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Kawthar Bouchemal is a Professor in Polymer Physical Chemistry and Formulation (since September 2022) at Chimie ParisTech (Chemistry Research Institute of Paris, UMR CNRS PSL 8247). After a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) diploma, she completed a Master’s Degree in Medical and Biological Engineering and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology at the University of Lyon in the group of Professor Hatem Fessi. In 2015, she has been appointed to the Institut Universitaire de France, an elite French institution that recognizes the teaching and research achievements of the awardees.
Her research activities are focused on the conception, characterization, and evaluation of the behaviors of pharmaceutical formulations aiming to improve the efficacy and decrease the side effects of active pharmaceutical drugs. Her research on self-associating polysaccharides and cyclodextrins has led to the development of a new family of anisotropic nanoparticles. She serendipitously discovered that a simple mixing of an amphiphilic polysaccharide with α-cyclodextrin in water resulted in particles with a typical hexagonal shape, flat surfaces, and sharp edges. These particles exhibited intrinsic antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities without drug addition. Other research work deals with process engineering applied for colloidal drug delivery systems. She demonstrated the existence of a power-law relationship between nanoemulsion droplet size and turbulences created by the solvent diffusion process. Then, she demonstrated that this mathematical model is applicable for designing polymeric nanoparticles based on nanoprecipitation.
Kawthar Bouchemal is the inventor of 16 patents. She has been attributed the award for The Best Innovative Company by the French Minister of Higher Education and Research in 2013 (Emergence) and in 2016 (i-Lab). Based on her experience in technology transfer and entrepreneurship, she founded a Master's degree program focused on the Protection and Management of Innovation in Health. She is the director of the Master's program since 2020.
She served on the editorial board of Pharmaceutical Research journal and was a guest editor for the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. She was chair and member of the organizing and scientific committee of national and international meetings on Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics.
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