Antoine THILL


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Domain of interest

Structure and dynamic of colloids (nucleation, growth, aggregation, drying).
Physicochemical and biological impact of nanoparticles on the environnement.

Proposed positions

phD : synthesis of hybrid imogolite nanotubes. send application by mail!
post-doc : From liquid cristal to nanostructured membranes send application by email.


Ongoing post-docs, PhDs and masters

  • Mohamed-Salah Amara (phD)
    Water in Imogolite nanotubes.
  • Marie-Eve Krapf (post-doc)
    Synthesis and growth mechanism of hybrid imogolite nanotubes
  • Former Collaborators

    Research news

    8 Avril 2014 A new paper is published in J. Phys. Chem. C. on the deformation of imogolite nanotube upon drying.

    Thanks to a systematic method developed to analyze X-ray scattering diagrams as a function of the nanotube shape, single-walled germanium-based imogolite nanotubes, known as cylindrical for more than thirty years, are shown to take an hexagonal base shape when arranged in bundles.

    14 October 2013 A new paper is published in Chem. Comm. on the synthesis of micron long Germanium based imogolite nanotubes.

    Up to now the length of Germanium based nanotubes was limited to less than 100 nm. We are now able to go far beyond this limit. Together with the high concentration yield, this is making the Ge-Imogolite an exceptional nanotube!

    9 September 2013 A new paper is published in Angewandt Chemie on the synthesis of colloidal molecules.


    15 August 2013 A new paper is published in PLOS One on the effect of cerium nanoparticles on the Swimming performance of Daphnid.


    6-8 Marsh 2013 CEINT / iCEINT meeting in Washington.


    28 January 2013 Our work on SW/DW transition in imogolite-like system in the Elettra Highlights 2012.


    21-22 January 2013 Erwan Paineau talk about his phD work (in french).

    Interview d'Erwan PAINEAU par SynchrotronSOLEIL

    1 December 2012 A new paper in Journal of Physical Chemistry C
    "How the Diameter and Structure of (OH)3Al2O3SixGe1-xOH Imogolite Nanotubes are Controlled by an Adhesion vs Curvature Competition"
    HIMOmeca
    Inspired by the pioneering work of Wada in 1982, we have revisited the structural modifications obtained when Germanium is introduced in the Imogolite wall structure. In light of the recent discovery of the multi-wall Ge-imogolite structures, we came across some new surprises. I hope you will have a nice time reading this article.

    21 September 2012 A new paper in Polymer Chemistry
    "Cerium oxide encapsulation by emulsion polymerization using hydrophilic macroRAFT agents"
    CeO2 encapsulation
    Composite organic/inorganic latexes encapsulating CeO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization.

    18 September 2012 A new paper in Chemical Research in Toxicology
    "Influence of the length of imogolite-like nanotubes on their cytotoxicity and genotoxicity towards human dermal cells."
    Imogolite Toxixity
    Synthetic imogolite-like nanotubes with various sizes and shapes were used as models to investigate the influence of these physical parameters on the cyto- and genotoxicity and cellular uptake of NPs

    31 August 2012 A new paper in Colloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
    "Interaction between Escherichia coli and TiO(2) nanoparticles in natural and artificial waters."
    TiO2bact
    We looked at the interaction between nanoTiO2 particules and bacteria in natural water.

    27 August 2012 A new paper in Macromolecules
    "Efficient Synthesis of Snowman- and Dumbbell-like Silica/Polymer Anisotropic Heterodimers through Emulsion Polymerization Using a Surface-Anchored Cationic Initiator."
    TOCOMO Snowman
    We report a novel original synthetic route to hybrid dissymmetrical snowman- and dumbbell-like silica/polymer colloidal particles through emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) or styrene using a bicationic initiator...

    10 July 2012 A new paper in Langmuir
    "Spheres growing on a sphere: a model to predict the morphology yields of colloidal molecules obtained through a heterogeneous nucleation route."
    TOCOMO model
    We propose a model to explain the morphologies obtained through the heterogeneous nucleation of polystyrene on surface modified silica.
    growth following S1growth following S2growth following S3

    14 March 2012 A new paper in Langmuir
    "Stabilization of Miniemulsion Droplets by Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles: A Step toward the Elaboration of Armored Composite Latexes"
    latex pickering
    Nanoparticles can stabilize emulsions and foams. The stabilized oil can also be polymerized. This is a step toward hybrid polymers.

    26 February 2012 We publish a new paper in Polymer chemistry
    "High-yield preparation of polystyrene/silica clusters of controlled morphology"
    coloidal molecules
    This paper is among the first outcomes of a fruitful collaborations in the ANR project ToCoMo.

    31 January 2012 We publish a new paper in JACS
    "Physico-chemical control over the single or double wall structure of aluminogermanate Imogolite-like nanotubes"
    SWDW_control
    It concerns the control of the recently discovered imogolite-like SW/DW morphologies.

    27 January 2012 A new paper in Crystal Growth & Design
    "Growth and Overgrowth of Concentrated Gold Nanorods: Time Resolved SAXS and XANES"
    gold rods growth
    This paper is only a small part of a serie of studies on the nano gold gowth mechanism by Fabienne Testard and Olivier Spalla.