Associate Professor Phelma Grenoble-INP
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Teaching activities

At Phelma, I teach L3, M1 and lifelong training students the following subjects:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Physics of Semiconductors
  • Microelectronics Technologies
  • Material Synthesis


Pedagogy is for me an inseparable part of teaching and I am very interested in the development of new teaching and the application of active pedagogies:
  • Creation of the serious virtual reality game "Mission: Clean Room", combining a virtual reality tour of a clean room and a video game
  • Creation of the "Team Up" serious game to put students in job interview situations as part of the Iphy challenges.
  • Development of the photovoltaic process in clean room and creation of the lab work "First generation solar cell: simulation, fabrication and characterization" (pdf)
  • Scientific debates in quantum physics (pdf)
  • Remembrance brainstorming (pdf1, pdf2)
  • Problem-based approach (pdf)
I am the author of 4 publications related to my teachings dealing with active pedagogy or lab work in technology related to photovoltaic.

Recently published:

Aptamer conjugated Si nanowire network/poly (pyrrole)-NTA structure for electrochemical sensing
M Vallejo-Perez, E Beke, C Gondran, K Gorgy, I Gélard, C Ternon, N. Spinelli, V. Stambouli
Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research 42, 100593 (2023)

Functional devices from bottom-up Silicon nanowires: A review
T Arjmand, M Legallais, TTT Nguyen, P Serre, M Vallejo-Perez, F Morisot, B. Salem, C. Ternon
Nanomaterials 12 (7), 1043 (2022)

Role of Working Temperature and Humidity in Acetone Detection by SnO2 Covered ZnO Nanowire Network Based Sensors
F Morisot, C Zuliani, M Mouis, J Luque, C Montemont, T Maindron, C. Ternon
Nanomaterials 12 (6), 935 (2022)

Web News,Cover and scientific popularization:

October 2022: Our "IPhy Challenges" winners of the CGE Pedagogical Innovation Prize are the talk of the town: Minatec, Phelma, Pedagogical Talent Webinar
November 2018: The university "Univ. Grenoble Alpes" is setting up a series on "Received Ideas" for the general public and is calling me for the episode on "Nanoparticles".
October 2018: Advances in Engineering promotes our research on ultra thin ZnO nanowires
April 2016: Grenoble INP chooses us for its section Eclairages
October 2015: Advanced Electronic Materials select our paper for the Inside Front Cover
July 2015: Advances in Engineering promotes our research on Si nanonets
  • For research main directions, this way and for more details, that way!
  • Full publication list (pdf)


Research activities

My areas of expertise are as follows:
  • Synthesis and assembling of nanomaterials
  • Morphological, optical and electrical characterization of fabricated materials
  • Mastery of microelectronics technology for materials integration
  • Surface functionalization for grafting biological species
  • Physical phenomena modeling

Currently, my work is focused on the development, study and integration of nanonets composed of semiconductor nanowires, mainly silicon and ZnO. A nanonet,  "NANOstructured NETwork", is a random network of nanowires or nanotubes. At the macroscopic level, nanonets are made up of millions of nanowires. Consequently, the observed properties result from an average effect on all nanowires and are therefore not very sensitive to fluctuations from one nanowire to another.
Furthermore, nanonets are flexible, transparent, electrically active and highly sensitive to surface effects due to their nano components. Thus, there is great potential for applications in the field of chemical or biological sensors and flexible silicon-based electronics. More informations...
Nanonet 2D. a. Schematic representation of a 2D nanonet. b. SEM image of a ZnO nanonet illustrating the great flexibility of the material. c. SEM image of a silicon nanonet.
I have authored 57 publications, contributed to the writing of 7 book chapters and presented my work through more than 83 contributions at international conferences, including 7 invited lectures.

Administrative tasks

I am currently involved in the following administrative tasks:
  • Head of the Physical Engineering for photonics and microelectronics department in Phelma (Iphy)
  • Equality officer at Grenoble Institute of Technology (web page)

Gender equality and the fight against discrimination

As part of Grenoble INP - UGA's equality mission, I have been asked to carry out the following actions:

  • Equality diagnosis of Grenoble INP - UGA
  • Preparation of the Gender Equality Plan (GEP) for Grenoble INP - UGA
  • Implementation of the Mentoring program
  • Implementation of a program to combat sexist and sexual violence, in partnership with UGA
  • Adoption of an egalitarian and inclusive communications charter and creation of supporting tools
  • Setting up awareness-raising campaigns on sexism and stereotypes, and soon on LGBT phobias
  • Creation of a mini-MOOC on "Gender bias: understanding it, recognizing it and overcoming it in recruitment situations".

Women and Science

I am particularly interested in the problem of the low representation of women in scientific and technical professions. As such, I try to contribute, at my own level, to raising awareness and providing information on this subject. That's why,
  • I'm president of the association Parité Science,
  • I am a member of the association Femmes et Sciences,
  • I took part in the exhibition  Infinité Plurielles directed by Marie-Hélène Le Ny and commissioned by the MESR,
  • I work with students in Phelma on the creation of awareness-raising and information tools on gender stereotypes and engineering

Activities / Resume

12/2024 - 09/2025 : Visiting Researcher at the University of Wellington, New Zealand
09/2003 - present : Associate Professor at the National School of Physics, Electronics and Materials (Phelma) Grenoble INP
11/2006 - 08/2007: Visiting researcher at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
10/2002 - 09/2003: Assistant professor at Caen University, France
09/2000 - 09/2002: Graduate assistant at Caen University, France

  • 2016: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (highest academic diploma in France allowing to carry out fully independent research), “Nano Inside - Macro Outside”, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France. (pdf)
  • 2003 : PhD thesis Caen University, France under the guidance of F. Gourbilleau and C. Dufour. "Luminescent nanostructures based on silica and silicon. From reactive magnetron sputtering to photoluminescence modeling."
  • 2000 : Master in Material Science, Rennes University, France
  • 2000 : Master in Physics, Rennes University, France

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