Dr Chris Ewels

 

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Chris Ewels
 
I'm a CNRS researcher at the Institute of Materials in Nantes, France, working on computer modelling of atomic-scale point and line defects, new nanostructures and composite nanomaterials, primarily with carbon. This includes intrinsic defects in carbon and boron nitride nanomaterials, defects in graphite and fullerenes, gas absorption and chemical bonding to nanostructures, nanotube functionalisation, novel nanostructures, and the interaction between impurities such as hydrogen and dislocations in diamond and silicon. I also use optical, electron and X-ray spectroscopy of nanomaterials and spent a year building nanotube based epoxy resin and ceramic composites. My PhD was on defects in semiconductors such as Si and InP. Laboratory Website:
www.cnrs-imn.fr/PMN
Tel: +33 (0)2 40 37 64 07
Address:
Institut des Matériaux (IMN)
2 Rue de la Houssinière
BP32229
44322 Nantes Cedex 3
FRANCE


    Currently
  • Senior Researcher CR1 CNRS (Section 05 – Condensed Matter : Organisation and dynamics)
  • Within the group « Physics of Materials and Nanostructures » at the Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel – Nantes (IMN)
  • Coordinator of the transversal action « NanoCarbon » within the IMN
  • Trustee of the « Vega Science Trust »
  • Invited Researcher « Bio-Nano Electronics Centre », Toyo University, Tokyo (2013-2018)

    Qualifications
  • 2011: « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » (higher PhD) from Nantes University, speciality Physics of Materials.
  • 1993-97: Doctoral Thesis, Exeter University:"Density Functional Modelling of point defects in semiconductors"
  • 1989-93: Undergraduate Degree, BA Hons, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, Keble College, Oxford University

    Research Themes
  • Atomic scale modelling using DFT of carbon-based nanomaterials
  • Point defects (intrinsic and extrinsic) and line defects (dislocations, grain boundaries, …), their electronic structure, diffusion and aggregation
  • Interaction of nanomaterials with their environment (substrate, electrodes, gas absorption, …)
  • Spectroscopy of nanomaterials: Optical (Raman, FTIR), Electronic, X-ray, experimental and simulation
  • New nanostructures, their simulation and implementation
  • Science Communication (notably new media)

    Publications (as of 1/2014)
  • 113 publications in internation peer reviewed journals (H-Factor : 24)
  • 6 book chapters
  • Since 2006, 25 invited talks at national/international conferences, 19 oral conference presentations, 19 invited seminars, 15 (co)organisation of conferences
  • Complete publication list.

    Research Community Activities
  • Vice-Chair COST MP0901 « NanoTP »
  • Organiser of “PhD double degree programme” between Univ. Toyo and Univ. Nantes
  • Committee Member « British Carbon Group » (2002-)
  • Committee Member « GDR-I Graphene Nanotubes » (2008-)
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board « Materials Today » (2011-)
  • Co-organiser annual international conference « NanoteC » (1998-)
  • (Co-)organiser conferences: ICAMM, HeteroNanoCarb, GDRI-GNT2013, …
  • Science Communication : Video (public / schools / BBC), Scientific Images, school presentations, fête de la science, …


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