CINaM - Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille


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Nom : Santinacci
Prenom : Lionel
Tel : +33(0)6 62 92 28 68
Fax : +33(0)4 91 41 89 16
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Research topics

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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Research experience

  • 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


Recent publications

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

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

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8 37 24810-24818 (2016)

Atomic Layer Deposition of Pd Nanoparticles on TiO2 Nanotubes for Ethanol Electrooxidation: Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties

L. Assaud, N. Brazeau, M. K. S. Barr, M. Hanbücken, S. Ntais, E. A. Baranova, L. Santinacci

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7 24533–2454 (2015)

Atomic layer deposition from dissolved precursors

Y. Wu, D. Dirk, M. K. S. Barr, E. Oks, M. Wolf, L. Santinacci, J. Bachmann

Nano Letters 15 6379-6385 (2015)

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, P. 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)

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)


Electrochemistry, Surface functionalization, Surface nanostructuring, Energy