The PolyFun team of ICPEES and STELORG are growing! We welcome Olivier Bardagot, a new PI who will broaden our activities to the field of bioelectronics. He will work hand in hand with Nicolas Leclerc on the control of polymer ordering and electronic properties to optimize the electrochemical and chemical doping of pi-conjugated polymers for bioelectronic and thermoelectric applications.

Olivier joined ICPEES as independent young researcher (Chargé de Recherche) in February 2023. His interests are in understanding the chemical and electrochemical doping mechanisms of highly structured organic semiconductors for bioelectronic and thermoelectric applications. A physicist by training, he obtained his MSc in Nanoscience and Engineering Physics at the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Phelma, France) in partnership with Imperial College London (UK). To better understand the molecular design of the materials he was studying, he completed a PhD at Université Grenoble Alpes/CEA Grenoble (France) with Dr. Renaud Demadrille from 2016 to 2019. He focused on the organic synthesis of n-type polymers and their doping for thermoelectric and photovoltaic applications. From 2020 to 2023, he developed his skills in time-resolved spectroscopy and data analysis during a post-doctoral stay in the FemtoMat group of Prof. Natalie Banerji at the University of Bern. Notably, he improved the electronic performance of organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) and identified energetical and morphological factors limiting the (de)doping kinetics of the polymer channel during device operation. His research can be found here