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    My research topics concern soft matter and biophysics.

    During My Ph.D in the Physico-Chimie Curie Lab in Institut Curie, Paris, France, I have studied wetting and drop dynamics related problems from 2001 to 2004. From Nov. 2004 to Sep. 2006, I was a Postoctoral researcher in Harvard University, in an interdiscplinary collaboration between plant biologists and physicists. The goal was to better understand different situations where physics play an important role in biological functions (water transport in plant, spores ejection in mushrooms...), and to use them in a biomimetic approach. I am now researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée in Nice, France.

    I study various topics linked to liquid and elastic interfaces:

- Drops and jets dynamics: vibrations, bouncing on hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces in collaboration with F. Celestini.

- Fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces using microfabrication techniques in collaboration with chemists from CMOM Lab (F. Guittard)

- Plant biophysics (evaporation from artificial leaves, fast motion of fungal spores, fast motion of fern sporangia). We study natural mechanisms and biomimetic devices, using microfluidics to understand and apply these phenomena, in collaboration with M. Argentina in LJAD (Nice) and J. Dumais, M. Zwieniecki, N.M Holbrook, L. Mahadevan, D.A. Weitz from Harvard University (OEB and SEAS).

- Bubbles dynamics in complex systems. We are interested in cavitation, in natural systems (fern sporangia) and in artificial ones in microfluidics with Yann Yip Cheung sang. We also study bubbles dynamics in complex fluids with C. Raufaste and F. Haudin.

- Sound wave propagation in granular media using photoelasticity. We study in 1d and 2d the role of grains roughness on the propagation. Thanks to our technique, we can directly visualize i.t. With G. Huillard and J. Rajchenbach