Scientific interests

My research interests lie predominantly at the interface between physics and mechanics. Following multi-scale approaches, they aim to physically justify the constitutive laws from the modeling of microscopic phenomena through different simulation methods (atomistic, elastic line and continuous). My activities mainly concern the study of dissipative phenomena such as plasticity and cracking occurring in disordered materials during their mechanical loading. They can be listed into two main themes: 1) the study of the plasticity at the atomic scale in crystalline alloys and amorphous materials; 2) the modeling of propagation thresholds and dynamics of elastic lines in a disordered medium as in the case of dislocations gliding in a solid solution or during the propagation of cracks front in a heterogeneous medium.


– 2009-2006 PhD thesis in solid-state physics, University Paris-SUD 11, France

“Atomic scale study of the solid solution hardening in faced centered-cubic-binary alloys”

Section of Physical Metallurgy (SRMP), French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), Saclay, France

– 2006-2007 Master of science in solid-state physics (equivalent Master’s degree)

National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN), Saclay, France

– 2001-2005 Mechanical engineering school (equivalent Master’s degree in engineering)

University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France.

Current Position

– Since 2013 CNRS researcher at PMMH (Physique de Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes) laboratory, UMR 7636 – CNRS and ESPCI (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie de la Ville de Paris), Paris, France. Ranked 3st by the national selection committee over more that 100 candidates.

Previous positions

– 2012 – 2013 Postdoctoral researcher at Dep. of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. “Atomic-scale flow defect in metallic glasses” with M. Falk.

– 2010 – 2012 Postdoctoral researcher at at PMMH laboratory, UMR 7636 – CNRS at ESPCI, France. “Crack front propagation in heterogeneous brittle materials” with V. Lazarus and D. Vandembroucq.

Supervision of students

Postdoctoral students: 2017-2018 A. Hernandez-Garcia. 2018-2020 D. Fernandez-Castellanos

PhD students: – 2017(-2020) A. Barbot, – 2017(-2020) M. Lerbinger, – 2013-2016 B. Tyukodi.

Master students: -2019 T. Labarre (UPMC) – 2019 M. Ziapkoff (UTC), – 2019 J. Decayeux (UTC) – 2018 C. Cadet (Mines ParisTech), – 2017 A. Barbot (ENS), – 2017 M. Lerbinger (UPMC),- 2016 C. Julien (UPMC), – 2016 H. Wang (ESPCI), – 2016 P. Soudon (UPMC), – 2016 P. Le Jeannic (UPMC), – 2014 C. Ricard (UTC), – 2012 G. Vallat (UTC) – 2008 J. Tchoufag (UTC).

Teaching activities

– Since 2018 Teacher assistant for undergraduate students at the Sorbonne University (University Pierre et Marie Curie): Static Structure Calculation: Finite Element Method Resolution (25h).

– 2013-2017 Internship jury, bachelor’s degrees “PhyTem” of ENS Cachan (2 half-days / year).

– 2012-2013 Teacher assistant for undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University: Thermodynamic, bio-material structure and computational modules (40h).

– 2012-2013 Participation to the program of research in education for the Johns Hopkins University: Interviews of student solving individual exercises (18h).

– 2010 Teacher assistant at the Faculty of Biomedical des Saints-Peres Paris Descartes: First Year Studies of Health. Physical bases of transport and equilibrium (24h).

– 2007-2008 Lecturer at the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN). I gave a course during two years which is on syllabus of the Master’s degree in solid-state physics (30h/year).

National responsibilities

– 2016-2021 Elected member of the National Committee for Scientific Research, section 9.

– 2016 Member of the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) for the Pprime laboratory (UPR 3346) evaluation.

Laboratory responsibilities

– Since 2016 Communication manager of the PMMH laboratory for the CNRS Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS).

– Since 2015 Organizer of the laboratory’s seminars: organization, invitation and welcome of visiting researchers (35/year).

– 2013-2017 Host: Science Festival at the ESPCI, which aim to inform the public, especially scholar groups coming from primary and high schools, about developments in science and their implications for society.

Since 2013 Computer correspondent of ESPCI for the PMMH laboratory.
Since 2013 Responsible for the high-performance computation of the PMMH laboratory: Market study, purchase, development and administration of computing clusters.
– Since 2013 Responsible for the PMMH laboratory’s
website: Redesign, administration and editorialization.

Commissions of trust

2020 Recruitment Committee for Assistant Professor, University of Pierre and Marie Curie.

– Referee for Acta Mater., Phil. Mag., Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. B, Phys. Rev. E, Phys. Rev. Mat. and The French National Research Agency (ANR) (see my full peer review profile).

2016 PhD Committee member for G. Marnier thesis, INSA Rouen, France.

Funded Projects

– 2020-2021 Labex LaSIPS MuMoPlAS, “Multiscale Modeling of Plasticity in Amorphous Solids” as PI.

– 2016–2020 ANR JCJC PAMPAS “Physical and Atomistic-based Modelling of Plasticity in Amorphous Solids”, as PI.

– 2015-19 ANR RELFI, “From Local Rearrangements to Internal Friction”, as participant.

Honors and awards

– 2010: Prix Jacques Dalla Torre rewarded by the French Society for Metallurgy and Materials (SF2M)

Presentations at international conferences

– Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands, June 2020 (Invited talk)

– UCGP7, Bristol, UK, June 2018 (Oral) – ESMC, Bologna, Italy, Jul. 2018 (2 orals)

– StatPhys26, Lyon, France, Jul. 2016 (Oral) – APS, Baltimore, USA, Mar. 2013 (Oral)

– IWCMM, Baltimore, USA, Sep. 2012 (Oral) – Les Houches, France, Jan. 2012 (Poster)

– MRS, Boston, USA, Nov. 2012 (Oral) – EuroMat, Montpellier, France, Sep. 2011 (Oral)

– EuroMat, Montpellier, France, Sep. 2011 (Oral) -CFM, Besançon, France, Aug. 2011 (2 orals)

– CECAM, Dublin, Ireland, July 2011. (Poster) – JMC12, Troyes, France, Aug. 2010 (2 orals)

– Plasticité, Marseille, France, June 2009 (Oral) – SPF, Palaiseau, France, Jul. 2009 (Poster)

– MMM, Tallahassee, USA, Oct. 2008 (Oral) – Dislocation, Hong Kong, Oct. 2008 (Poster)

Invited seminars

FEMTO, Besançon, France (2020)

CINam, Marseille, France (2019) – L2C, Physi. Th. Department, Montpellier, France (2018)

– IPR, Soft Matter Dep., Rennes (2017) – ENS, Département de Chimie, Paris (2016)

– PMMH, ESPCI, Paris, France (Feb. 2014) – FAST, Université Paris Sud, Orsay (April 2012)

– CrisMat, ENSI, Caen, France (March 2012) – PMMH, ESPCI, Paris, France (Sep. 2011)

– Institut Pprime, Poitiers, France (Oct. 2010) – GLVT-CNRS, Thiais, France (Jan. 2010)

– UMET, Univ. de Lille, Lille, France (Nov. 2009) – SPCSI, CEA, Saclay, France (June 2009)

– LEM, ONERA, Châtillon, France (March 2009) – Roberval laboratory, UTC (May 2008)