Fabien Grasset

CNRS Research Director

Email : fabien [dot] grasset [at] univ-rennes1 [dot] fr

Phone : +33 (0)2 23 23 65 40

Office number : Beaulieu - Building 10A - 41/1


In 1998, Fabien Grasset received his Ph.D. degree in solid-state chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of Bordeaux, France, and the Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry (ICMCB). After a postdoctoral stay at ICMCB on magnetic nanoparticles for nanobiotechnology (group of Professor E. Duguet), he undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship on functional nanoparticles (ZnO, M@SiO2) at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan from 1999 to 2001 (group of Professors H. Haneda and N. Ohashi). He joined as assistant professor the University of Rennes 1 (UR1), France, in September 2001 and as associate professor since 02/2003. He worked in the Glass and Ceramics lab until 2006 and moved to the Solid-State Chemistry and Materials Group at UMR6226 ISCR until September 2014 in order to develop nanomaterials and colloidal chemistry. He joined CNRS in October 2014 as Director of Research and he worked as Director at the IRL3629 LINK CNRS-Saint Gobain-NIMS based at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan since January 2020. From 02/2020, he is currently Director of research at ISCR, Rennes, France.

He published 93 papers (12/2020). He defended his “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches-HDR” in May 2008. In 2007, he was invited as a Short-Term Fellow of the International Center for Young Scientist (ICYS) at the National Institute for Materials Science under ICYS/NIMS program for 3 months. From 2007 to 2009, he was one of the PI of a MERLION PHC between the National University of Singapore (Professor Y. Zhang) and the UR1. From 2008 to 2012, he was elected at the National Committee of CNRS (section 15). Since 2011, he was PI on several industrial projects (Solvay, Saint-Gobain, Firadec, Kerdry…) and in the ANR’s projects CLUSTOP and ZnO-type-P and currently in DUVNANO and CLIMATE projects.

Research themes

- Synthesis and characterization of new functional colloidal nanostructures (Metal atom clusters, M@ZnO, M@SiO2, and -Fe2O3) and thin films.

- Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite materials based on metal atoms clusters.


Technical skills

- Colloidal and soft chemistry (sol-gel, microemulsion, co-precipitation…)

- Solid State Chemistry (oxide, sulfide, oxynitride)

- Thin films by chemical solution processes (Spin-coating, Dip-coating, Electrophoretic deposition…)

- Magnetic and optical properties

Publications referenced in HAL