Tatiana Budtova

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Born23 June 1963
Alma materPhysical Faculty, Leningrad State University

Tatiana Budtova, born on 23 June 1963, is a researcher, specialising in the chemical physics of polymers, and working in the Centre for Materials Forming (CEMEF - UMR 7635) of MINES ParisTech. She is best known for her work with polymers and pioneering work with aerogels. In 2020[1], she was awarded the CNRS.


Tatiana Budtova graduated in 1987 from the Physical Faculty of Leningrad State University. In 1992, she obtained her PhD in the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of the Russian Academy of Sciences, under the supervision of :ru:Френкель,_Сергей_Яковлевич|Professor S. Y. Frenkel.

Dr Budtova began collaborating with CEMEF in 1993[2] and subsequently obtained her habilitation at University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis / Mines ParisTech|Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, in 1999. In 2004, she joined CEMEF on a permanent basis, subsequently becoming director of the research group for bio-based polymers and composites[2]. Between 2016-2020[3] Dr Budtova was appointed a Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) in Aalto University, Finland.

Dr Budtova's research focuses on the development of bio-based aerogels, polymer composites reinforced with natural fibres, polysaccharide, and polymer solutions and gels. Since 2015, she has served as one of the editors of Carbohydrate Polymers[4].


The first bio-aerogels were made in the early 2000s. Dr Budtova's flagship work to date has been based around the development of aerogels which can be manufactured without chemical synthesis, based on “ready-made” polymers found in nature. This idea was born in collaboration with PERSEE/Mines ParisTech. The core idea was to create truly bio aerogels, utilising the shared expertise of the two groups.

The first research project on bio-aerogels ("AeroCell"[5]), which launched this area of research, was funded by the European Commission and co-ordinated by Lenzing AG|Lenzing, an Austrian company with expertise in cellulose fibres. In 2004, CEMEF and PERSEE submitted a Soleau envelope. At that time, this new material was referred to as “aerocellulose[6]”. As a result of this collaboration and the knowledge generated, all bio-based aerogels are now called “bio-aerogels”[7].

Between 2012-2014, Dr Cyrielle Rudaz, working under the supervision of Dr Budtova, discovered that pectin aerogels are thermal super-insulating materials (with thermal conductivity lower than that of air)[8]. Furthermore, in 2016-17 two Masters students (Lucile Druel & Richard Bardl) working under the supervision of Dr Budtova, were awarded the prix "Innovation" by Maiz'Europ[9] for their discovery that starch aerogels[10] are also thermal super-insulating materials.

Awards and Honours


  1. "Tatiana Budtova, CNRS 2020 silver medal". Centre de mise en forme des matériaux. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Bio-based polymers and composites - BIO". Centre de mise en forme des matériaux. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  3. "ALL-CELL: From ultra-light to ultra-strong all-cellulose composites via green processing | Aalto University". www.aalto.fi. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  4. Carbohydrate Polymers Editorial Board.
  5. "Aerocellulose and its carbon counterparts - porous, multifunctional nanomaterials from renewable resources". CORDIS - EU research results. Retrieved 2021-01-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Gavillon, Roxane; Budtova, Tatiana (2008-01-01). "Aerocellulose: New Highly Porous Cellulose Prepared from Cellulose−NaOH Aqueous Solutions". Biomacromolecules. 9 (1): 269–277. doi:10.1021/bm700972k. ISSN 1525-7797. PMID 18085745.
  7. Rosenau, Thomas; Potthast, Antje; Hell, Johannes (2018-12-03). Cellulose Science and Technology: Chemistry, Analysis, and Applications. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-119-21762-6.
  8. Rudaz, Cyrielle; Courson, Rémi; Bonnet, Laurent; Calas-Etienne, Sylvie; Sallée, Hébert; Budtova, Tatiana (2014-06-09). "Aeropectin: Fully Biomass-Based Mechanically Strong and Thermal Superinsulating Aerogel". Biomacromolecules. 15 (6): 2188–2195. doi:10.1021/bm500345u. ISSN 1525-7797. PMID 24773153.
  9. "Résultats du " Prix Imagin'Maïs 2016-2017 "". Monde des grandes écoles et universités (in français). 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  10. Druel, Lucile; Bardl, Richard; Vorwerg, Waltraud; Budtova, Tatiana (2017-12-11). "Starch Aerogels: A Member of the Family of Thermal Superinsulating Materials". Biomacromolecules. 18 (12): 4232–4239. doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.7b01272. ISSN 1525-7797. PMID 29068674.
  11. "Mille chercheurs parlent d'avenir". Maraval (in français). Retrieved 2021-01-02.
  12. "Tatiana Budtova, lauréate du Prix ADEME des Techniques Innovantes pour l'Environnement". ARMINES, acteur de l'innovation par la recherche partenariale (in français). 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2021-01-02.

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