Emeritus Director of Research CNRS
Associated Professor University of Strasbourg
Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg
Dr. Daniel Guillon obtained the degree of engineer in chemistry at the "National Chemistry School of Strasbourg" in 1971. His Ph.D. degree was granted by the University Louis Pasteur in 1976 in Strasbourg where he undertook research with Dr. Antoine Skoulios on the study of smectic polymorphism in liquid crystals. Then, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ, USA, 1977-1978) where he worked with P.E. Cladis on the structures of liquid crystals under pressure. He received his habilitation in chemistry of materials from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg in 1986 and became Director of Research CNRS in the same year. He joined the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg (IPCMS) in 1988 as leader of the Organic Materials Department. He was then appointed as deputy director of IPCMS from 2002 to 2009, and then Director of the European School of
Chemistry, Polymers and Materials (www.ecpm.unistra.fr) from 2009 to 2014.
He has been visiting scientist at "Centre of Condensed Matter Physics" (Lisboa, Portugal), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Osaka, Japan), University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), Centro de Investigation en Quimica Applicada (Saltillo, Mexico). He has also been Secretary (1998-2002) and Vice-President (2004-2008) of the "International Liquid Crystals Society".
His main research interests focus on the structure of low molecular weight and polymeric liquid-crystalline phases, the self-organisation of dendritic architectures and hybrid materials as well as the study of Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett thin films. More recently, he developed much interest in functionalized nanoparticles and mesomorphic elastomers.
359 Journal Articles, 14 Chapters in Books, 85 Plenary and Invited lectures in international conferences ; supervisor of 19 PhD theses; organisation of 7 international conferences and 7 scientific workshops.