Our creative team
SurfactGreen was created in 2016 by 2 inventors and 4 entrepreneurs. As a result, SurfactGreen is a an experienced team of founders and co-owners cumulating 170 years of experience in chemistry, 90 years in international business development and start-ups and finally 90 years in green chemistry academic research.
President and founder
Pierre-Yves Divet (chemical engineer) is a private investor in the chemistry sector. He has also an international track record over several decades in leading large chemical companies.
Chief executive officer and co-owner
Xavier Roussel (INSEAD Executive MBA, BA Sales and Marketing) has held various positions (Supply Chain, VP Sales and Marketing, VP Operations and Managing Director) in different countries. Mainly focused on international development, Xavier has also been involved in food, agro-business, renewable energy and fine chemistry.
Inventor, scientific advisor and founder
Thierry Benvegnu (Ph.D in organic chemistry at ENSCR, postdoctoral studies at the Stanford University in USA) is professor, specialized in the design of 100% bio-based surfactants. Thierry received 6 awards and published more than 80 scientific papers. He published also 18 patents and is the co-author of several books.
Scientific advisor, and co-owner
Jacques Biton (Phd in biotechnology) has firstly held operational positions in R&D in international pharmaceutical companies. Since 2002, Jacques is involved in set up (from initial idea up to IPO on alternext) and operational management of innovative start-ups in cleantech, greentech and biotech.
Freddy Pessel is a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR). Moreover, Freddy also owns a PhD in Green Organic Chemistry from University Paris-Sud. Lately, Freddy worked for 2 years on the development on surfactants from brown algae. Freddy is currently working on the optimization and production of biobased cationic detergents.
Francis Galle is a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL) with expertise in formulation. Francis is able to rely on his experiences with surfactants used in detergent and agrochemical for the formulation of SurfactGreen molecules.
Cédric Boyere has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Liège (Belgium). He managed research projects in organic chemistry, green chemistry including CO₂ technologies and developped original libraries of sugar-based surfactants. Currently, Cédric is working on the valorization of algae by green chemistry.
Clémentine Martin Lepicard
Regulatory and Commercial Affairs Officer
Clementine previously worked in different companies in the personal care and cosmetic industry with 15 years of experience in commercialization of cosmetic raw materials. Lately Clementine was technico commercial focused on customer oriented. She is now responsible of cosmetic market segment.
Quentin Brouet is a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale (ESCOM). Quentin has 20 years experience in international sales and marketing of specialty chemicals and food ingredients in various companies.
R&D Cosmetic Laboratory
Milène has 5 years experience in R&D cosmetic formulation, especially in haicare, skincare and make up applications. She is in charge to set up the new cosmetic application laboratory at SurfactGreen.
Alice Marsault studied analytic chemistry and R&D formulation in Poitiers and Orleans universities. She is in charge of surfactants caracterization.
Daniel Danjean (Engineer ENSC Toulouse) has 25 years of experience as business developer for international chemical distributors. Indeed, Daniel is an expert in surfactant applications such as cosmetic, detergent, paint, building, printing and agroscience. He is also expert in formulation, registration, labelling and has also a diploma of trainer FFP.
Inventor and founder
Daniel Plusquellec is former Dean of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), France and former President of Fédération Gay-Lussac. Currently, Daniel is Emeritus Professor and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). Daniel has published more than 130 scientific papers, patents and is the co-author of several books.