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Curriculum vitae (short)

Education
  • Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, University Paris 11, Orsay (France) 2004 « Theoretical advances on oxide clusters and surfaces »
  • Ph.D. In Physics, University of Rome (Italy) 1988 - 1991 Thesis : "Structural and electronic properties of semiconductor surfaces and amorphous alloys from first principles", under the supervision of Prof. C.M. Bertoni
  • Laurea in Physics, University of Rome (Italy) 1981 - 1986 Ms. Thesis : « Non local exchange-correlation effects at jellium surfaces », under the supervision of Prof. G. Ciccotti. Final marks : 110/110 cum laude.
  • Bachelor in Arts, Liceo Classico « Virgilio », Rome (Italy) 1974 - 1979 Final marks : 60/60
Professional Experience
  • CNRS Research Director at « Institut des Nano-Sciences de Paris » 2005-
  • CNRS Researcher at « Groupe de Physique des Solides », Paris 2002-2004
  • CNRS Researcher at « Laboratoire de Physique des Solides », Orsay (France) 1993-2001
  • Post-Doc Fellow at the « Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire » 1992-1993 (CECAM), Orsay (France)
  • Ph. D. Fellow at IBM Research Center in Ruschlikön (Switzerland) 1991
  • Ph. D. Fellow at University of Rome 1989-1991
Awards
  • (2011) Invited Professor, University of Cagliari (Italy). Cycle of seminars and lectures « Electronic Structure of Oxide Surfaces ».
  • (1992) Recipient of « Della Riccia » Foundation fellowship : « Structure of Amorphous Alloys by first-principle Molecular Dynamics »
Management
  • (2014- ) Coordinator of the "Theory and Modeling in Computational Material Science » axis of the « MATISSE » labex, Paris-6 University.
  • (2012- ) Member of the local scientific council at INSP.
  • (2008-2009) CNRS institute of physics representative at CECAM scientific council.
  • (2003-2004) Member of the Committee (« Commission de Spécialistes) in Condensed Matter of Paris-6 University (in charge of the selection of applicants to Research Associate positions)
  • (1996-1999) Creation and management, with F. Willaime, G. Zerah, L. Reining and C. Koenig, of the « SEMAT 1 » series of conferences ; this was the first French network aiming at developing and spreading knowledge about the theory and numerical simulations in material science.
Conference and School Organization
  • (2016) Coordinator of the colloquium « Nuclear Quantum Effects » at the 2016 Annual Meeting on Condensed Matter (Journées de la Matière Condensée) of the French Physical Society (with J. Teixeira)
  • (2004-2015) Organization (with Ph. Depondt, M. Hayoun, and J.-C. Levy) of the annual « Journées/Ecole de Simulation Numérique », Paris
    - Member of 2 Scientific Committees and 5 Local Committees for the organization of Conferences or International Schools.
Teaching
Beyond my research activity, I have been teaching (mainly at the Master level) and training many students, although the CNRS positions do not necessarily imply teaching duties. I am convinced that teaching implies many intellectual advantages, even for the instructors : it can help creating a dynamic and interactive learning environment ; the instructors are forced to make concepts easier to understand, thus pushing them towards an “out-of-the-box” way of thinking ; sharing courses could also inspire new research ideas and intellectual partnerships among colleagues in a collaborative environment.

Master in Material Science and Nano-Systems (“SMNO” master), Paris-6 University :

  • (2004-2012) Lecturer of the “Introductory Solid State Physics” Course

In addition, I have taught in many schools for graduate and undergraduate students, among which :

  • (2015) « Linear Response and Density Functional Perturbation Theory », lectures and practicals, Paris Int. School on Advanced Computational Materials Science http://pisacms2015.sciencesconf.org/
  • (2008) « Pseudopotentials and plane-waves for electronic-structure calculations", lecture at the CNRS school « Description Quantique de la Structure Electronique des Nanostructures et Matériaux Complexes »