Team : the meeting of 2 Inventors & 4 Entrepreneurs

Our creative team

SurfactGreen was created in 2016 by 2 investors 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.

Pierre-Yves Divet

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.

Xavier Roussel

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.

Thierry Benvegnu

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.

Daniel Danjean

founder

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.

Daniel Plusquellec​

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.

Jacques Biton

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

R&D ENGINEER

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.

Francis Galle

FORMULATION ENGINEER

Francis Galle is a chemical engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL). As a new member of Surfactgreen, Francis will certainly be able to rely on his experiences with surfactants used in detergent and agrochemical for the development of SurfactGreen molecules.

Cédric Boyère

R&D ENGINEER

Cédric Boyere has a PhD from the university of Liège. He did some research projects on organic chemistry and he also wrote a novel anionic sugar-based detergents. He also developed an original library of surfactants. Lately, Cédric worked in CO₂ technologies and new ideas to green chemistry.

Cyrielle Cleenewerck

PROJECT CRM MANAGER AND MARKETING & COMMUNICATION ASSISTANT

Cyrielle Cleenewerck is studying in the Business School of Rennes. Previously brand ambassador and commercial & marketing intern, she is going to develop the digital strategy of SurfactGreen and set up new projects in periodic training.

André Martin Neuville

CHEMICAL TECHNICIAN

Andréa Martin Neuville studied analytic chemistry in IUT Lyon. She worked in different groups as chemical technician.