Scientific Director at Solvay

Patrick Maestro, the Scientific Director of Solvay group, has been involved in many areas of investigations in the field of materials science and contributed to a certain number of discoveries for market agile solutions in catalysts, luminescence and pigments for polymers, which were developed at his labs.

With 50 publications and 15 awarded patents, Patrick Maestro is a leader in Solvay’s Research and Innovation labs and acclaimed innovator in his field. Furthermore, he is highly influential thanks to his publicly funded research work with industrialists.

As Scientific Director, his role is to bridge the Group with key universities (UPenn (US), Fudan (China), EPFL (Switzerland), Université de Bordeaux (France),...) in order to foster collaboration on pivotal technological advancement. Research at Solvay is completely international.

My role is to ensure that Solvay maintains itself at the right scientific level, with the right skills and knowledge to address the subjects we work on, for all our business units internally and also through numerous relations with the outside world.

Committed to span the impact of research for agile real-world application, he also created four joint laboratories (France, US, China) that gather researchers from Solvay, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and universities. All work together at Solvay facilities on common scientific challenges such as eco-friendly reactions for new processes, microfluidics for chemical reactions and mixing, as well as the study of complex formulations and advanced materials, to tackle business unmet needs where breakthrough science is needed.  

Maestro is a member of the French Academy of Technologies. He was the winner of the 2015 CNRS Innovation Medal and has just received the Légion d’honneur, France’s most prestigious order of merit. He is also actively involved in global prospective projects aiming at developing applications based on sustainable chemistry for the future.

I want to encourage young people to embrace scientific careers, because it’s important for the future. It pleases me to see that many young people today are interested in science. I try to help them and share my experience as much as I can.

Finally, he recently took part in the Disruptive Innovation Festival 2018 (DIF), an online platform curated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to spark debate on the need for more circularity at all levels of the market, industry, as well as in daily life, helping to shift mindsets and inspire action globally. Patrick Maestro’s session discloses more on how helping the circularity of molecules as well as the materials of our customers and end-users is vital.

E2P2L team members, Shanghaï, China

Bridging the gap between industrial and fundamental research

A strong believer in the virtues of open innovation, Solvay frequently engages in collaborations for research & development with partners of all sorts. One central aspect of this is the Group’s extensive work with the academic world on a global scale.