Mona Bahout

UR1 Assistant Professor

Email : mona [dot] bahout [at] univ-rennes1 [dot] fr

Office number : Beaulieu - Building 10A - 052


Ph. D. in Physical-Chemistry at Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Rayonnements, University Paris-XI, Orsay, 1991; “Photophysical and Photochemical Properties of polypyridinium complexes of Ruthenium investigated by pulsed laser spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation. Photoinduced electron transfer in Ru- and Os- acceptor-donor supramolecular assemblies”. The experimental work was supported by theoretical studies undertaken at the Institute of Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

Post Doctoral Research in the Physics Department at the Institute for Nuclear Studies, Saclay, “Magnetic properties of high-Tc superconductors investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy”, 1991-1992.

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HDR) in Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry, “Structural, electrical, electrochemical and magnetic properties of layered transition metal sulfides”, University of Rennes 1, November 1999.

Research themes

My principal research interest is in the relationship between the structural properties and oxygen-defect chemistry of perovskite oxides and structurally-related phases in an attempt to identify mixed ionic electronic conductors (MIEC) for use as electrodes in solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC). I have acquired broad experience in synthesis and powder crystallographic characterization with extensive use of neutron facilities primarily concerned with the development of in situ environments for monitoring the behaviour of solids at high temperature under various gas flows. More specifically, I have designed a cell and established a protocol for studying the behaviour of oxides by in situ neutron diffraction under flowing hydrogen (ILL/Grenoble) at temperatures up to 1073 K. I have collaborated widely throughout UK on new conductors and magnetic materials. Some of this work is done in collaboration with Professor Peter Battle of Oxford University, England and Professor Colin Greaves of Birmingham University, England.

Teaching activities

Most of my teaching work is devoted to thermochemistry and chemical-kinetics (L3 - Chemistry and Physical Sciences). I am also responsible for the Chemistry Laboratory of the Erasmus Mundus European Master in Materials Science (MaMaSELF). This involves a total teaching commitment of 45 hours per year.

Selected Publications

Publications referenced in HAL