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M. RANNOU Patrice

CNRS Director of Research (DR-CNRS), Section 11: "Soft Matter: Synthesis, Development, Assemblies, Structure, Properties, Functions", Institute of Chemistry (CNRS-INC)


UMR5279-LEPMI (CNRS/Grenoble-INP/UGA/USMB), Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Physicochemistry of Materials & Interfaces, MIEL Team (Materials, Interfaces, and ELectrochemistry), Room RB5, 1130, Rue de la Piscine, BP 75, F-38402 SAINT-MARTIN d'HERES Cedex (FRANCE). Email 1: Email 2: Email 3:

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Research Overview
In a nutshell: Multi-scale/physics structure/property (electronic, ionic, protonic transfers) correlations within self-assembled & hierarchized synthetic & bio-sourced/mimetic/inspired functional (liquid crystalline) materials addressing UN SDG N°7
Through the rational design, circular chemistry, controlled synthesis & advanced processing of functional (synthetic & bio-based/sourced/inspired (e.g. DNA, Peptide, Protein)) soft materials (block molecules, oligomers & homo/block co-polymers, dendrons/dendrimers) aiming at encoding complex & efficient functions through hierarchical self-assembly processes across many length scales (nano⇒meso⇒micro⇒macro-scales), the main aim of my research activities for the past two decades has been dedicated to eradicating all potential sources of (chemical, structural, and energetic) disorder to boost the efficiencies of electronic, ionic, and protonic transfers at work within active layers of (opto)electronic actives devices (IT/Organic (Bio)Electronics: FETs & solar cells), of proton exchange membranes of Fuel Cells (Energy Generation), of thermoelectric generators & coolers (Energy Harvesting), and of (liquid crystalline/polymer/”hybrid” inorganic/organic) solid-state electrolytes of batteries & supercaps. (Energy Storage). These (bio)material science approaches are combined with the technical developments of multimodal (at the LEPMI lab & ESRF large scale facility) platforms for performing in depth (in situ & operando) studies with the goal of accessing the intrinsic (defect-free) & ultimate electronic, ionic & protonic transfer performances of functional soft materials towards next generation applications within the fields of IT (Nano(Bio)electronics) & Energy generation, harvesting, and storage (Nanonionics/Nanofluidics).

Research Areas
-Circular Chemistry towards Functional Multi-Block (Supra/Macro)Molecules
-Self-Organized (Bio-inspired/sourced) π-Conjugated (Semi)Conducting & Ionically Conducting Materials
-Organic/(Supra)Molecular (Opto)Electronics & Iontronics

Research Interests & Keywords
-Organic & (Supra/Macro)Molecular Chemistry: (Supra/Macro)Molecular Engineering Approaches & Synthetic Routes towards Oligo/Poly-mers, Alternated Copolymers, Block Molecules/Copolymers & Dendritic Functional Architectures
-1D vs. 2D vs. 3D Self-Assembly of Functional Materials: Controlled Phase Separation (Self-organization & Hierarchization) in (Multiblock) Functional Architectures based on Covalent & Non-Covalent (Ionic, H-Bonding, Van der walls …) Interactions
π-Conjugated Materials: Organic SemiConductors (thiophene-based OSCs) & Organic Conductors (aniline-based OCs)
-Organic Single Crystals & Functional Liquid Crystals (LCs): Molecular OSCs, Calamitic/Sanidic and Polycatenar LC OSCs
-Bioinspired, Biobased & Biosourced OSCs: DNA-OSC Hybrids, Self-Assembled Oligo(Peptide)s (Quantum Dots (QDs) & Nanotubes (NTs)), and Proteins (Amyloid Fibers))
-Single-Ion Conducting Materials: Homo/Block Co-polymers, Mono-End-Capped Polymers & Thermotropic Ionic Liquid Crystals (TILCs)
-Ionic/Protonic/Electronic Transport & Optoelectronic Properties: dc-Conductivity, Charge Carrier Mobility (SCLC/OFET), Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), Electronic & Energy & Ionic Transfers
-Optoelectronic & Iontronic Devices: Organic Field-Effect Transistors (OFETs), Organic Solar Cells , Organic ElectroChemical Transistors (OECTs), Batteries, Supercapacitors

PhD Openings: We're hiring! 
*Self-healing electrolytes for an efficient and sustainable solid-sate energy storage: Microbatteries 2.0 (FIRESTONE)
Postdoctoral Fellow Position (PDF) Openings
*Design and Synthesis of (π-conjugated-based) Organic Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conductors (OMIECs) for Organic (Bio)Electronics
See PDF Position filled as of March15, 2021! 

