Mesini, P.J. (2007), Formation of helical mesopores in organic polymer matrices,Journal Of The American Chemical Society,129(13) : 3788 link


Khelfallah, N.S.; Decher, G.; Mesini, P.J. (2006), Synthesis of a new PHEMA/PEO enzymatically biodegradable hydrogel,Macromolecular Rapid Communications,27(13) : 1004-1008 link

Diaz, N.; Simon, F.-X.; Schmutz, M.; Mesini, P. (2006), Self-assembled nanotubes in organic solvents,Macromolecular Symposia,241() : 68-74 link


Diaz, N.; Simon, F.X.; Schmutz, M.; Rawiso, M.; Decher, G.; Jestin, J.; Mesini, P.J. (2005), Self-assembled diamide nanotubes in organic solvents,Angewandte Chemie-International Edition,44(21) : 3260-3264 link


Lavalle, P.; Vivet, V.; Jessel, N.; Decher, G.; Voegel, J.C.; Mesini, P.J.; Schaaf, P. (2004), Direct evidence for vertical diffusion and exchange processes of polyanions and polycations in polyelectrolyte multilayer films,Macromolecules,37(3) : 1159-1162 link

Clement, E.; Mesini, P.J.; Pattus, F.; Schalk, I.J. (2004), The binding mechanism of pyoverdin with the outer membrane receptor FpvA in Pseudomonas aeruginosa is dependent on its iron-loaded status,Biochemistry,43(24) : 7954-7965 link


Schmidt, R.; Adam, F.B.; Michel, M.; Schmutz, M.; Decher, G.; Mesini, P.J. (2003), New bisamides gelators: relationship between chemical structure and fiber morphology,Tetrahedron Letters,44(15) : 3171-3174 link


Schmidt, R.; Schmutz, M.; Mathis, A.; Decher, G.; Rawiso, M.; Mesini, P.J. (2002), New synthetic oligoamide gelators: Structural study by X-ray and neutron scattering,Langmuir,18(19) : 7167-7173 link

Schmidt, R.; Schmutz, M.; Michel, M.; Decher, G.; Mesini, P.J. (2002), Organogelation properties of a series of oligoamides,Langmuir,18(15) : 5668-5672 link