Directeur de recherche au CNRS
SIMaP 1130 Rue de la Piscine BP 75 384012 Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex France
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Popularising science

I am involved in different activities for science popularisation. During the international year of crystallography I have participated to the creation of the web site krystallopolis
I am co-organiser of the scientific game jam, aiming at promoting video games for science popularization. Recent realisations can be found on the Grenoble Game Lab site
I am participating to the organisation of the cycle conférence d'exception Univ. Grenoble Alpes.

Summer school organization

I have initiated the International School on Aperiodic Crystals held in 2010 in Carqueiranne, in 2013 in Bayreuth and Antwerpt in 2016.
I have been co-organiser of severall of the Euroschool within the European C-MAC network

Activités de Recherche

I am working along three main directions:

  • Quasicrystals and complex intermetallic compounds, and in particular their atomic structure, defects, phason fluctuations and lattice dynamics. Those studies are carried out experimentally by elastic or inelastic x-ray and neutron scattering (including diffuse scattering), using laboratory equipments or large scale facilities such as ILL, LLB, ESRF, SOLEIL, Diamond, SPRING-8 ... This work is realized through international collaborations  within the European C-MAC network, together with teams in Japan and USA, and combines experimental work with theory and atomic scale simulations.
  • Lattice dynamics and heat transport properties in Ge clathrates for thermoelectric applications and in structurally complex materials.

  • Coherent x-ray scattering for the study of the mechanical properties and plastic deformation at the nano-scale.

Selection of recent publications

Das, P., Lory, P. F., Flint, R., Kong, T., Hiroto, T., Bud'ko, S. L., Canfield, P. C., de Boissieu, M., Kreyssig, A. & Goldman, A. I.
Crystal electric field excitations in the quasicrystal approximant TbCd6 studied by inelastic neutron scattering. Phys. Rev. B 95, 054408 (2017)

Yamada, T., Takakura, H., Kong, T., Das, P., Jayasekara, W. T., Kreyssig, A., Beutier, G., Canfield, P. C., de Boissieu, M. & Goldman, A. I.
Atomic structure of the i-RE-Cd quasicrystals and consequences for magnetism. Phys. Rev. B 94, 060103 (2016)

Yamada, T., Takakura, H., Euchner, H., Pay Gomez, C., Bosak, A., Fertey, P. & de Boissieu, M.
Atomic structure and phason modes of the Sc-Zn icosahedral quasicrystal. IUCrJ 3, 247-258 (2016)
S. Pailhes, H. Euchner, V. M. Giordano, R. Debord, A. Assy, S. Gomes, A. Bosak, D. Machon, S. Paschen, and M. de Boissieu,

Localization of Propagative Phonons in a Perfectly Crystalline Solid, Physical Review Letters, 113 (2014)

Books and review

A general presentation of the structure and dynamics of quasicrystals given at the Chris Henley symposium in 2014 can be found here.

Aperiodic Crystals. From modulated phases to quasicrystals.
T. Janssen, G. Chapuis, and M. de Boissieu,
IUCr Monographs on Crystallography, Vol. 20. 2007, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 466 pages.

Activités / CV


Master Physique-Chimie, Univ Joseph Fourier  1978
CAPES Physique-Chimie                                    1980
DEA Sciences des Matériaux, Univ Rouen,       1986
PhD, ILL and Ecole Mines Nancy                      1989

Academic positions

Physics teacher Junior high school and high school   1980-1987
CNRS Scientist at LTPCM and SIMaP                       1989-now
Head of the Metal Physics group                                 2000-2007
Director of the European-CMAC                                 2008-now

Participation to councils

Chair of the College 7 ILL
Elected for the SGEN-CFDT  at the CTMESER
Elected for the SGEN-CFDT at the Council of the COMUE UGA

Co-editor Acta Cryst B