Engineer of l'École nationale supérieure de Chimie de Paris (Major) 1978

Doctorat ès Sciences (PhD in Physical Sciences) University of PARIS 6-Pierre et Marie Curie 1981

Career in national education

Attaché de Recherche CNRS (1978-1982)

Chargé de Recherche CNRS (1982-1988)

Director of Research II CNRS (1988-1995)

Professor at l'Ecole Polytechnique (1991-2003)

Director of Research I CNRS (1995-2006)

Director of Research Exceptional Class CNRS (2006-2011)

Director of the laboratory "Chimie de la Matière Condensée" (1999-)

Co-Director of the laboratory "Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris" UMR CNRS 7574 (2000-2004)

Director of the laboratory "Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris" UMR CNRS 7574 (2005-2013)

Professor at Collège de France, Chair of Chemistry of Hybrid Materials (2011-)


Research interests and fields of expertise

Soft Chemistry Based Routes to Nanostructured Materials. Sustainable Chemistry (chimie douce)

Sol-Gel Chemistry from Metal Alkoxides Precursors

Templated Synthesis of Inorganic Gels and Mesoporous Coatings (self-assembly)

Designed Construction of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials (Metal Oxides Based on Si, Sn, Ti, Zr ...)

Optical, Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Hybrid Materials

Bio-Inspired Approaches to Hierarchically Structured Inorganic and Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials

Hybrid Biomaterials

Applications of Hybrids in the Domains of Environment, Health and Energy

Scientific distinctions and awards

Recipient (1978) of the Major Medal of the ENSCP

Recipient (1983) of a NATO Fellowship

Winner of the IBM Award for Materials Science in 1988

Winner of the Solid State Chemistry Division Award of the French Chemical Society in 1994

Recipient (1995) of the CNRS Silver Medal

Winner of the Yvan Pueches Award of the French Academy of Sciences in 2000

Winner of the ADFAC -University of Paris VI Award for Capitalizing on Research in 2000

Recipient (2007) of the Lavoisier Medal CEA Le Ripault

Catalan-Sabatier Award of the Real Sociedad Espagnola de Quimica (2007)

Winner of the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2008

Lecturer (2008) at Otto-Warburg-Vorlesung, University of Bayreuth

Guest Professor at the University of Jilin-China (2009-)

Guest Professor at the University of Wuhan-China (2009-)

Recipient (2009) of the P. Süe Award of the French Chemical Society

Recipient (2010) of the Institut Français du Petrole Award of the French Academy of Sciences

Appointed Academician of the European Academy of Sciences, 2010

Appointed Foreign Academician of the Real Academia Nacional de Farmacia, Spain 2011

Appointed Academician of the French Academy of Sciences, 2011

Appointed Academician of Academia Europaea, 2012

Appointed Fellow of the Materials Research Society, 2012

Lecturer of the Nippon Sheet Glass-UCLA lecture, University of Los Angeles, 2014

Recipient of François Sommer Award « Man and Nature », 2014

Nominated Foreing Academician of the Royal Academia of Belgium, 2014.

Recipient of Eni Award « Protection of the Environment », 2014

Nominated Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2014

Recipient of the Career Award of the International Sol-Gel Society 2015