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Stéphane DANIELE


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Director of the Lyon chemistry graduate school


My research focuses mainly on molecular engineering in inorganic chemistry (coordination and organometallic chemistry) in order to design precursors for new tunable (hybrid) nanomaterials by "soft chemistry" processes in solution (Sol-Gel, MOD) or in the gas phase (MOCVD, ALD). This know-how offers a unique way to establish relationships between precursors and the final material in order to better understand their transformation and to develop reliable innovative developments for various applications (catalysis, energy, optics, environment, recycling and microelectronics). Since 2019, my research is carried out within the CP2M laboratory (UMR 5128), before I worked for 20 years at the Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l'Environnement de Lyon (IRCELYON, UMR 5256).

Selected reviews on these research themes :

Metal 2-ethylhexanoates and related compounds as useful precursors in materials science, S. Mishra, S. Daniele, L.G. Hubert-Pfalzgraf, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2007, 36 (11), 1770-1787


Metal−Organic Derivatives with Fluorinated Ligands as Precursors for Inorganic Nanomaterials, S. Mishra, S. Daniele, Chem. Rev. 2015, 115 (16), 8379–8448

Molecular Engineering of Metal Alkoxides for Solution Phase Synthesis of High-Tech Metal Oxide Nanomaterials (review), S. Mishra, S. Daniele, Chemistry—A European Journal 2020, doi.org/10.1002/chem.202000534

Current projects

My current research interests are in molecular chemistry related to societal issues such as :

- Converting wasted heat into electricity using thermoelectric oxide nanomaterials (SnxTi1-xO2 doped with Nb5+) via an innovative sol-gel molecular approach associated to spinodal decomposition phenomena and Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)

Effect of high pressure – spark plasma sintering on the densification of a Nb-doped TiO2 nanopowder, A.Verchère, S. Cottrino, G. Fantozzi, S. Mishra, T. Gaudisson, N. Blanchard, S. Pailhès, S. Daniele, S. Le Floch, Ceramics 2020, 3(4), 507-520; https://doi.org/10.3390/ceramics3040041 

Optimum in the thermoelectric efficiency of nanostructured Nb-doped TiO2 ceramics: from polarons to Nb-Nb dimers, A.Verchère, S. Pailhès, S. Le Floch, S. Cottrino, R. Debord, G. Fantozzi, S. Misra, C. Candolfi, B. Lenoir, S. Daniele, S. Mishra PhysReduced {001}-TiO2-x photocatalyst: noble-metal-free CO2 photoreduction for selective CH4 evolution, W. Fang, L. Khrouz, Y. Zhou, B. Shen, C. Dong, M. Xing, S. Mishra, S. Daniele, J. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 13875-1388, DOI:10.1039/c7cp01212hChemChemPhys 2020, 22, 13008-13016, DOI: 10.1039/d0cp00652a


- Recovery of critical metal from electronic industrial wastewater (circular economy) and removal of micro-pollutants in water using novel nano-composites elaborated by sol-gel process and/or electro-spinning

Interfacial study of surface-modified ZrO2 nanoparticles with thiotic acid for the selective recovery of palladium and gold from electronic industrial wastewater, Q. A. Trieu, S. Pellet-Rostaing, G. Arrachart, Y. Traore, S. Kimbel, S. Daniele, Sep. Pur. Tech. 2020, 237, 116353 , https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2019.116353

Design of Hybrid PAH Nanoadsorbents by Surface Functionalization of ZrO2 Nanoparticles with Phosphonic Acids, N. Bou Orm, T. Gréa, M. Hamandi, A. Lambert, F. Lafay, E. Vulliet, S. Daniele, Nanomaterials 2021, 11, 952, https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11040952


- Innovative metal oxide (hybrid) supports for catalysis (aerobic epoxidation of trans-stilbene or hydrogenolysis of glycerol) such as TiO2, In2O3, α-Ga2O3, β-Ga2O3 Al4Ga2O9, AlxZynOz … in good yield with high purity and specific high surface area trough single source molecular precursor approach by sol-gel process.

Nanometric NaYF4 as an Unconventional Support for Gold Catalysts for Oxidation Reactions., S. Mishra, F. Morfin, V. Mendez, P. Swamy, J. L. Rousset, S. Daniele , ACS Omega 2019, 4 (3), 5852-5861, DOI : 10.1021/acsomega.9b00173

Self-assembled hybrid ZnO nanostructures as supports for copper-based catalysts in the hydrogenolysis of glycerol, L. Omar, N. Perret, S; Daniel, Catalysts 2021, 11, 516 https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11040952


- LED ZnO-based nanophosphors without critical metal via a quick and convenient chemical solution approach to get hybrid ZnO NPs as unique mesosphere self-assembly systems, with an intense and stable visible emission under UV excitation.

