Physicist, Research Director at CNRS
obtained the Dipl.-Ing. degree in Solid State Physics in 1981 from the National Institute for Applied Science (INSA) of Toulouse then his PhD in 1984 from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse. From 1985, he was Staff Scientist (permanent position) in the semiconductor group at CEMES, an autonomous laboratory of the National Center for Scientific Research, where he performed experimental work on TEM characterization of ion implanted materials. From 1988 to 1993, he has been visiting or staff scientist in national laboratories abroad (about 3 years), in India (Chandigarh) and California (Berkeley), notably working on MBE grown semiconductors. For ten years, he has been leading a group of 10 in the field of ion implantation and dopant diffusion in semiconductors. Alain’s interest ranges from the nucleation and growth of extended defects and nanoprecipitates, diffusion anomalies in semiconductors and very low energy ion implantation. He is the author or co-author of more than 250 publications in international journals (h factor=37), the editor of the book “Transmission electron microscopy in micro/nanoelectronics (Ed. ISTE Wiley London) and gave more than 50 invited talks in international conferences. He has been the organizer of several international conferences (MRS (3), E-MRS (2), IEEE, GADEST…) and is a member of the scientific/technical boards of several others. In 2013, he was the general chairman of the Spring E-MRS Conference which hosted 25 Symposia and where more than 3 000 attendees participated. Main contributions are i) the first unified vision of the thermal evolution of interstitial defects and the explanation and simulation of transient diffusion anomalies of dopants in silicon, ii) the identification of the basic mechanisms involved in so-called SmartCut process (H ion implantation leading to fracture), iii) the manipulation and integration of nanocrystals in memory devices and iv), the manipulation of stress/strain in materials and devices for improving their performances. From 2000 to 2004, he was the coordinator of the EC supported NEON (nanoparticles for electronics) a GROWTH Project aimed at engineering nanocrystals for memory applications. Appointed as “Directeur de Recherches” in 2002, he founded and led the “nanoMaterials Group” at CEMES where about 30 permanent scientists and about the same number of PhDs and PostDocs worked on the synthesis, the physics, the characterization and the integration of nano-crystals and ultrathin films in systems for applications in electronics, magnetism and optics. From January 2011 to December 2015, Alain was the Director of CEMES, a leading laboratory of 170 people owned by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientfique (CNRS) in the field of nanosciences and nanomaterials (www.cemes.fr) . Alain can be reached at email@example.com . Today, Alain is a private scientific consultant for several companies, notably the newly founded “Institut de Recherche Technologique” Antoine de Saint Exupéry devoted to aeronautics and space.