Laboratoire Léon Brillouin


Bât. 563 CEA Saclay

91191 Gif sur Yvette Cedex






Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB)

Soft Complex Matter scientific axis 

Spectroscopy instrumental group

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Curriculum Vitae

The Laboratoire Léon Brillouin is the French neutron facility. Have a video tour of the facility here.

Scientific activity

Interfacial and confinement effects on the structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter.

In numerous "real life" situations, molecular systems are not found in bulk but instead trapped in limited volumes of nanometric size: this is nanometric confinement. The complex interplay of the confinement topology, dimensionality (3D to 1D) and surface/volume ratio significantly affects the physical properties of the confined material.

After decades of intense fundamental research, we are now entering a time when the unusual properties of fluids under confinement may be tuned to target specific technological objectives. 

Next to Fundamental Science, wich is our primary goal,  we are eager to take advantage of nanometric confinement for applied science in the field of energy production and storage, where diverse neutron scattering techniques (imaging, small angle scattering, diffraction, inelastic and quasi-elastic scattering) may help to bridge basic science and applied research. More here.

Publication List:

See Google Scholar Webpage.  (the redirection to this external WEB site may take up to a few minutes).

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (HdR):

Nanometric confinement of molecular fluids: from interfacial interactions to one dimensional transport properties. ( tel-00715833 )

Instrumental activity

Scientific responsible of the FA# project: neutron inelastic time-of-flight spectrometer to be built (commissioning 2019) at Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France).

A software for neutron quasi-elastic data treatment: Qensh

1D nanometric confinement at work: Patents

Design of porous membranes to improve the power of lithium batteries: 

1-  Polymer-electrolytes lithium batteries (2010-2012): A very fundamental issue (see here) related to the consequences of nanometric confinement on the reptation of a polymer has induced a technological by-product in the field of polymer-electrolytes lithium batteries. [Patent FR2963481 and WO2012013603]. 

2- Ionic liquids based batteries (03/2015): Confinement of Ionic Liquids in carbon nanotubes membranes (see here). [Patent FR1552572]. See also a Nanoscale paper here.

Selected papers:

8-  Nanostructuration of Ionic Liquids: impact on the cation mobility. A multi-scale study
F. Ferdeghini, Q. Berrod, J. -M. Zanotti, P. Judeinstein, V. Garcia Sakai, O. Czakkel, P. Fouquet and D. Constantin 
Nanoscale, (2016), DOI: 10.1039/C6NR07604A 

7-  Competing coexisting phases in 2D water
J.-M. Zanotti, P. Judeinstein, S. Dalla-Bernardina, G. Creff, J.-B. Brubach, P. Roy, M. Bonetti, J. Ollivier, D. Sakellariou and M.-C. Bellissent-Funel  
Scientific Report (2016) (PDF file

6-  Enhanced ionic liquid mobility induced by confinement in 1D CNT membranes
Q. Berrod, F. Ferdeghini, P. Judeinstein, N. Genevaz, R. Ramos, A. Fournier, J. Dijon, J. Ollivier, S. Rols, D. Yu,d    R. A. Moled and J.-M. Zanotti  
Nanoscale (2016)

5- Large-scale dynamics of a single polymer chain under severe confinement
K. Lagrené, J.-M. Zanotti, M. Daoud, B. Farago and P. Judeinstein
Physical Review E, 81, 060801 (2010) (PDF file)

4- Hydration water rotational motion as a source of configurational entropy driving protein dynamics. Crossovers at 150 and 220 K
J.-M. Zanotti, G. Gibrat and M. C. Bellissent-Funel
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 10, 4865-4870 (2008) (PDF file)

3- Experimental evidence of a Liquid-Liquid transition in interfacial water
J.-M. Zanotti, M.-C. Bellissent-Funel and S.-H. Chen
Europhysics Letters, 71, 91-97 (2005) (PDF file)

2- Vibrations et Relaxations dans les molécules biologiques. Apports de la diffusion incohérente inélastique de neutrons
J.-M. Zanotti
Journal de Physique IV, 130, 87-113 (2005)

1- Anomalously soft dynamics of water in a nanotube: A revelation of nanoscale confinement
A. I. Kolesnikov, J.-M. Zanotti, C.K. Loong, P. Thiyagarajan, A.P. Moravsky, P. Loutfy and C. Burnham
Physical Review Letters 93 (2004) 060801 (PDF file)




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