CV I am a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG). My main research interests are the synthesis, functionalization and applications of semiconductor nanocrystals (“quantum dots”), nanowires and metal halide perovskites. One of the big challenges is the understanding of the nucleation and growth mechanisms, which govern the size and shape of these nano-objects. Another important topic is the precise determination of their surface state. We are developing in situ studies and we are using advanced X-ray diffraction and NMR spectroscopy techniques to address these questions. Our main focus lies in the development of novel, toxic heavy metal-free quantum dots for many types of applications, in particular solar cells, photocatalysis, thermoelectricity, and biological imaging. In this context, our novel continuous-flow synthesis facility “C-surf” enables the fast screening of reaction parameters and the highly reproducible precision synthesis of nanoparticles.
I am currently Head of the team
STEP, which stands for Synthesis, Structure and Properties of Functional Materials. Before coming to France, I graduated from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1997 and received my PhD in inorganic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Dieter Fenske in 2000. After a post-doctoral stay at CEA-Grenoble DRFMC, I was hired as a staff researcher in 2002. In 2008, I obtained my habilitation (HDR) from University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.
If you are interested in our research on semiconductor nanocrystals please visit: http://www.symmes.fr/en/Lists/StaticFiles/NanoX/Index.html
In the field of solar energy conversion we have also a dedicated website:
Publications I am currently acting as Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (NPG) and as Associate Editor for Nanoscale Research Letters (Springer), Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers) and Journal of Nanomaterials (Hindawi).
My list of publications can be found
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.