Institut Lumière Matière, UMR5306 Université Lyon 1 & CNRS, France
o Since 2003, Full Professor (PR-EX2 since 2016), University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Institut of Light and Matter, UMR5306, CNRS-University Lyon1
o 2010 – 2016, Director of the doctoral school of Physics and AstroPhysics of Lyon (Graduate school). This school hosts between 150 and 180 PhD student in 5 labs over the University Lyon 1 and ENS Lyon
o Since 2007, Head of the luminescence group, 17 permanent staffs and several interns, PhD and Post-doc. Web
o 1995, NATO Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
o 1993 – 2003, Associate Professor - section CNU 30, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Luminescents
o 1990 – 1993, PhD in Physics, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Photoionization processes in Eu-doped Fluoride crystals
o 1989 – 1990, DEA (M.Sc-2) Atoms, Photons and Molécules, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1
o 1988 – 1989, Military Service, Istres
o 1987 – 1988, Maitrise (M.Sc-1) in Physics, University of Caen
My research is on light-matter interactions, with a particular focus on luminescent and scintillating materials materials and associated processes. I work in close collaboration with chemists, in particular for the elaboration of inorganic solids (crystals, films, nanostructures) as well as for the understanding of structure - optical properties relationships. Regarding scintillating materials, my activity currently focuses around nano-scintillators and thin films. It includes fundamental aspects, as well as applicative considerations such as photodynamic therapy, ultra-fast timing for time-of-flight detectors, ultra-high resolution X-ray imaging as well as radioactivity detection. In nano-optics, the nano-luminescence activity deals with fundamental aspects of various confinements which can be observed in nano-systems (quantum and dielectric aspects) as well as the interactions between the nanoparticles and their environment. I am also developing research in Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) toward analysis in the frame of the platform OPTOLYSE that I lead. The goal is to push all the technical limits (sensitivity, spatial resolution, speed of detection) and to apply the technique in various fields. Of course, all these research activities are not developed alone but in deep connection with several colleagues and several research groups.
o 25 Invited Plenary talks and tutorials in international conferences: Gordon Research Conference, EURODIM, SCINT, LUMDETR, Electro-Chemical Society, SAFARI...
o 2019, Tan Chin Tuan Fellow, NTU, Singapore
o 2020, Best paper Award of IEEE Transactions in Nuclear Sciences
o 2022-…, PI of LIBELUL project, targeted project in PEPR DIADEM. The objective of this demonstrator is to develop 2 high performance LIBS platforms: 1 platform is a mobile LIBS set-up adapted to the onsite analysis, and 1 platform dedicated to combined LIBS, Raman and Luminescence mapping at high speed (1kHz).Partners: UCBL, CEA.
o 2020-…, PI of SPARTE project, FET-OPEN H2020. The aim of the project is to develop porous scintillating materials for radioactive gas detection, Partners: Chemistry lab. at the ENS-Lyon, Milano Biccoca Univ., Pragues Technical University, CEA-LNHB, Icohup SAS, NanoActive-Film.
o 2020-…, PI of PHC Merlion Project. The aim of the project is to develop microstructure detector for medical spectroscopic x-ray imaging. Partners: CINTRA-CNRS-NTU Singapore.
o 2016-…, PI of OPTOLYSE project, a platform for solid analysis, CPER. The aim of the platform is to bring research experiments toward analysis tool at the state of the art for the private sector. Partners: Physics lab. at the ENS-Lyon, LHC at the University of Saint-Etienne.
o 2016-2018, NATO Country project director: New sensor materials and detectors for ionizing radiation detection. This NATO multi-year Science for Peace and Security program aims at creation of new generation of radiation detectors to enhance the nuclear and ionizing radiation safety. Partner: Dr. Oleg Sidletskiy, ISMA, Ukraine.
o 2016-2020, Head of Partner #3 of the Twin- H2020: ASCIMAT. The overall aim of the project is to boost the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in advanced scintillation materials of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Partners: FZU, CERN, UNIMIB.
o 2017-2020, Head of the Partner #3 of the ANR CLYMENE. The aim of this funded research program is to develop LMO crystals for the scintillating bolometers used in the rare events searches. Partners: ICMCB, SIMAP and CSNSM.
o 2016-2020, Head of Partner #9 of the FUI program EFIGY. The aim of the research program is to bring innovative optical properties in textile fibers. Partners Brochier, SATAB, EFI Lighting, Blanchard, I Lumin Design, Masseboeuf, JRC Reflex, CTI.
o 2011-2016, Head of Partner #5 of the FUI program COSIRIX. The aim of the research program is to design a new generation of radiologic detector. Partners Trixell, Noesis, Pixalys, CEA-LETI.
o 2010-2014, of the ANR Program INFINHI. The aim of this funded research program is to develop a prototype of high energy calorimeter based on the concept of metamaterials containing inorganic scintillating fibers. Partners: CERN, University of Bordeaux and the private company FiberCryst.
o 2013-2015, Head of Partner #3 of ANR Program SPEPIX. This funded program is devoted to development of a new generation of spectroscopic x-ray imagers. Partners: Trixell-CEA-CREATIS.
