Xavier Blase homepage

Research Director CNRS, Institut Néel,
CNRS and Grenoble-Alpes University,
Condensed Matter Theory Group,
25 Rue des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble, France.
E-mail: xavier.blase_at_neel.cnrs.fr
Phone: (+33)(0)4 56 38 70 10     Office: D422

Curriculum vitae:    Short CV here

Research.   I am a condensed matter physicist with a theoretical background aiming at understanding the properties of various systems, from nanotubes to graphene, superconducting diamond or silicon to DNA nucleobasis, using the methodology of ab initio quantum simulations, namely "in silico" study of real materials based on the basic principles of quantum mechanics. Much emphasis is given to contributing to the development of novel approaches, in particular in the so-called field of many-body perturbation theory, to progress in the computer-aided description of materials, in terms of accuracy, complexity of the systems and of the "physical observables" that can be calculated. Current applications focus mainly on methodology for the study of organic and hybrid photovoltaic systems for "green" energy generation (FIESTA initiative).

Scientific history
       CNRS associate researcher (1996-2005) and director (2005-)
       Professor (PCC), Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (2006-2009)
       Postdoc EPFL-Lausanne (1995-1996, advisor: Roberto Car)
       Ph.D, UC Berkeley (dec.1994, advisor: S.G. Louie)
       Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (undergraduate studies)

       2008 CNRS Silver medal
       2014 Bull-Fourier prize

Main administrative duties
       Deputy director, Condensed Matter department, Néel Institute (2016-)
       CNRS national committee (section 05) (2012-2016)
       Head national Research group (GDR) CoDFT (2010-2014)
       Secretary, French physical society, condensed matter division (2005-2008)