Keynote Lecturer


Jérôme F.L. Duval
CNRS Research Director
The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS),
Université de Lorraine, France


Jérôme F.L. Duval is currently Research Director from the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux at Lorraine University in Nancy (France), and leader of the group ‘Physical-Chemistry and Reactivity of Surfaces and Interfaces’. He is a physical-chemist and graduated in 1999 as major of the ‘Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et Physique’ of Bordeaux (France). He then started his Ph.D. in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands) under the supervision of Prof J. Lyklema and Prof H.P. van Leeuwen. He obtained his thesis in 2003 with cum laude distinction. After a two-year sandwich postdoc between Wageningen University and Geneva University under the direction of Prof. J. Buffle and Prof. H.P. van Leeuwen, he entered the CNRS. He has been active in the fields of physical-chemistry of complex biotic and abiotic interphases (e.g. bacteria and viruses) with an emphasis on their defining electrokinetic and nanomechanical properties, bioadhesion, and dynamics of metal speciation in (nano)colloidal suspensions. He was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2011 and the 1st Prize for Researcher in the Lorraine region (France) in 2012. Since 2008, he is member of the ELKIN International Advisory Board and, since 2017, Chair of the International Advisory Board for Interfaces Against Pollution (IAP) conferences series. His current research interests include the analysis of the reactive transfer dynamics of metallic and nanoparticulate contaminants to/in microorganisms, and the development of AFM-based strategies for assessment of nanoparticle toxicity at the single cell level.