Lionel Santinacci





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Electrochemistry, Surface functionalization, Surface nanostructuring, Energy, ALD


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In september 2009, Lionel Santinacci moved to the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille (CINaM). There, he works on electrochemically grown one-dimensional nanostructures such as TiO2 nanotubes, Al2O3 nanoporous membranes and porous silicon. These nanostructures are then functionalized by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for energy production and storage. In collaboration with natioanl or international research groups, the team has fabricated and studied nanostructured systems finding applications in fuel cells, batteries, nanocapacitors or water splitting. 


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  • 1998: M. Sc. in Physical chemistry and Materials Science, Aix-Marseille University (France)
  • 2002: PhD in Materials Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL (Switzerland) and at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
  • 2002-2003: Research fellow, Aix-Marseille University - CNRS, MADIREL Laboratory.
  • 2003-2004: Assistant professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris - CNRS, Laboratory for Physical Chemistry of Surfaces.
  • 2004-2009: CNRS Junior Research Scientist at Lavoisier Institute of Versailles (2004-2009).
  • Since 2009: CNRS Research Scientist at Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille. 
  • 2016: Habilitation from Aix-Marseille University




Quantifying the Extent of Ligand Incorporation and the Effect on Properties of TiO 2 Thin Films Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition Using an Alkoxide or an Alkylamide

Maxime Dufond, Maïmouna Diouf, Clémence Badie, Carine Laffon, Philippe Parent, Daniel Ferry, David Grosso, Jacques Kools, Simon Elliott, Lionel Santinacci

Chemistry of Materials 32:1393-1407 (2020)10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b03621

Ordered SnO2 nanotube arrays of tuneable geometry as a lithium ion battery material with high longevity

Ying Zhuo, Sarah Tymek, Hong Sun, Maïssa Barr, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Nanoscale Advances 2:1417-1426 (2020)10.1039/c9na00799g


Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Activity of Nanoporous SnO2/Fe2O3/IrO2 Thin Film Composite Electrodes with Ultralow Noble Metal Loading

Sandra Haschke, Ying Zhuo, Stefanie Schlicht, Maïssa Barr, Ricarda Kloth, Maxime Dufond, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Advanced Materials Interfaces 6:1801432 (2019)10.1002/admi.201801432


Investigations of the Anodic Porous Etching of n-InP in HCl by Atomic Absorption and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopies

Lionel Santinacci, Muriel Bouttemy, Matthieu Petit, Anne-Marie Goncalves, Nathalie Simon, Jackie Vigneron, Arnaud Etcheberry

Journal of The Electrochemical Society 165:3131-3137 (2018)10.1149/2.0181804jes

The transformation behaviour of “alucones”, deposited by molecular layer deposition, in nanoporous Al2O3 layers

Kevin van de Kerckhove, Maïssa Barr, Lionel Santinacci, Philippe Vereecken, Jolien Dendooven, Christophe Detavernier

Dalton Transactions 47:5860-5870 (2018)10.1039/C8DT00723C

Boron Nitride as a Novel Support for Highly Stable Palladium Nanocatalysts by Atomic Layer Deposition

Matthieu Weber, Cassandre Lamboux, Bruno Navarra, Philippe Miele, Sandrine Zanna, Maxime Dufond, Lionel Santinacci, Mikhael Bechelany

Nanomaterials 8:849 (2018)10.3390/nano8100849


Atomic layer deposition of HfO2 for integration into three-dimensional metal–insulator–metal devices

Loïc Assaud, Kristina Pitzschel, Maïssa K. S. Barr, Matthieu Petit, Guillaume Monier, Margrit Hanbücken, Lionel Santinacci

Applied physics. A, Materials science & processing 123:768 (2017)10.1007/s00339-017-1379-2

Enhancement of Pd Catalytic Activity toward Ethanol Electrooxidation by Atomic Layer Deposition of SnO 2 onto TiO 2 Nanotubes

Maïssa Barr, Loïc Assaud, Nicolas Brazeau, Margrit Hanbücken, Spyridon Ntais, Lionel Santinacci, Elena Baranova

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121:17727-17736 (2017)10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b05799

The Electrochemical Behavior of SnSb as an Anode for Li-ion Batteries Studied by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and Electron Microscopy

Alexander Tesfaye, Yasemin D. Yücel, Maïssa K.S. Barr, Lionel Santinacci, Florence Vacandio, Frédéric Dumur, Sébastien Maria, Laure Monconduit, Thierry Djenizian

Electrochimica Acta 256:155-161 (2017)10.1016/j.electacta.2017.10.031


Protected Light-Trapping Silicon by a Simple Structuring Process for Sunlight-Assisted Water Splitting

L. Santinacci, M.W. Diouf, M.K.S. Barr, Bruno Fabre, L. Joanny, F. Gouttefangeas, G. Loget

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8:24810-24818 (2016)10.1021/acsami.6b07350


Engineering a three-dimensional, photoelectrochemically active p-NiO/i-Sb2S3 junction by atomic layer deposition

M.K.S. Barr, L. Assaud, Y. Wu, C. Laffon, Ph. Parent, J. Bachmann, L. Santinacci

Electrochimica Acta 179:504-511 (2015)

Antimony sulfide as a light absorber in highly ordered, coaxial nanocylindrical arrays: preparation and integration into a photovoltaic device

Y. Wu, L. Assaud, C. Kryschi, B. Capon, C. Detavernier, L. Santinacci, J. Bachmann

Journal of Materials Chemistry A 3:5971 (2015)

