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     Date Submitted:04-08-2009
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     KeywordsMaterials science; synthesis; composite materials
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    Last work

     

    2007-2008 Post-doctoral fellow of the University  of Montpellier (UM2), France, in the frame of CANAPE European project (Carbon Nanotubes for Applications in Electronics, Catalysis, Composites and Nano-Biology – Sixth Framework Program)

    Ø       http://www.canapeweb.com/

     

    Education

     

    2003-2006 Ph.D. Thesis in Chemistry, Materials Science;

    ·         Centre de Recherche sur la Matière Divisée (University of Orléans and CNRS, France)

    ·         Argonne National Laboratory (The University of Chicago and US Department of Energy, USA)

     

    2002      Post graduate degree in Polymer Chemistry; University of Bordeaux (UB1), France

    2001      Master’s degree in Chemistry; University of Bordeaux

    1999      Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; University of Bordeaux

    1998      University degree in Sciences; University of Bordeaux

    1994      High School Diploma (Mathematics and Physics); Lycée Stendhal, Aiguillon, France

    1993      High School Diploma (Biology); Lycée Stendhal, Aiguillon

    Research

     

    January 2007-June 2008

    « Enhancement of physical properties of carbon nanotubes/polymers composite materials »

    -          Functionalization of carbon naotubes surface to create a chemical link between nanotubes and organic matrices (PEEK, epoxy resin).

    -          Study of mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of this composite material.

    Supervisor: Dr. Jean-Louis Bantignies (LCVN)

             Laboratory of Colloids, Glasses and Nanomaterials (LCVN), University of Montpellier

     

     

    January 2003-July 2006

    « Effects of confinement of silver chalcogenide and hydrogen inside mesoporous silica and carbon nanostructures »

    Ø       http://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-00107124/fr/

    -          Synthesis and study of the structure of silver selenide nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion and inserted inside mesoporous silica. In particular X-ray diffraction is used to study the effects of confinement on solid-solid β-α phase transition.

    -          Study of H2 and D2 adsorption inside mesoporous silica and carbon nanostructures using neutron diffraction.

    Director: Pr. Marie-Louise Saboungi (CRMD)

    Research Center for Divided Matter (CRMD), University of Orleans

    Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS), ANL (May 2003-May 2005)

     

     

    January-July 2002

                    « Asymetric growth of polystyrene latex at surface silica beads »

    Synthesis of hybrid organic-inorganic particles by emulsion polymerization of styrene at the surface of silica beads from 100 nm to 1 μm.

    Supervisors: Dr. Etienne Duguet and Marie-Hélène Delville

    Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB), CNRS

     

     

    November 2000-July 2001

                                                    « Characterization of macromolecules by liquid chromatography at exclusion-adsorption transition point »

    New way of fractionation of functional (block-, random, grafted-) copolymers and other polymers architectures (star-like or ring-shaped polymers).

    Supervisors: Pr. Henri Cramail (LCPO) and Dr. Serge Laugier (ENSCPB)

    Laboratory of Organic Polymers Chemistry (LCPO), University of Bordeaux  

    The National Graduate School of Chemistry and Physics of Bordeaux (ENSCPB)

     

     

    April-June 2000                

    « Synthesis of cyclic phosphoesters and their ring-opening polymerization initiated by rare-earth isopropoxide »

    Copolymerization of cyclic phosphoesters and ε-caprolactone to obtain materials for biomedical applications such as controlled release of drugs.

    Supervisor: Michèle Schappacher

    Laboratory of Organic Polymers Chemistry (LCPO), University of Bordeaux

     

     

    Skills

    Materials Synthesis :

    • Functionalization of nanotubes in solution
    • sol-gel synthesis (Stöber silica and mesoporous silica, SBA-15 and MCM-41)
    • microemulsion (silver selenide nanoparticles)
    • high vacuum (polyphosphoesters)
    • emulsion polymerization (polystyrene)
    • radical polymerization

     

    Laboratory characterization techniques:

    • X-rays diffraction
    • FT Raman
    • UV-visible, FTIR
    • size exclusion chromatography (SEC)
    • differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
    • HPLC
    • transmission and scanning electron microscopy
    • NMR (1H, 13C, 31P)

     

     

    Large Instruments Techniques (total allocated days: 49):

    Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (ANL, Argonne, USA) 

    • Quasielastic neutron scattering (QENS)

    “QENS study of hydrogen adsorption and dynamics in mesoporous silica.” V. Leon, Y. Ren, M.L. Saboungi, September 13-20, 2003

    • Inelastic neutron scattering (QENS)

    “QENS study of hydrogen storage inside carbon peapods.” V. Leon, C.K. Loong, A.I. Kolesnikov, April 1-5, 2004

    “QENS study of hydrogen storage inside carbon nanotubes.” V. Leon, C.K. Loong, A.I. Kolesnikov, April 26-29, 2004

    “QENS study of hydrogen storage inside carbon nanohorns.” V. Leon, C.K. Loong, A.I. Kolesnikov, May 17-24, 2004

    • Small angle neutron scattering (SAND)

    “SANS study of silver selenide inside mesoporous silica.” V.Leon, C.K. Loong, P. Thiyagarajan, 2003

     

    Advanced Photon Source (ANL, Argonne, USA) 

    • High-energy X-ray diffraction (11-ID-C)

