Professor Dr. Marie-Paule PILENI

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, CEA,
IRAMIS, CEA Saclay, 91191, Gif-sur-Yvette, France,
e-mail: mppileni(at)
h factor: 73. Total citations: 20,241. Average citation per item: 50



* Understanding the fundamentals of the kinetics and mechanisms in colloidal solutions guided her in both the creation of inorganic nanocrystals differing by size, distribution, crystalline structure shape and in the chemical modification of enzymes.
* Building up thermodynamically stable states of self-assemblies, both for surfactant molecules (supraaggregates) and inorganic nanocrystals (supracrystals).
* Finding collective optical and magnetic properties induced by dipolar interactions and due to the nanocrystal arrangements in 1D, 2D and 3D superlattices.
* Discovering chemical and physical intrinsic properties due to the crystalline structure of isolated nanocrystals.
* Discovering different physical (vibrational, magnetic, optical) properties of nanocrystal assemblies depending on the crystalline atomic structure of nanoparticles.
* Developing conceptual analogies between supracrystals and atomic crystalline structures.
* Solubilization of hydrophobic supracrystals in aqueous solution for biomedical  (imaging and hyperthermia) applications
* cracks of nanocrystals films.
* Nanolithography: nanomaterial as masks
* Physical chemistry in condensed matter.
* Colloids sciences.
* Solar energy.
* Photophysic and photobiology.
* Photochemistry in gas phase.



2014-2010     Senior research Nuclear Center (Saclay).
2005-2010     Chair of Institut Universitaire de France.
2004-2010     Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA
2002-–2010  Distinguished Professor first class, University P. & M. Curie
1999-2010    Member of Institut Universitaire de France
1997-2002     Distinguished Professor second class, University P. & M. Curie
1990-1997     Full Professor, University P. & M. Curie
1983-1990     Associate Professor, University P. & M. Curie
1969-1983     Assistant Professor, University P. & M. Curie



2017.     ACS-SCF Franco-American Lectureship Prize
2017.     Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur
2016.     Pierre Süe award, from the French Chemical Society
2015.     Honorary Holmberg Lecture Chalmers – Gothenburg
2014.     Journal Colloid Interface Science, JCIS, Life Achievement Award
2013.     Commandeur dans l’Ordre National du Mérite
2012-     Foreign member of The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg
2012.     Member of Academia net
2011.    Catalán-Sabatier Lectureship award from the Royal Society of Chemistry of Spain
2010-2015     European Research Council, ERC, Advanced Grant Award
2009-2010    Member of the Academia Europaea
2009-2010    Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, United Kingdom
2009.     Officier dans l’ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur
2006.     Emila Valori Award, French Academy of Sciences
2006.     Officier dans l’ordre National du Mérite.
2006.      Lecture for Marie Curie 100 years anniversary.
2005.     Blaise Pascal Medal in engineering and material sciences, European Academy of                   Science.
2004-20Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
2004.     Descartes-Huygens Prize, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
               The Welch Foundation lecture, USA
2003.     Senior research Award, Alexender von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
2003-     Member of European Academy of Science
2002.     Doctor Honoris Causa , Chalmers University, Göteberg, Swede
2001.     Lecture Award of Japanese Chemical Society, Division of Colloids and Surface
2001.     French citation laureate, Institute of Scientific Information. Award for most                         quoted French scientist between 1981 and 1998.
   Special Recognition Award, Riken Institute, Japan
2000.     Langmuir Award, American Chemical Society, division of colloids and surface                     science.
1999.     Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur



2012-2014     Member of the council scientific of Defense
2010-              Member of  European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL)
2009-2011     Member of the Presidium of the european academy of sciences
2007- 2014    Scientific comity member of France-Israel Foundation
2006-2009     Chair of a material science scientific committee of the european academy of sciences
2006-2008   Vice-Chair of the committee for professional equality between woman and man in academia and research.
2001-2011     Member of the board of “Institut Universitaire de France”
1991-1999     Member of the Education National Comity
1991-1992     Member of the “Institut des Hautes Etudes de Sécurité Intérieure”  (IHESI)
1990-1992     Chairperson on workshops related to the French Defense research
1989-1992     Consultant at the Minister of Recherche concerning the National Defense.
1989.               Member of the “Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Européenne ”
1987-1988     Member of the ’“Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale”  (IHEDN)
1984-1986:     Member of National exam in Chemistry



2014-              Co-editor of European Physical Society
2013-              Material Horizons Royal Society of Chemistry
2010-2016  Journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, PCCP,  Royal Society of Chemistry,
2009-              International Journal of Photoenergy, Hindawi Publishing corporation
2008-              Advanced in Physical Chemistry, Hindawi Publishing corporation
2006- 2016    Accounts of Chemical Research, American Chemical Society
2006- 2016  
  Journal of experimental nanosciences,  Publisher Taylor&Francis
2002-             Journal of Physical Chemistry, American Chemical Society.
1996-2007      Langmuir, American Chemical Society.
1988-1996      Journal de Chimie-Physique French Chemical Society.



1985-2001. Nuclear Center, C.E.A. D.S.M, Saclay, France
1995. Procter & Gamble, Cincinnatti, USA
1990-1994. Société Nationale des Poudres et Explosifs, SNPE, France
1990. Toyota (Japan), Aventis (France), EADS (France).



2001-2009      Laboratoire des matériaux mésoscopiques et nanomètriques, LM2N
1992-2000      Structure et réactivité des systèmes interfaciaux, SRSI



Journals-         440 publications: feature articles, perspective, peer journals  (Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir, Advanced Materials, Phys Rev Letters, Phys Rev, Nature Mat. etc…),  publications in international refereed conference proceeding, monographies, 38 chapters of books, articles in popular journals, patent.

Book and Guest editors – Reverse micelles, Elsevier, 1990, Nanocrystals forming Mesoscopic Structures, Wiley, 2005.

 Special issues :J.Phys.Chem.B.-honoring Pr.J.Fendler. (2008); Account Chemical Research- “Nanosciences” (2008); Account Chemical Research-honoring Pr. B.Barbara (2012). Langmuir-honoring. T Kunitake (2016)