The 15th European Microscopy Congress

Manchester Central, United Kingdom

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Plenary Speakers - Dr Christian Colliex

Dr. Christian Colliex is presently CNRS Research Director, in the Electron Microscopy group at the Solid State Physics laboratory in Orsay. During his career, he has been researcher at the Cavendish Laboratory and overseas Fellow at Churchill College in Cambridge (1976), visiting professor at ASU (1985), IBM researcher at Almaden, San Jose (1986), director of  the Aimé Cotton Laboratory in Orsay, which is a proper CNRS laboratory dedicated to basic atomic, molecular and cluster physics (1996-2002) and he is affiliated to the Brockhouse Institute of Materials Research at Mc Master University, Hamilton (Canada) since 2006.

His main fields of interest concern the development of new instrumentation and methodologies for local analysis in condensed matter. Relying mostly on electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in electron microscopy, these techniques have been used to investigate down to the atomic level, the structural, chemical, electronic and optical properties of isolated nanostructures, nano-objects and defects.

He has published over 300 papers, delivered more than 100 invited lectures over the past ten years He has been co-director with Prof. Sumio Iijima, of an international cooperative programme between CNRS and JST, named « Nanotubulites ». (1996-2002). He has been partner in seven EC programmes from 1996 to 2010. In particular he has been responsible for the creation and is node leader (2006-2011) in the European Integrated Infrastructure in Advanced Electron Microscopy (ESTEEM).

He has served from 2007 to 2011 as President of the International Federation of the Societies for Microscopy (IFSM) and as President of the International Conference on Microscopies ICM 17 at Rio de Janeiro (2010).

After having promoted the project, he is now the director of the French government selected programme “Triangle de la Physique”, an advanced research cluster in physics gathering south of Paris (Palaiseau-Orsay-Saclay), over 1500 physicists from 40 laboratories and 10 national organisations, university and engineering schools.