    “High energy x-rays study of the confinement of silver chalcogenide inside mesoporous silica.” V. Leon, Y. Ren, M.L. Saboungi, March 30-April 7, 2005

     

    Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL, Grenoble, France) 

    • Inelastic neutron scattering (IN4)

    “Study of hydrogen and deuterium dynamics in mesoporous silica.” F.J. Bermejo, M. Gonzalez, C. Mondelli, V. Leon, M.L. Saboungi, July 29-August 1, 2005

    • Inelastic neutron scattering (IN6)

    “Nature of the bound states of hydrogen adsorbed on carbon nanohorns.” F.J. Bermejo, M. Gonzalez, C. Mondelli, V. Leon, M.L. Saboungi, September 26-october 1, 2007

    • Powder diffractometer (D1B)

    Structure and dynamics of hydrogen bound to carbon nanoscrolls.” F.J. Bermejo, U.I. Bustinduy, C. Cabrillo, R. Fernandez-Perea, F. Fernandez-Alonso, M. Jimenez-Ruiz, V. Leon, C. Mondelli,  M.L. Saboungi, June 4-7, 2008


    Publications - Conferences - Posters - School

     

    Published articles (peer reviewed):

    • V. Leon, Y. Ren and M.-L. Saboungi

    “Effect of nanoscale confinement on β-α phase transition in Ag2Se.”

    Journal of Applied Physics (2008) 103, 016105

     

    • F. Fernandez-Alonso, F. J. Bermejo, C. Cabrillo, R. O. Loutfy, V. Leon, and M. L. Saboungi

    “Nature of the bound states of molecular hydrogen in carbon nanohorns.”

    Physical Review Letters (2007) 98, 215503

     

    • C. Mondelli, M. A. González, F. Albergamo, C. Carbajo, M. J. Torralvo, E. Enciso, F. J. Bermejo, R. Fernández-Perea, C. Cabrillo, V. Leon, and  M. L. Saboungi

    “Collective excitations in liquid D2 confined within the mesoscopic pores of a MCM-41 molecular sieve.”

    Physical Review B (2006) 73, 094206

     

     

    Other publication (peer reviewed):

    • F. Fernandez-Alonso, F.J. Bermejo, R.O. Loutfy, V. Leon, and M.L. Saboungi

    “Stockage d’hydrogène: comment l’hydrogène se lie aux nanocornets de carbone. in French

    Les Techniques de l’Ingénieur (2008), Nanotechnologies base, NM5150

     

     

    Article to be published (peer reviewed):

    • V. Leon, R. Parret, and J.-L. Bantignies

    Investigation of structural and physical properties of epoxy/functionalized carbon nanotubes composites.”

    Submitted to Chemistry of Materials (2009)

     

     

    International Conferences:

    • V. Leon

    Mini Symposium “Aplicaciones de los Nanotubos de Carbono”, 50th anniversary of Centro de Física and IVIC

    January 27, 2009, Caracas, Venezuela

    “Investigations of structural and physical properties of functionalized carbon nanotubes composite material.”

     

    • V. Leon, R. Parret, M.R. Babaa, J.L. Bantignies

    Ninth International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes (NT08)

    June 29-July 4, 2008, Montpellier, France

    Synthesis and structural properties of polymer/carbon nanotube composite materials obtained by functionalization of nanotubes surface.

     

    • V. Leon, R. Parret, M.R. Babaa, and J.L. Bantignies

    International Meeting on the Chemistry of Nanotubes (ChemOnTubes 2008)

    April 6-9, 2008, Zaragoza, Spain

    “Carbon nanotubes functionalization with sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) chains.”

     

    • V. Leon, R. Parret, M.R. Babaa, and  J.L. Bantignies

    International Winterschool on Electronic Properties of Novel Materials (IWEPNM 2008)

    March 1-8, 2008, Kirchberg-in-Tirol, Austria

    Sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) chains grafted on carbon nanotubes surface.”

     

    • F. Fernandez-Alonso*, F.J. Bermejo, C. Cabrillo, R.O. Loutfy, V. Leon, M.L. Saboungi

    4th European Conference on Neutron Scattering (ECNS 2007)

    June 25-29, 2007, Lund, Sweden

    “Molecular hydrogen in carbon nanohorns: insights from high-resolution neutron scattering.”

     

    • V. Leon, Y. Ren, M.-L. Saboungi

    5èmes Journées SOLEIL Région Centre (JSRC-5)

    March 13-14, 2006, Orléans, France

    Effect of confinement on β-α phase transition of Ag2Se in mesoporous silica.

     

    • A.I. Kolesnikov*, C.-K. Loong, V. Leon, N.R. de Souza, A.P. Moravsky, R.O . Loutfy

    19th North American Catalysis Society Meeting (19th NAM)

    May 22-27, 2005, Philadelphia, USA

    Neutron scattering studies of hydrogenation/dehydrogenation of nanocarbon materials.

     

    • V. Leon, Y. Ren, M.-L. Saboungi

    MRS Fall Meeting 2004

    November 29-December 4, 2004, Boston, USA

    X-ray study of the confinement of silver chalcogenide inside mesoporous silica.

     

    • A. Goldbach*, V. Leon, M.-L. Saboungi

    International Symposium on Materials Processing for Nanostructured Devices (MPND-2003)

    May 4-7, 2003, Nouan-le-Fuzelier, France

    Confinement of narrow band gap semiconductors.

     

     

     


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