Luminescence improvement of ZnO/PAA nano-hybrids by silica coating, Y. Zhang, T. Gard, C; Theron, A. Apostoluk, K. Masenelli-Varlot, B. Canut, S. Daniele, B. Masenelli, Applied Surface Science 2021, 540 (1), 148343 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.148343


- Design of novel molecular heteroleptic amidinate, guanidinate, triazenide, alkoxides precursors for MOCVD and ALD processes and their conformational deposition in 3D architectures

Asymmetrically substituted triazenes as poor electron donor ligands in the precursor chemistry of iron(II) for iron-based metallic and intermetallic nanocrystals, K. Soussi., S. Mishra, E. Jeanneau, J.-M. Millet, S. Daniele, Dalton Trans, 2017, 46, 13055-1306, DOI: 10.1039/c7dt02755a

Heteroleptic tin(IV) aminoalkoxides and aminofluoroalkoxides as MOCVD precursors for undoped and F-doped SnO2 thin films", Verchere, S. Mishra, E. Jeanneau, H. Guillon, J.-M. Decams, S. Daniele, Inorganic Chemistry 2020, 59, 7167−7180, https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c00617

Synthesis and thermal behavior of heteroleptic γ-substituted acetylacetonate-alkoxides of titanium D. Bijou, T. Cornier, S. Mishra, L. Merzoud, H. Chermette, E. Jeanneau, W. Maudez, G. Benvenuti, S. Daniele, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 20, 1976-1983, https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.202100209


- CO2 valorization (reduction) by photocatalysis and very recently in the presence of Ionic Liquid in order to overcome the chemical inertness of CO2 by preparing a carbene-CO2 compound where the CO2 is bent rather than linear.


Reduced {001}-TiO2-x photocatalyst: noble-metal-free CO2 photoreduction for selective CH4 evolution, W. Fang, L. Khrouz, Y. Zhou, B. Shen, C. Dong, M. Xing, S. Mishra, S. Daniele, J. Zhang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 13875-1388, DOI:10.1039/c7cp01212h

Study of the Parameters Impacting the Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide in Ionic Liquids, Y. Peng, K. Szeito, C. Santini, S. Daniele, ChemPhotoChem 2021, 5, 1-7, https://doi.org/10.1002/cptc.202100006

Some are more fundamental studies, in collaboration with physicists, on the thermodynamic landscapes of nanoparticles in order to understand the effects of the surface and the interface on the thermodynamics of small particles and to develop models that can be used for decision support to design nanomaterials with original properties

Pressure-Induced Phase Transitions in TiO2 Rutile Nanorods, D. Machon, N. Le Bail, P. Hermet, T. Cornier, S. Daniele, S. Vignoli, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123 (3), 1948-1953, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b10057

Partners and extras

All my research topics are related to different fields of application, which leads currently to many national and some international partnerships :

- Pr. Jinlong Zhang, ECUST (Shanghaï), China

- Dr. Nadine Bou Orm, Zayed University (Abu Dhabi), United Arab Emirates

- Pr. Geneviève Chadeyron, Dr Damien Boyer, Dr Audrey Potdevin, ICCF (Clermont-Ferrand), France

- Dr. Elisabeth Blanquet, Dr. Arnaud Mantoux, SIMAP (Grenoble), France

- Dr. Constantin Vahlas, INP Toulouse (Toulouse), France

- Dr. Stéphane Pellet-Rostaing, Dr. Guilhem Arrachart, ICSM (Marcoule), France

- Pr. Bruno Masenelli, Dr. Aleksandra Apostoluk, INL (Lyon), France

- Pr. Ausrine Bastasyte, FEMTO-ST (Besançon), France

- Dr Denis Machon, Dr. Stéphane Pailhes, Dr. Sylvie Le Floch, ILM (Lyon), France

- Dr. Shashank Mishra, Dr. Jean Luc Rousset, Dr. Franck Morfin, Dr. Noémie Perret, M. Thibaut Cornier, M. Stéphane Mangematin, IRCELYON (Lyon), France

- Dr. Erwann Jeanneau, Dr. Emmanuel Vuillet, Dr. Gaëlle Daniele, M. Florent Lafay, ISA (Lyon), France

- Dr. Margarida Costa Gomes, Pr. Agilio Padua, ENS Lyon (Lyon), France

- Dr. Anass Benayad, CEA (Grenoble), France

- Dr. Sandrine Cottrino, Dr. Gilbert Fantozzi, Dr. Karine Masenelli-Varlot, INSA Lyon (Lyon), France

- Dr. Jean-Manuel Decams, Dr. Hervé Guillon, Annealsys (Montpellier), France

- Dr. Giacomo Benvenuti, Dr. William Maudez, Dr Estelle Wagner, 3D-Oxides (St Genis Pouilly), France

- M. Serge Kimbel, M. Youssouf Traore, WEEECycling (Tourville les Ifs), France


Startup creation: “Lotus Synthesis” (2011-2018)

Some of my works were exploited trough the startup “Lotus Synthesis” that I have co-founded in 2011 and was commercializing functional oxide nanosuspensions for top coating applications.





Scientific consulting

I am currently a scientific consultant at Mathym, a company owned by Baïkowski.




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