Dr Chris Ewels


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Chris Ewels
I'm a CNRS Research Director at the Institute of Materials in Nantes, France, working on computer modelling of atomic-scale point and line defects, new nanostructures and composite nanomaterials, primarily with carbon. This includes intrinsic defects in carbon and boron nitride nanomaterials, defects in graphite and fullerenes, gas absorption and chemical bonding to nanostructures, nanotube functionalisation, novel nanostructures, and the interaction between impurities such as hydrogen and dislocations in diamond and silicon. Laboratory Website:
Tel: +33 (0)2 40 37 64 07
Institut des Matériaux (IMN)
2 Rue de la Houssinière
44322 Nantes Cedex 3

  • Research Director DR1 CNRS (Section 05 – Condensed Matter : Organisation and dynamics)
  • Joint head of the group « Physics of Materials and Nanostructures » at the Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel – Nantes (IMN)
  • Invited Professor, "Bio-Nano Electronics Centre", Toyo University, Tokyo (2018-2021)

  • 2011: « Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches » (higher PhD) from Nantes University, speciality Physics of Materials.
  • 1993-97: Doctoral Thesis, Exeter University:"Density Functional Modelling of point defects in semiconductors"
  • 1989-93: Undergraduate Degree, BA Hons, Metallurgy and Science of Materials, Keble College, Oxford University

    Research Themes
  • Atomic scale modelling using DFT of carbon-based nanomaterials
  • Point defects (intrinsic and extrinsic) and line defects (dislocations, grain boundaries, …), their electronic structure, diffusion and aggregation
  • Interaction of nanomaterials with their environment (substrate, electrodes, gas absorption, …)
  • Spectroscopy of nanomaterials: Optical (Raman, FTIR), Electronic, X-ray, experimental and simulation
  • New nanostructures, their simulation and implementation
  • Science Communication (notably new media)

    Publications (as of 2023)
  • 200 publications in internation peer reviewed journals (H-Factor : 50)
  • 9 book chapters
  • Complete publication list.

    Research Projects (2018)
  • Coordinator H2020 "Enabling Excellence", European Marie Curie Training Network ITN on graphene-based materials
  • Coordinator ANR "EdgeFiller", French National Project on collapsed nanotube filling
  • Coordinator Paris-Scientifique "NEWTUBE", Regionally Funded project on cycloparaphenylene complexes
  • Partner, Management Committee Member, "MultiComp", European COST Action CA15107, Multi-functional Nanocarbon composite materials
  • Member, ANR Labcom Defier.

    Other Research Community Activities
  • Editor, "Carbon" Journal.
  • Committee Member « British Carbon Group » (2002-)
  • Co-organiser annual international nanocarbon conference « ICAMM, HeteroNanoCarb, …
  • Organiser of “PhD double degree programme” between Univ. Toyo and Univ. Nantes
  • Science Communication : Video (public / schools / BBC), Scientific Images, school presentations, fête de la science, …

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ORCID 0000-0001-5530-9601, Google Scholar, ResearcherID A-1543-2012.

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