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About me

Lionel Patrone is a researcher (physics experimenter) at CNRS section 05 since 2003. He received his Habilitation to Supervise Research in 2013. After an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille (now Centrale Marseille), he obtained a Master's degree and a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2000. Afterwards, he worked as an ATER at the University Joseph Fourier Grenoble/CNRS (carbon nanotubes: mechanical and tribological properties and atomic force microscopy manipulation). He then did a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at CEA/Saclay in the field of molecular electronics, studying monolayers of self-assembled molecules on Au (111) and the electronic transport properties of π-conjugated molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy (group of J.P. Bourgoin, S. Palacin). He joined IM2NP within ISEN-Toulon in 2002 to develop a research activity in molecular electronics and self-assembled monolayers (SAM).

Areas of expertise

Molecular electronics based on monolayers of self-assembled organic molecules, nanosciences, surface physical chemistry, spectroscopies and local probe microscopies

Research and development activities

He has supervised 6 PhDs and 4 post-docs. He has been involved in various projects related to self-assembled molecular monolayers and their applications in molecular electronics:

  • Scientific leader at IM2NP of the ANR projects "MEMO" (2005-09: molecular memories) and "SAGeIII-V" (2012-15: self-assembled molecular nanodielectrics on Ge and AsGa).
  • Coordinator of the "SAMOS" project (Molecular self-assembly and nanoparticles for photovoltaic cells) funded by the "Fonds France-Canada pour la Recherche" program (2013-15) with Queen's University, and supervision of a co-supervised PhD thesis (J.M. Nunzi group, Canada)
  • Coordinator of the French-Czech Hubert Curien project "Barrande" (2018-19) on the assembly of small organic molecules for gas sensors with the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague (M. Vrnata, P. Fitl).
  • Contributor to various projects (ANR, AMIdex, Region, STREP IST program).

Teaching activities

  • Quantification and Duality (Quantum Mechanics) in CSI3
  • Physics of Solids, semiconductor, and devices in M1 "Embedded systems
  • Responsible for the "Maritime Telecommunication Networks" Master's degree with the French Navy
  • Molecular Electronics in M2 at Aix-Marseille-Univ


Selection of 5 publications:

  • Y. Dufil, V. Gadenne, G. Delafosse, P. Carrière, J.M. Nunzi, L. Patrone*
    Growth and organization of (3-Trimethoxysilylpropyl) diethylenetriamine within reactive amino-terminated self-assembled monolayer on silica
    Appl. Surf. Sci. 508, p. 145210 (2020) / DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.145210
  • V. Gadenne, B. Grenier, C. Praveen, P. Marsal, J. C. Valmalette, L. Patrone, J. M. Raimundo
    Combo SERS/DFT studies of push-pull chromophores self-assembled monolayers: insights of their surface orientation
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 21, pp. 25865-25871 (2019) / DOI : 10.1039/C9CP04008Kt
  • V. Malytskyi, V. Gadenne, Y. Ksari, L. Patrone*, J.-M. Raimundo
    Synthesis and characterization of thiophene-based push-pull chromophores for tuning the electrical and optical properties of surfaces with controlled SAM formation
    Tetrahedron 73, pp. 5738-5744 (2017) / DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.08.004 
  • X. Lefèvre, F. Moggia, O. Segut, Y.-P. Lin, Y. Ksari, G. Delafosse, K. Smaali, D. Guérin,V. Derycke, D. Vuillaume, S. Lenfant,* L.Patrone,* B. Jousselme*
    Influence of molecular organization on the electrical characteristics of pi-conjugated self-assembled monolayers
    Phys. Chem. C 119, pp. 5703-5713 (2015) / DOI: 10.1021/jp512991d
  • S. Desbief, L. Patrone*, D. Goguenheim, D. Guérin, D. Vuillaume
    Impact of chain length, temperature, and humidity on the growth of long alkyltrichlorosilane self-assembled monolayers
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13, pp. 2870-2879 (2011) / DOI: 10.1039/C0CP01382J

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