Associate professor, HDR

Sorbonne University
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris cedex 5
Tower 43-44, 5th floor
E-POM Group
Phone : 33 (0)1 44 27 55 53

Research interests

Surface chemistry, coordination chemistry, nanometric assemblies, molecular electronics and spintronics

Current research

  • Thin films of polyoxometalates on flat surfaces and advanced physical measurements toward their integration into molecular and spin electronic devices.
  • Assemblies of polyoxometalates and magnetic or conductive nanoparticles to tune the intrinsic properties of the nanoparticles, towards emergent multifunctional assemblies.

Selected recent results

  • Periodic organization of isolated polyoxometalates on HOPG thanks to a bidimensional organic network (Nanoscale 2023)
  • Photomodulation of monolayers of polyoxometalates deposited electrostatically on a thiol SAM on gold (Nanoscale 2022)
  • Tuning of the Coulomb blockade properties of ultra-mall platinum nanoparticles by surface modification with of thiol-terminated polyoxometalates (Nanoscale Horiz. 2021)

Scientific career

  • 2007-2010: Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of Talal Mallah, ICMMO (University of Paris-Saclay): Bistable nanoparticles of cyanide-bridged networks
  • 2010-2011: Post-doctoral research with H. Perez, CEA Saclay (DSM/ IRAMIS/SPAM-LFP): Capped platinum nanoparticles deposited on carbon nanotubes for PEM Fuel Cells
  • 2011-2012 : Post-doctoral research with E. Coronado, ICMol, Valencia, Spain: Growth of MOFs on substrates, for molecular spintronics
  • Since 2012 : associate professor at IPCM, Sorbonne University
  • 2022 : Habilitation (Sorbonne university)  Manipulating molecules and molecular materials at the nanometric scale : toward molecular and spin electronics
  • 2024-2029 : IUF junior member

Selected publications

  1. Ready-to-be-addressed oxo-clusters: individualized, periodically organized and separated from the substrate
     J. Salhi, J. P. Calupitan, M. Mattera, D. Montero, A. Miche, R. Maruchenko, A. Proust, G. Izzet, D. Kreher, I. Arfaoui, F. Volatron*
    Nanoscale202315,13233, DOI: 10.1039/d3nr02649c
  2. Redox-controlled conductance of polyoxometalate molecular junctions 
    C. Huez, D. Guérin, S. Lenfant, F. Volatron, M. Calame, M. L. Perrin, A. Proust, D. Vuillaume*, 
    Nanoscale2022, 14, 13790, DOI : 10.1039/d2nr03457c
  3. Polarizability is a key parameter for molecular electronics 
    A. Gillet, S. Cher, M. Tassé, T. Blon, S. Alves, G. Izzet, B. Chaudret, A. Proust, F. Volatron*, S. Tricard*, 
    Nanoscale Horiz.2021, 6, 271, DOI : 10.1039/d0nh00583e
  4. Covalent grafting of polyoxometalate hybrids onto flat silicon/silicon oxide : insights from POMs layers on oxides 
    M. Laurans, K. Trinh, K. Dalla Francesca, G. Izzet, S. Alves, E. Derat, V. Humblot, O. Pluchery, D. Vuillaume, S. Lenfant, F. Volatron, A. Proust*, 
    ACS App. Mater. & Int.2020, 12, 48109 ; DOI : 10.1021/acsami.0c12300
  5. Molecular signature of polyoxometalates in electron transport of silicon-based molecular junctions
    M. Laurans, K. Dalla Francesca, F. Volatron*, G. Izzet, D. Guerin, D. Vuillaume*, S. Lenfant*, A. Proust*, 
    Nanoscale2018, 10, 17156, DOI: 10.1039/c8nr04946g
  6. Electron Transfer Properties of a Monolayer of Hybrid Polyoxometalates on Silicon
    F. Volatron, J.-M. Noël, C. Rinfray, P. Decorse, C. Combellas, F. Kanoufi, A. Proust, 
    J. Mater. Chem. C2015, DOI: 10.1039/c5tc00074b

List of publications from HAL