Personal Selection of 31 Publications (P1-31) over the 2002-2022 Period (full list on request ) of over 134 papers (77 regular articles & 57 proceeding papers), 2 book chapters (Electronic & Optical Properties of Conjugated Molecular Systems in Condensed Phase, 2003 & Handbook of Liquid Crystals, 2014), and 16 patents: 

Selection of Granted (Inter)National Collaborative Research Projects Since 2015: Co-PI & PI Roles 
-H2020-MSCA Project HOPES/(FET-Flagship) Battery2030+:"self-assembled/healable Hybrid inorganic/Organic Polymer Electrolytes for sustainable electrochemical energy Storage"
-ANR-MASTERMIND: "MultiscAle STructure/propERty relationship in MIxed (ionic/electronic) (macro)molecular coNDuctors: Towards new generation organicbioelectronic devices" ANR Grant # ANR-20-CE06-0022
-(FET-Flagship) Battery2030+/H2020 Project HIDDEN: "HIndering DENdrite growth in lithium metal batteries"
-FACCTS 2020-ILLINOIS: "Thermotropic Ionic Liquid crystaL: Encoding dImensionality-controlled & NanocOnfined Ionic tranSport"
-PHC STAR2019-PIONEER: "Korea-France collaborative research cluster for Post-Lithium ION solid-state Electrochemical EneRgy storage systems" ID # 43568NC
-ANR-BioNics: "Self-Assembling Proteins for Bio-Inspired Nano-Electronics" ANR Grant # ANR-17-CE09-0013
-ANR-GATE: "Generic approach to new organic semiconductors for electronic applications" ANR Grant # ANR-16-CE07-0024
-Fondation Nanosciences/Labex LANEF-DiSABloC: "Directed Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers: Towards Smart Functional Surfaces for Nanoelectronics, Energy, and Biology" Fondation Nanosciences & Labex-LANEF through ANR Grant #ANR-10-LABX-51-01
-ANR/NSF-PIRE/REACT: "Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies for the Human Habitat" NSF PIRE-OISE Grant #1545884. ANR-PIRE Grant #ANR-15-PIRE-0001

(Gratefully Acknowledged) National Funding & Support (NFS) and International Funding & Support (IFS): 

(Greatly Appreciated & Enjoyed) Past/Present Local, National & International Collaborations with the groups of:

Activités / CV

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Short Biosketch
Dr. Patrice Rannou (ORCID: 0000-0001-9376-7136) graduated from the Textile & Chemical Institute of Lyon (1993/M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry) and from University Montpellier II (1994/M.Sc. in Polymer Physics) and E.N.S. de Chimie de Montpellier (1994/M.Sc. in Polymer Science). He holds a PhD in Physics from the University J. Fourier (1998) and a research habilitation (HDR) in Chemistry (2013) from the University of Grenoble. After 16 months spent as a visiting researcher at the R & D New Materials Center of Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd (HCC) in Hitachi-city, Japan, he was hired in Oct. 1999 as a CNRS researcher in the UMR5819-SyMMES (Molecular Systems & nanoMaterialS for Energy & health) lab where he served till Sept. 30, 2021. Since Oct. 2021, he is a CNRS member of the MIEL Team (Materials, Interfaces and ELectrochemistry) of the UMR5279-LEPMI (Laboratory of Electrochemistry and Physicochemistry of Materials & Interfaces) lab. He holds a CNRS Director of Research position within the Section 11 (Soft matter: synthesis, development, assemblies, structure, properties, functions) of CNRS-INC (CNRS’s National Institute of Chemistry) since Oct. 2015. Till date (i.e. March 2022), he has (co)advised 17 postdoctoral fellows, (co)supervised 11 PhD students & >35 (under)graduate students. He is the (co)authors of 134 papers (77 regular articles & 57 proceeding papers), 2 book chapters, and 16 (FR/EP/JP/US/WO) patents.

