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Christian Colliex

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Laboratoire de Physique des Solides
Université Paris Sud, Bât 510
91405 Orsay

+33 169155370
christian [dot] colliex [at] u-psud [dot] fr


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Present position and responsibilities

  • CNRS research director (DRCE2)
  • Distinguished member of Brockhouse Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Past-President of IFSM (International Federation of Societies for Microscopy), 2011-2014
  • Member of the EPSRC college (2006-2010)

Past titles and responsibilities

  • Head of the electron microscopy group, LPS Orsay (1972-2009)
  • Director of Triangle de la Physique (Réseau Thématique de Recherche Avancée=RTRA), a national advanced research cluster in physics (2007-2012)
  • President of IFSM (International Federation of Societies for Microscopy), 2007-2011
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of the Societies of Electron Microscopy (1998-2006)
  • Vice-President of the Organizing Committee and Chief-Editor of the Proceedings for ICEM 13, Paris (1994)
  • President of the French Society of Electron Microscopy (1990-1992)
  • Founder and Chief Editor of the European Journal of Physics: Applied Physics (1998 - 2002)
  • Founder and Chief Editor of the Journal Microscopy, Microanalysis, Microstructures (1990 -1998)
  • Co-partner in the European Infrastructure ESTEEM (Advanced electron microscopy), 2006-2010
  • Co-partner in an European programme STREP SPANS on Single particle nanophotonic switches, 2005-2008
  • Co-partner in an European IP programme FOREMOST on : Fullerene-based opportunities for robust engineering: making optimized surfaces for tribology, 2006-2009
  • Co-partner in an European programme Improving Human potential on "Fullerene-like materials" (2002-2005)
  • Co-director of an ICORP French (CNRS) - Japanese (JST) program on "Nanotubulites" with S. Iijima (Japan) (1998-2002)
  • Co-partner in an European program Training and Mobility of Researchers on "New carbon-based hard materials" (1997-2001)
  • Co-partner in a NEDO project (Japan) on "Nanotubular materials", with Profs. Iijima (Japan), Saito (Japan), Dresselhaus (USA) and Tenne (Israel), (1995- 1998)
  • Co-partner in a Brite Euram EU project (1993-1996) on "New materials grow from the deposition of preformed clusters" (which has been renewed for the period 1998-2001 as "Cluster Engineered Materials")

Research Interests

  • Electron microscopy, instrumentation and interpretation of images
  • Analytical Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis
  • Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (experiment and theory),
  • Core-edge analysis, interpretation of fine structures, image-spectrum and line-spectrum acquisition, spatially resolved spectroscopy
  • Applications to nanostructures and nanomaterials (carbon and composite nanotubes, nanowires, metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles...), interfaces, multilayers, clusters, solid state chemistry, biomolecules...


More than 320 papers in refereed journals, 180 publications in Conference Proceedings, 25 chapters of books and one full book (La Microscopie Electronique, Collection "Que sais-je?", PUF (1998), now translated in German, Elektronen-mikroskopie, WVG Stuttgart (2008)), more than 150 invited lectures over the past ten years, organizer of about 30 national or international conferences, workshops and schools (in particular an Euro Summer School in Cargese, France, for two weeks and 100 participants in May 2000).


  • Engineer Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines Paris (1965)
  • Ph.D. thesis, University of Paris Sud, Orsay (1970)
  • CNRS research staff member at the Solid State Physics Laboratory, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay, since 1965, and Head of the Electron Microscopy group in this Laboratory since 1972
  • Director of the Aime Cotton Laboratory (UPR CNRS 3321) University Paris-Sud, 91405 Orsay, France, from January 1996 to December 2001
  • Visiting Scientist, IBM Almaden, San Jose, USA, 4 months (1986)
  • Associate Professor, ASU, Tempe, Arizona, USA, 6 months (1985)
  • Visiting scientist, Cavendish Lab, Cambridge, and Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, UK, 5 months (1976)
  • Laureate of the French Academy of Sciences (Prix Laura Mounier de Saridakis 1996,Grand Prix Scientifique France-Taiwan 2005)
  • Awarded the Holweck prize and medal by IOP and SFP (Cambridge 2009)
  • Awarded the "Grande Médaille de la Société Française de Métallurgie et des Matériaux" (Paris 2010)
  • Elected foreign member Royal Society of Arts and Science, Göteborg, Sweden (2011)
  • Chevalier dans l'ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur (2012)

Full publications list

(Publications listed here present works also not endorsing the STEM group)