Lionel Patrone

Lionel Patrone

Lionel Patrone

French National Center for Scientific Research and ISEN-Toulon, France

Dr. Lionel Patrone (47 years old) is research scientist (physicist) at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) since 2003, co-leader of the “Nanostructuration” group at the Institute of Materials, Microelectronics, and Nanoscience of Provence (IM2NP). He received his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from Aix-Marseille University in 2013. After an engineer degree from the “National School of Engineering in Physics of Marseille” (now “Centrale Marseille”) he obtained a Master degree and a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2000, on the subject of Si & Ge nanocluster preparation and electronic properties. In particular he demonstrated quantum confinement within size-selected nanoclusters. Afterwards, he was appointed as lecturer-researcher at the Grenoble University of Joseph Fourier/CNRS and studied mechanical & tribological properties and manipulation of carbon nanotubes using atomic force microscopy. Then, he worked two years at CEA/Saclay (Paris area) in the field of molecular electronics studying self-assembled thiol monolayers on Au(111) and electron transport properties of conjugated molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy with particular interest in the role of the molecule-electrode coupling. As a key result he proved experimentally for the first time that changing S for Se as anchoring group of molecular wires on gold electrode enhances transport properties. He joined IM2NP within ISEN-Toulon engineering school in 2002 where he developed a research activity in molecular electronics. Since then, he has been involved in various projects related to self-assembled molecular monolayers and their application in molecular and organic electronics, (supervision of 3 PhD theses and post-doctoral researchers, local scientific manager of various projects). Since 2011, he has been supervising two additional PhD theses on self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) for photovoltaics in collaboration with Queen’s University (Canada) and another PhD on self-assembled nanodielectrics. He has been leader of a FFCR/FCRF project on SAMs for photovoltaics (2013-15) with the latter. He is also associate professor at ISEN-Toulon, and board member of the French Society of Physics (SFP). He is author or co-author of 45 scientific papers, ~140 conferences and communications. His research activity is mainly devoted to SAM structure-properties relationship, with particular expertise in scanning probe microscopy techniques. His current research interest is molecular electronics and optoelectronics based on self-assembled molecular nanostructures.

Selected publications:

  • V. Malytskyi,J.−J. Simon, L. Patrone, J.−M. Raimundo: “Synthesis and characterization of thiophene-based push-pull chromophores for tuning the electrical and optical properties of surfaces with controlled SAM formation”, Tetrahedron 73, 5738-5744 (2017) / DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2017.08.004
  • X. Lefèvre, F. Moggia, O. Segut, Y.-P. Lin, Y. Ksari, G. Delafosse, K. Smaali, D. Guérin,V. Derycke, D. Vuillaume, S. Lenfant,* L. Patrone,* B. Jousselme: “Influence of molecular organization on the electrical characteristics of π-conjugated self-assembled monolayers”,  J. Phys. Chem. C 119(10) 5703–5713 (2015) / DOI: 10.1021/jp512991d

V. Malytskyi,J.−J. Simon, L. Patrone, J.−M. Raimundo: “Thiophene−based push−pull chromophores for small molecule organic solar cells (SMOSCs)”, RSC Adv. 5 (1), pp. 354 – 397 (2015) / DOI: 10.1039/C4RA11664J RSC Advances 5, 26308-26315 (2015) / DOI : 10.1039/C5RA02200B

  • V. Gadenne, L. Porte, and L. Patrone : “Structure and growth mechanism of self−assembled monolayers of metal protoporphyrins and octacarboxylphthalocyanine on silicon dioxide”, RSC Adv. 4 (110), 64506-64513 (2014) / DOI: 10.1039/C4RA11285G
  • D.A. Valyaev, S. Clair, L. Patrone, M. Abel, L. Porte, O. Chuzel, J.-L. Parrain ; “Grafting a Homogeneous Transition Metal Catalyst onto a Silicon AFM Probe: a Promising Strategy for Chemically Constructive Nanolithography”, Chem. Science 4 (7), 2815-2821 (2013) / DOI: 10.1039/C3SC50979F
  • L. Patrone, V. Gadenne, S. Desbief: “Single and Binary Self-Assembled Monolayers of Phenyl- and Pentafluorophenyl-Based Silane Species, and Their Phase Separation with Octadecyltrichlorosilane”, Langmuir 26 (22), 17111–17118 (2010) / DOI: 10.1021/la102742e

– K. Moth-Poulsen, L. Patrone, N. Stuhr-Hansen, J.B. Christensen, J.P. Bourgoin, T. Bjornholm: “Probing the Effects of Conjugation Path on the Electronic Transmission through Single Molecules
Using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, Nano-Lett. 5 (4), 783 (2005) / DOI: 10.1021/nl050032q

– L. Patrone, S. Palacin, J. Charlier, F. Armand, J.P. Bourgoin, H. Tang, S. Gauthier: “Evidence of the key role of metal-molecule bonding in metal-molecule-metal transport experiments”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 (9), 096802 (2003) / DOI : 10.1103/PhysRevLett.91.096802

– L. Patrone, D. Nelson, V.I. Safarov, M. Sentis, W. Marine et S. Giorgio: “Photoluminescence of silicon nanoclusters with reduced size dispersion produced by laser ablation”, J. Appl. Phys. 87 (8), 3829-3837 (2000) / DOI: 10.1063/1.372421