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Before joining Higher Education, Maëlle was journalist, chief editor of EducPros.fr, a website for higher education professionals that she created in 2008 (Express Roularta Media Group).
She graduated from CELSA (School of Information and communication advanced studies), Paris 4 Sorbonne and Trinity College (Dublin) in History and International Relations. She has worked with organizations such as AUF (Francophone university association), EUA (European university association) and the European commission in Brussels.
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Professor Muriel Hissler
Muriel Hissler obtained her PhD degree at the University of Strasbourg I in 1998 under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Ziessel and Prof. A. Harriman. She synthesised and studied the photo-physical properties of new luminescent transition metals and lanthanides complexes. Then, she joined the group of R. Eisenberg in Rochester (USA) and worked on platinum(II) complexes in order to obtain long lived charge separate excited state.
Subsequently, she joined the group of R. Réau in Rennes as Maître de Conférences. In February 2006, she has obtained her Habilitation (in french "Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches"). The main research topic concerns the development of π-conjugated organophosphorus oligomers for optoelectronic applications. The most striking results are the synthesis of the first conducting polymers containing phosphole rings, development of organophosphorus materials for OLED's and the synthesis of molecules exhibiting a σ-π conjugation.
These scientific works give rise to 46 publications and 1 patent. In 2005, she has obtained the French Chemical Society Award in coordination chemistry for Young Chemist.
Professor Sébastien Le Picard
Professor Sébastien Le Picard studied physics at the universities of Brest and Rennes 1. In 1998 he completed his PhD in Physics at Université de Rennes 1. In 1998 he was appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Professor I.W.M. Smith. In 1999 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Physics at Université de Rennes 1 and obtained is research accreditation in 2007.
In 2011 he was nominated at the Institut Universitaire de France, and in 2017 was appointed Professor of Physics at Université de Rennes 1. In October 2017, he was appointed Vice-President in charge of European Programmes.
His main research focuses on experimental molecular physics applied to astrophysics. He is the coordinator of the Laboratory Astrophysics group at the Institute of Physics Rennes.
During his career, Sébastien Le Picard has been involved in various European networks and actions connected to molecular astrophysics as well as in two National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative research networks. He is the coordinator of an International Research Network QUADMARTS funded by the CNRS, bringing together experimentalists from the USA and France working in the field of molecular physics applied to astrophysics, combustion and atmospheric chemistry.
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