I am experienced in various fields of physics (thermodynamics, classical and quantum mechanics, optics...) as well as in various levels at the University (undergraduate as well as graduate students). An illustration of current or recent teachings is listed below.
o Solid State Physics: Lecture for International Master of Physics class as well as for NanoScale Engineering Master Class, University Lyon1.
o Lecture for undergraduate students on Electromagnetism.
o Optical properties of solids: Lecture for Master students.
o Thermodynamics: Lecture for undergraduate students.
o Statistical physics: Tutorials for undergraduate students.
o Quantum mechanics: Tutorials for undergraduate students (ENS Lyon).
o Nov. 2017, invited professor at the Universty of Gangzhou (SCUT- China) for a series of lectures on Optical Materials.
o June. 2018, invited Professor at Milano Biccocca university (Italy) for a lecture series on Solid State Optics.
o Several lectures in summer schools on luminescence and scintillation.
o Since 2014: Chairman of the international Advisory Committee of the conference series Scintillating Materials and their Applications (SCINT)
o Chairman of the International Conference on Defects on Insulating Materials, Lyon, 10th-15th July 2016
o 2006-2018 Associate editor of the international peer review journal "Journal of Luminescence"
o Member of the international Advisory Committee of the conference series International and European Conference on Defects on Insulating Materials (ICDIM and EuroDIM)
o Chairman of the International Summer School NANOLUM (2010), Porquerolles.
o Vice-Chairman of the International Conference on Luminescence (ICL08 in Lyon)
o Associate editor for several proceedings in J.of.Lum, IEEE TNS, Optical Materials
o Member of the steering committee of Crystal Clear Collaboration hosted in CERN
o Co-founder of the start-up ICOHUP . The company develops and sells a new generation of radioactivity detectors.
o PI of several research programs with industrial partners
o Pavlo Mai, Oct 2021 - ... : Porous scintillators for radioactive gaz detection.
o Jordan Fernandes, Oct 2021 - ... (co-direction V.Motto-Ros, L.Sorbier ): Using LIBS imaging for ultra-high resolution images of Li batteries.
o Matilde Baravaglio, sept 2020 - ... (co-direction B.Mahler) in cooperation with CINTRA: On the use of perovskite for fast timing scintillation.
o Laura Wollensen, sept 2019 - May 2023 (co-direction P.A. Douissard -ESRF): Ultra dense thin crystalline films for x-ray imaging. Post Doc at ILM in Crystal Growth.
o Zhu Meng, sept. 2018 - May 2021 (co-direction B.Mahler): Charge effects in semiconductor QDs as nanoscintillators. Associate Professor at Shenyang Ligong University.
o Amira Saoudi, sept. 2017 - Nov 2020 (co-direction B.Mahler): Elastico-mecanico luminescence mechanisms in textile fibers. Engineer in private a company.
o Marine Leprince, sept. 2017 - Jan 2021 (co-direction V.Motto-Ros), LIBS imaging in soft biological tissues. Engineer in private a company.
o David Hofman, Defense in 2016 (co-direction G.Cagnoli), Study and control set-up of wide band width control in a large coater deposition device. Currently in Engineer at Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés.
o Federica Riva, Defense in 2016 (co-direction T.Martin (ESRF) ): Thin scintillating films for high resolution imaging. Permanent position as engineer in the Netherlands.
o Gaël Patton, Defense in 2015. We have co-founded the start-up ICOHUP SAS. He is the CEO of the company.
o Anne-Laure Bulin, Defense in 2014 : Mechanisms of energy relaxation in nanoscintillators. Full researcher position at ISERM. web
o Kristof Pauwels, Defense in 2013 (co-direction P.Lecoq (CERN) ): Inorganic single crystalline fibers for dual-readout calorimetry. Associate researcher ESRF.
o Cédric Mancini, Defense in 2010 (co-direction G.Ledoux): Achromatic confoncal microscope set-up. Professor (agrégé) in classe préparatoire.
o Vincent Lebihan, Defense in 2008 (co-direction P.Mélinon, Anne Pillonnet): Interaction of nano-structures (agrégats or nano-films) with their environment: Structural and dielectric effects. Scientific consulting in patents.
o Guillaume Burato, Defense in 2008: Structural effects on the scintillating micro-needles of CsI:Tl. Unkonwn position.
o Philippe Anfré, Defense in 2007: Localization of the interaction in scintillating fibers, Engineer in private a company.
o Bruno Mercier, Defense in 2005 (co-direction G.Ledoux): Luminescence properties in confined Gd2O3: Eu3+. Unknown position.
o Wilfried Blanc, Defense in 2000 (co-direction JC Gacon): Scintillation mechanisms in lutetium based fluoride materials doped with cerium. Full researcher position at CNRS.