Lionel Patrone

Researcher and Associated Professor
Institut Materiaux Microélectronique Nanosciences de Provence
UMR CNRS 7334, Aix-Marseille Université, Univ. de Toulon
ISEN Yncréa Méditerranée, Toulon

Scientific profiles



Dr. Lionel Patrone is research scientist at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2003, co-leader of the Nanostructuration group at the Institute of Materials, Microelectronics, and Nanoscience of Provence (IM2NP), and physicist lecturer at ISEN Yncréa Méditerranée engineering school.
After an engineer degree from the National Engineering School in Physics of Marseille (now Centrale Marseille) he was graduated with a Master’s degree and a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Aix-Marseille in 2000. He obtained important scientific results in the demonstration of quantum confinement within size-selected nanoclusters, in the study of mechanical & tribological properties and manipulation of carbon nanotubes using atomic force microscopy, and on the topic of self-assembled thiol monolayers (SAM) on Au(111) and electron transport properties of conjugated molecules using scanning tunnelling microscopy with particular interest in the role of the molecule-electrode coupling. He proved experimentally for the first time that changing S for Se as anchoring group of molecular wires on gold electrode enhances transport properties.
Dr. Lionel Patrone’s research activity is mainly devoted to SAM structure-properties relationship, with expertise in scanning probe microscopy techniques and molecular electronics and optoelectronics based on self-assembled molecular nanostructures, being involved in various projects and having supervised 6 PhD theses related to this field. He has also been a board member of the French Society of Physics and involved in various administration and scientific animation responsibilities.
His research results were published in over ~50 scientific papers and more than 150 communications and conferences with 22 invited talks at international conferences.