Since September 1st, 2013, I work as an assistant professor at the Laboratory for Aggregates, Interfaces and Materials for Energy, at the Charles Gerhardt Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials in Montpellier. Here in Montpellier, I am working in the Laure Monconduit’s group ‘Ion and Electron Transfer, Materials for Energy Storage‘ on the synthesis and formulation of porous electrode materials for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries and investigate their detailed electrochemical behavior.
My interest for science comes from the sci-fi literature, and especially Isaac Asimov and Jules Vernes. I can’t hide that “Foundation” has such an impact on me that it made me quit sociology for chemistry!
I graduated from Paris Sud University (Orsay) in inorganic chemistry, where I worked on coordination polymer (CP) nanoparticles, their synthesis and magnetic properties. In 2008, I obtained my Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry (supervisor Prof. Nicolas Mercier) after having studied hybrid perovskite materials from a fundamental point of view with a dual experimental/theoretical approach, especially the structure-property relationships (electronic conductivity, optical band gap, etc.). During my post-docs, in Manchester, UK, and Kyoto, Japan, my scientific interest was focused on (porous) coordination polymers, from their synthesis towards the understanding of their intriguing properties (adsorption, morphology, structuration and texturation, etc.).
In Kyoto, I was awarded a JSPS fellowship to become a member of the ERATO Kitagawa Integrated Pores project of Prof. Susumu Kitagawa, project led by Profs. Shuhei Furukawa and Ryotaro Matsuda. From January 2012, I was a post-doc, and a research and teaching assistant, at the Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (University Blaise Pascal) and worked on the rational synthesis of metal (oxy)fluorides as electrode materials for advanced Li-ion batteries.