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MATerials, Interfaces, Surfaces, Environment

Steering Committe


The steering Committee supports and assists management, analyzes and selects resource requests, oversees the development of cross-cutting themes and ensures the operation of the program.

Zoheir Aboura

Laboratoire Roberval de l'Université Technologique de Compiègne.

 Professor Zoheir Aboura carries out his research activities within the Roberval Mechanics Laboratory.

His research work concerns the mechanics and mechanisms of ruin of composite materials. He has been in charge of the Materials and Surface equation since 2016. He is also Vice President of the Scientific Council of the Université de Technologie de Compiègne since December 2017.

Xavier Carrier

Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface (LRS), SU

Xavier Carrier is Professor at LRS, Sorbonne University, working on the synthesis of inorganic materials for heterogeneous catalysis. He obtained his PhD at University Pierre & Marie Curie and spent one year at Stanford University (California) as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences. His research interests include the use of complementary spectroscopic techniques for a molecular-scale understanding of physico-chemical phenomena involved in the preparation of supported catalysts.

Sophie Cassaignon

Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP)

Sophie Cassaignon is Professor at LCMCP, Sorbonne University. Her research domain is Condensed Matter Chemistry and Materials Science. She graduated from UPMC (Now Sorbonne University), and obtained his PhD at the same institution. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Valparaiso (Chili) and the ChimieParistech school. Her research interests are the synthesis of nanomaterials by soft chemistry and their use in devices for energy conversion (photovoltaics) or storage (batteries) and for depollution (photocatalysis).

Maguy Jaber

Laboratoire d’Archéologie Moléculaire et Structurale (LAMS)

Maguy Jaber is Professor at LAMS, Sorbonne University. Her research domain covers the preparation of different type of clays minerals and their hybrid derivates. She obtained her pHD at University of Haute Alsace. She was a postdoctoral researcher at “Collège de France” and associate professor in Alsace working on the molecular level characterization of the interactions between clay minerals and organic and inorganic pollutants. At Sorbonne Université, she worked in the field of prebiotic chemistry involving amino acids and lamellar materials. She developed the concept of Archeomimetism for the synthesis of new pigments based on historical recipes. Her current research interest is in the domain of cultural heritage materials going from fossils to paints focusing on interactions between biomolecules and inorganic matrices and their accelerated ageing.

Mathieu Salanne

PHysicochimie des Electrolytes et Nanosystèmes InterfaciauX (PHENIX)

Mathieu Salanne is Professor at PHENIX, Sorbonne University. His research focuses on the modelling of ionic materials for energy production and storage. He graduated in chemical engineering from Chimie ParisTech and obtained his PhD in 2006 at Sorbonne University. He develops methods for the realistic molecular simulation of solid and liquid electrolytes in situations of relevance to electrochemistry, in the  framework of an ERC consolidator grant (project AMPERE). He is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Chemical Physics and of the Scientific Steering committee of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, funded by the EU).

Chrystèle Sanloup

Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC)

Chrystèle Sanloup is professor at IMPMC, Sorbonne University. She is a mineral physicist, and her main research interests are the chemical and physical properties of planetary materials at depth, yet she has been regularly working on condensed matter physics issues. She obtained her PhD at ENS Lyon, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Geophysical Lab, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Her research involves high pressure/high temperature experimentation combined with in situ X-ray synchrotron techniques, Raman spectroscopy and post-mortem chemical analyses. Planetary implications range from the composition of the core to the formation of the atmosphere.

Abhay Shukla

iMAT Director

Institut de Minéralogie, de Physique des Matériaux et de Cosmochimie (IMPMC)

Abhay Shukla is Professor at IMPMC, Sorbonne University. His research domain is Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science. He graduated from EPFL, Lausanne and obtained his PhD at the University of Geneva. He was a postdoctoral researcher and scientist for several years at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Grenoble where he developed and used X-ray inelastic scattering methods for the measurements of electronic momentum distributions, electronic excitations and phonons in solids. At Sorbonne he continued the synchrotron spectroscopy work at SOLEIL and several other synchrotrons, notably under extreme conditions. His current research interest is in the domain of two-dimensional materials. His work involves electronic, optical and vibrational properties of these materials and devices and applications related to these properties.

Franck Vidal

Institut des NanoSciences de Paris (INSP)

Franck Vidal is assistant professor at INSP, Sorbonne University. His research domain is Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science. He obtained his PhD at LURE, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Condensed Matter Physics in Stuttgart. His current research interest is in the domain of magnetic materials. His work includes the development of new magnetic nanocomposites and the study of the magnetic and structural dynamics in hybrid systems, involving the use of synchrotron and X-FEL facilities.


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