Christian Colliex

Christian Colliex is presently Emeritus CNRS Research Director, still affiliated with the Electron Microscopy group at the Solid State Physics laboratory in Orsay, which he has lead over 35 years until 2009.
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 individual 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 in the creation of ESTEEM, the European Integrated Infrastructure in Advanced Electron Microscopy (2006-2011). He has been laureate of the French Academy of Sciences (in 1995 and in 2005 France-Taiwan grand prize), he has been awarded the Holweck prize 2009 (joint French SFP – British IOP award) and the Grande Médaille of the French Society for Metallurgy and Materials Sciences in 2010.
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).