Maxime was born in Dax, in the South West of France, and obtained a Master degree in Molecular and Macromolecular Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux in 2014. In his final year, he conducted a graduate research stay in Chimie ParisTech under the supervision of Prof. Véronique Michelet, working on enantioselective gold catalysis. As top of his class, he then obtained a grant from the French Ministry of Research and started a PhD in organic chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Mireille Blanchard-Desce in Bordeaux. His research project focused on the design and synthesis of light-sensitive probes based on photolabile protecting groups able to deliver bioactive compounds in a highly controlled manner under two-photon excitation, and he defended his thesis with honors in 2018. During the following year, he extended his stay in Dr. Blanchard-Desce’s group to work as postdoctoral researcher on the synthesis of different two-photon absorbing chromophores, such as phosphorous-based fluorescent dendrimers enabling laser-induced nano-lithography. In 2019, Maxime joined Prof. Bradley’s group at the University of Edinburgh to work as post-doctoral research associate, and develop new therapeutically activatable photonic sensors for the Proteus project.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, literature and arts, but also traveling and sharing moments with friends and family around tasteful meals, wines and beers.