Antimony sulfide as a light absorber in highly ordered, coaxial nanocylindrical arrays: preparation and integration into a photovoltaic device

Yanlin Wu, Loïc Assaud, Carola Kryschi, Boris Capon, Christophe Detavernier, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Journal of Materials Chemistry A 3:5971-5981 (2015)10.1039/c5ta00111k

Atomic Layer Deposition from Dissolved Precursors

Yanlin Wu, Dirk Döhler, Maïssa K.S. Barr, Elina Oks, Marc Wolf, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Nano Letters 15:6379-6385 (2015)10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01424


3D-nanoarchitectured Pd/Ni catalysts Prepared by atomic layer deposition for formic acid electrooxidation

L. Assaud, E. Monyoncho, K. Pitzschel, A. Allagui, Matthieu Petit, M. Hanbucken, E. A. Baranova, L. Santinacci

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 5:162-172 (2014)10.3762/bjnano.5.16

Highly-Conformal TiN Thin Films Grown by Thermal and Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition

L. Assaud, K. Pitzschel, M. Hanbücken, L. Santinacci

ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology 7:P253 (2014)

3D-nanoarchitectured Pd/Ni catalysts prepared by atomic layer deposition for the electrooxidation of formic acid

Loïc Assaud, Evans A. Monyoncho, Kristina Pitzschel, Anis Allagui, Matthieu Petit, Margrit Hanbücken, Elena A. Baranova, Lionel Santinacci

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 5:162-172 (2014)10.3762/bjnano.5.16


Fabrication of p/n heterojunctions by electrochemical deposition of Cu2O onto TiO2 nanotubes

L. Assaud, V. Heresanu, M. Hanbucken, L. Santinacci

Comptes Rendus Chimie 16:89 (2013)

Growth of Si ultrathin films on silver surfaces: Evidence of an Ag(110) reconstruction induced by Si

R. Bernard, T. Leoni, A. Wilson, T. Lelaidier, H. Sahaf, E. Moyen, L. Assaud, L. Santinacci, F. Leroy, F. Cheynis, A. Ranguis, H. Jamgotchian, C. Becker, Y. Borensztein, M. Hanbücken, Geoffroy Prévot, L. Masson

Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 88:121411 (2013)10.1103/PhysRevB.88.121411

Growth of Si ultrathin films on silver surfaces: Evidence of an Ag(110) reconstruction induced by Si

Romain Bernard, Thomas Leoni, Axel Wilson, Tony Lelaidier, Houda Sahaf, Eric Moyen, Loïc Assaud, Lionel Santinacci, Frédéric Leroy, Fabien Cheynis, Alain Ranguis, Haik Jamgotchian, Conrad Becker, Yves Borensztein, Margrit Hanbücken, Geoffroy Prévot, Laurence Masson

Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 88 (2013)10.1103/PhysRevB.88.121411

Electrochemistry and Nanotechnologies: The New Challenges

T. Djenizian, M. Hanbücken, L. Santinacci, S. Schweizer, Natalie Simon, R. Wehrspohn

Comptes Rendus Chimie 16:4 (2013)

Electrochemistry and nanotechnologies: The new challenges Foreword

Thierry Djenizian, Margrit Hanbuecken, Lionel Santinacci, Stefan Schweizer, Nathalie Simon, Ralf Wehrspohn

Comptes Rendus Chimie 16:4-6 (2013)10.1016/j.crci.2012.12.009


Atomic layer deposition of TiN/Al2O3/TiN nanolaminates for capacitor applications

L. Assaud, M. Hanbücken, L. Santinacci

ECS Transactions 50:151-157 (2012)

Nanoscience and nanotechnology in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

M. Hanbücken, M. Lannoo, W. Blanc, T. Djenizian, L. Santinacci

International Journal of Nanotechnology 9:163 (2012)10.1504/IJNT.2012.045324

Editorial : Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Margrit Hanbücken, Michel Lannoo, Wilfried Blanc, Thierry Djenizian, Lionel Santinacci

International Journal of Nanotechnology 9:163-166 (2012)

A Novel Self-Ordered Sub-10 nm Nanopore Template for Nanotechnology

E. Moyen, L. Santinacci, L. Masson, W. Wulfhekel, M. Hanbücken

Advanced Materials 24:5094-5098 (2012)10.1002/adma.201200648

Anodic 3D nanostructuring for tailored applications

E. Moyen, L. Santinacci, L. Masson, H. Sahaf, M. Macé, L. Assaud, M. Hanbücken

International Journal of Nanotechnology 9:246 (2012)10.1504/IJNT.2012.045330

Highly conformal electrodeposition of copolymer electrolytes into titania nanotubes for 3D Li-ion batteries

Nareerat Plylahan, Nana Amponsah Kyeremateng, Marielle Eyraud, Frédéric Dumur, Hervé Martinez, Lionel Santinacci, Philippe Knauth, Thierry Djenizian

Nanoscale Research Letters 7:349 (2012)10.1186/1556-276X-7-349


Electrochemical and optical characterizations of anodic porous n-InP(1 0 0) layers

L. Santinacci, A.-M. Goncalves, Natalie Simon, A. Etcheberry

Electrochimica Acta 56:878-888 (2010)

Morphology-to-properties correlations in anodic porous InP layers

L. Santinacci, A.-M. Gonçalves, M. Bouttemy, A. Etcheberry

Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 14:1177-1184 (2010)