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I am a distinguished professor of Physical Chemistry at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Research in my group is centered on the concept of designer liquid: a solvent, a reaction or separation medium, an electrolyte, a lubricant, etc. whith properties tailored in view of applications in sustainable chemical processes and devices. We start from an understanding of interactions, ordering and dynamics at the molecular level, aiming to explain the properties of technological fluids, such as dissolving ability, miscibility, viscosity, or surface properties. We work on two main topics:

  • Alternative solvents and reaction media for a greener and more sustainable chemistry, where a better understanding of physical chemistry of new, complex liquids is required for the development of cleaner processes. We study ionic liquids and eutectic solvents (DES) to perform separations and to use renewable biomass feedstocks.
  • Interactions of liquids with nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes and atomically-thin two-dimensional materials (graphene, MoS2, etc.), with the objective of designing solvents for exfoliation and electrolytes for devices including supercapacitors, liquid-gated transistors and sensors.

My field of research is molecular thermodynamics, a combination of molecular simulations and experimental physical chemistry to study interactions, structure and dynamics of fluids, materials and their interfaces. I’ve held the following positions and awards:

I have authored 140 scientific papers that were cited more than 8600 times in the literature (h-index 46). One of my papers was cited more than 1000 times, four more than 500 times. My researcher profile is accessible in the following sites:

I can be reached at:

  • agilio dot padua at ens-lyon dot fr
  • apadua at mit dot edu