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Univ. Paris-Saclay


Jean-Marc Zanotti


Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB), Saclay, France

Soft Complex Matter scientific axis 

SHARP Group / Collaborative Research Group at Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France)

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CV:      Zanotti_short-CV_on-line.pdf    Zanotti_full-CV_on-Line.pdf    



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:

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 SHARP : the LLB neutron inelastic time-of-flight spectrometer at Institut Laue Langevin (Grenoble, France).

21/03/2021; First neutron on Sharp. Video (Short mp4 of the instrement at the end of the talk). 

A software for neutron quasi-elastic data treatment: Qensh WeB page.  Download directly here v23.10.2019: Qensh_export.zip

How to install Qensh : Installing-IDL-QENSH.pdf. Qensh Manual: QENSH-data-treatment-21Jul09.pdf.

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 WO 2012/013603]. 

2- Ionic liquids based batteries (03/2015): Confinement of Ionic Liquids in carbon nanotubes membranes (see here). [Patent FR1552572 and WO/2016/151142]. See also a Nanoscale paper here.

3- CNT based porous composite membrane for electrolyte confinement (03/2020): Procédé de fabrication d'une membrane à électrolytes. [Patent FR2002224 ].

Recent PhD Thesis on Solid-State Batteries:

1- Nino Modesto: PhD  | Prime CNRS (defended December 16 2022):   Smart membranes pour batteries lithium-métal tout-solide

2- Camille Pinchart: Transverce DRF/LLB-DRT/LITEN PhD (defended December 20 2022):  Confinement nanométrique unidimensionnel d’électrolytes au sein de nanotubes de carbone : des batteries Tout-Solide " Lithium-Métal-Polymère " à température ambiante

Selected papers:

13- Disentangling water, ion and polymer dynamics in an anion exchange membrane
F. Foglia, Q. Berrod, A. J. Clancy, K. Smith, G. Gebel, V. García Sakai, M. Appel, J.-M. Zanotti, M. Tyagi, N. Mahmoudi, T. S Miller, J. R. Varcoe, A. Periasamy, D. J.L. Brett, P. R. Shearing, S. Lyonnard, P. F. McMillan
Nature Materials, 21 (5), 555-563 (2022).

12- Coupling NMR to SANS: Addressing at once structure and dynamics in soft matter
R. de Oliveira-Silva, A. Bélime, C. Le Coeur, A. Chennevière, A. Helary, F. Cousin, P. Judeinstein, D. Sakellariou, J.-M. Zanotti
Journal of Neutron Research, 21, no. 3-4, 155-166 (2019).

11- Inelastic and Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering. Application to Soft-Matter
Q. Berrod, K. Lagrené, J. Ollivier and J.-M. Zanotti 
European Physical Journal Web of Conferences, 188, 05001 (2018).

10- Ionic liquids confined in 1D CNT membranes:gigantic ionic conductivity 
Q. Berrod, P. Judeinstein, Y. Fu, V.S  Battaglia, A. Fournier, J. Dijon, J.-M Zanotti

9- Ionic Liquids: Evidence of the Viscosity Scale-Dependence 
Q. Berrod, F. Ferdeghini, J. -M. Zanotti, P. Judeinstein, D. Lairez, V. Garcia Sakai, O. Czakkel, P. Fouquet and D. Constantin 
Scientific Reports (2017), DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-02396-7

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, (2017), 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), DOI: 10.1038/srep25938

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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