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Professional Preparation
-2013: Habilitation (HDR: "Habilitation à Diriger lesRecherches") in Chemistry (University of Grenoble I-UG)
-1998: Ph.D. in Physics (University Joseph FOURIER/Grenoble I-UJF)
-1994: M.Sc. in Polymer Physics (University of Montpellier II-UMII)
-1994: M.Sc. in Polymer Science (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier-ENSCM)
-1993: M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry and Blends (Textile & Chemical Institute-ITECH)

-Since 10/21: Directeur de Recherche 2ème Classe CNRS
CNRS/Institute of Chemistry (INC) Section 11: "Soft Matter: Synthesis, Development, Assemblies, Structure, Properties, Functions"
-04/15 till 09/21: Directeur de Recherche 2ème Classe CNRS
CNRS/Institute of Chemistry (INC) Section 11: "Supra/Macro-Molecular Systems & Materials: Elaboration, Properties, & Functions"
UMR5819-SyMMES (CNRS/CEA/Grenoble-INP/Univ. Grenoble Alpes)
-09/17 till 01/18: Director of the Observatory for Micro and NanoTechnologies (UMS2920-OMNT [CEA/CNRS])
-09/13 till 09/17: Deputy-Head of the Observatory for Micro and NanoTechnologies (UMS2920-OMNT [CEA/CNRS])
-10/02 till 04/15: Chargé de Recherche 1ère Classe CNRS
CNRS/Institute of Chemistry (INC) Section 11: "Supra/Macro-Molecular Systems & Materials: Elaboration, Properties, & Functions"
UMR5819-SyMMES (CNRS/CEA//Univ. Grenoble Alpes)
-10/99 till 10/02: Chargé de Recherche 2ème Classe CNRS
CNRS/Institute of Chemistry (INC) Section 11: "Supra/Macro-Molecular Systems & Materials: Elaboration, Properties, & Functions"
UMR5819-SPrAM (CNRS/CEA/Univ. Grenoble Alpes)
-06/98-09/99: Visiting Researcher, New Materials Laboratory R&D Center, Hitachi Chemical. Co. Ltd, Hitachi, Japan
Synergistic Activities
-2018-To Date: Co-organizer of the 1st & 2nd edition of the GrEnoble eNerGy ConversIoN & storage Winter School (ENGINE2019+ENGINE2021+ENGINE2023) ENGINE2023: Member of ENGINE's Organizing Committee
-2015-To Date: Member of the CFCL's Scientific Committee CFCL2017:
-2015: Co-organizer of the 17th Edition of the French Workshop of Self-Organized Anisotropic Systems (CFCL2015) CFCL2015: Member of the CFCL2015's Organizing Committee
-2014: Co-organizer of the 2nd Organic Electronics Summer School (OESS2014) OESS2014: Member of the OESS's Steering Committee and Program Co-Chair (with Prof. Raphaël CLERC)
-2013-To Date: Member of the ICOE's Program Committee ICOE2021:
-2013-To Date: Co-organizer of the French-American Workshop (FAW) FAW2019: Member of the Organizing Committee of FAW. -2013: Co-organizer of the 9th International Conference on Organic Electronics (ICOE) ICOE2013: Member of the ICOE2013's Organizing Committee and Program Co-Chair (with Prof. Raphaël CLERC)
-2012-To Date: Member of the Steering Committee of the MINATEC Summer Program (MSP), renamed from 2014 onward as Giant International Internship Programe (GIIP) GIIP:
-2012 till 2014: Responsible of communication (CNRS-INP/INC sides) of the UMR5819-SPrAM (CNRS/CEA/UJF) Lab
-2012: Co-organizer of the 41st National Congress of the French Association of Polymers (GFP) GFP2012: Member of the GFP2012’s Organizing Committee
-2006-To Date: Co-organizer of the International Conference on Molecular Electronics (ElecMol) ElecMol21: Member of the ElecMol’s Organizing Committee. -2004 till 2017: Co-leader (With Dr. Jean-Louis FAVE) of a team of ca. 25 French leading experts of the emerging field of organic (opto)electronics and Senior Expert within the Organic Electronics division of the French Observatory of Micro & NanoTechnologies OMNT-UMS2920 (CNRS/CEA): -2001-03/2013: Elected member of the Scientific Council of the UMR5819-SPrAM (CNRS/CEA/Univ. J. Fourier) Labortaory of Structures and Property of Molecular Architectures

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