Physical Chemistry

Lund University

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Curriculum Vitae

Name: Jérôme J. Crassous
Nationality: French
Date of birth: 20th May 1979
Institution: Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden


Scientific and Professional Background

  • Physics of colloidal suspensions: colloidal glasses, gels and crystals
  • Directed colloidal self-assembly
  • Synthesis of responsive colloids
  • Phase behaviour, structure and dynamics of anisotropic model colloids
  • Glass transition and jamming in dense microgel suspensions
  • Rheology, scattering and microscopy (TEM and confocal microscopy)
  • Experimental method development
  • Self-assembly of semicrystalline/amorphous block copolymer
  • Interactions of soft colloids with model biomembranes



Since 2013       Researcher at the Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry,
                       Lund University, Sweden (100% research)

2011 - 2013     Postdoctoral Fellow at the Division of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry,
                       Lund University, Sweden

2009 – 2011     Postdoctoral Fellow at the Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg,

2004 – 2009     Research Assistant at the Physical Chemistry 1, University of Bayreuth, Germany



2004 – 2009     Ph. D. in Physical – Chemistry
                       University of Bayreuth, Department of Physical Chemistry 1, Germany
                       Dissertation: “Structure, dynamics and association of colloidal thermosensitive core-shell
                       particles Poly(Styrene)/Poly-(N-Isopropylacrylamide)”

                       Advisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Ballauff
                       Degree awarded: Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.)
                       Grade: summa cum laude (highest honor)
                       Granting of doctorate: July 20th, 2009

2002 – 2003     Polymer Institute, Karlsruhe, Germany, ERASMUS Exchange Studies
                       Light and X-ray scattering, Polymer synthesis, properties and characterization

2000 – 2003     M.Sc. in Materials Science, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de
                       Lyon, France
                       Major: Solid Physics, Metallurgy, Polymer synthesis, properties and characterization,        
                       Rheology, Surface and Interface properties

1998 – 2000     Undergraduate degree in Materials Science at the University of Technology of          
                       Mulhouse, France
                       Major: Polymers


Fellowships and Grants

2014              ► Grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation “Anisotropic Forces in Colloid
                          Chemistry” (co-investigator)

                      ► Grant from the Nanometer Consortium:
                          “Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles using nanostructured electrode arrays”

                      ► Grant from the Nanometer Consortium:
                          “Responsive artificial nacre” (co-investigator)

                      ► Grant from the Crafoord foundation:
                          “Towards responsive artificial nacre” (co-investigator)


Mentoring and Teaching Experience

Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden

► Independent PI and main supervisor of the activities of 2 postdoctoral fellows since 2015

► Co-supervision of 2 master students and of 1 PhD student (main advisor Prof. P. Schurtenberger)
    Master theses:
    - “Synthesis of Thermosensitive Colloidal Atoms through Microgel-Pickering Emulsion”
    - “Phase behavior of charged binary thermosensitive microgel mixtures with adjustable hydrophobic


Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

► Co-supervision of 1 undergraduate student, 2 lab technicians and 2 PhD students (main advisor Prof. P.
    PhD theses:
    - “Magnetic colloidal ellipsoids” (Ilya Martchenko)
    - “Structure and dynamics of dense microgel dispersions” (Divya Paloli)

► Teaching assistant in lab courses in physics for undergraduate students (2009-2011)


Physical Chemistry 1, University of Bayreuth, Germany

► Co-supervision of 1 bachelor student (main advisor Prof. M. Ballauff)

► Teaching assistant experience guiding lab courses of undergraduate students in polymer physics and
    physical chemistry (2005-2009)


Professional Advising Experience

► Local contact providing technical and scientific expertise in Rheology and Confocal Microscopy to users of the Lund University site of the 7th EU framework program of the European Soft Matter Infrastructure (ESMI) (2011-2015)

► Project leader for an industrial project (2011-2013) (BASF AG, Germany), responsible for the research activities and tasks of 4 postdoctoral researchers


Technical Expertise

● Neutron, X-Ray, and Light Scattering (experienced user at ILL, Grenoble/France; at SINQ and SLS, PSI, Villigen/ Switzerland; at MAX-lab, Lund/Sweden, at MLZ, Garching/Germany)

● Rheology

● Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)

● Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, cryo-TEM)

● Synthesis of colloids


Publication statistics

28 peer-reviewed scientific papers ● 1 book chapter ● h-index of 13 (ISIS-Web of Knowledge) ● 579 citations (19.30 average citations per item, 78 citations the highest) ● 507 citations without self-citations


Additional Skills

Languages: English (fluent), German (fluent), French (mother tongue)