Odile Merdrignac

University Rennes1

Odile Merdrignac

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  1. Current research
  2. Lectures field
  3. Publications selection

O. Merdrignac received her PhD in 1989 in chemical science from the University of Rennes 1 and has been awarded with the Prof. P. Gineste Prize (chemistry PhD thesis award). She carried out post-doctoral research (EC fellowship) at Harwell Laboratory, AEA Technology, Electrical Ceramics & Gas Sensors Section (UK). In 1991, she was appointed as an associate professor at the University of Rennes 1 where she received her Habilitation in 2000. She has more than 25-year experience in synthesis and characterization of oxide and non-oxide (nitrides and sulfides) materials.
Properties of interest are either electrical (gas sensors based on semiconductor oxides and oxynitrides), photocatalytic (degradation of organic compounds) or optical (transparent ceramics, phosphors). She has led the semiconductor gas sensors thematic for 20 years. She has been responsible for contracts with industry (Atmospheric Sensors LLC, CoorsTek/Solcera, Selex ES Ltd, up-scaling project funded by Ouest Valorisation TTO) and implicated in 2 ANR projects. Since 2013, she is a Board Member of the French Ceramic Society (GFC).

Current research

  • Synthesis of oxides and non-oxides (nitrides and sulfides) (ceramic and soft chemistry methods)
  • Gas-solid reaction mechanisms (TPD/MS, DRIFTS in situ). Application to gas sensing
  • Photocatalytic properties (degradation of organic compounds)
  • Biomaterials
  • Elaboration of IR transparent ceramics by HP and SPS and characterizations (SEM/TEM, Vis-IR transmission)



  • Doped (RE or TM ions) (oxy)sulfide materials for active optical applications: phosphors, energy conversion, laser ceramics, optical refrigeration


Lectures field

  • Advanced courses in Ceramic Materials (powders, ceramic processes, solid phase sintering), Sensor Materials, Materials for Energy and Environment (Master 1 & 2 levels)
  • Solid State Chemistry (Bachelor 3rd year level)

Publications selection

  • C. Chlique, G. Delaizir, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, C. Roucau, M. Dollé, P. Rozier, V. Bouquet, X.H. Zhang, A comparative study of ZnS powders sintering by Hot Uniaxial Pressing (HUP) and Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), Optical Materials 33 (5) (2011) 706-712
  • B. Fan, C. Chlique, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, X.H. Zhang and X. Fan, Near-infrared quantum cutting material Er3+/Yb3+ doped La2O2S with an external quantum yield higher than 100%, J. Phys. Chem. C 116 (2012) 11652-11657
  • V. Legrand, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, W. Paulus, T. Hansen, Study of the thermal nitridation of nanocrystalline Ti(OH)4 by X-ray and in situ neutron powder diffraction, J. Phys. Chem. A 116 (2012) 9561-9567
  • I. Iparraguirre, J. Azkargorta, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, M. Al-Saleh, C. Chlique, X.H Zhang, R. Balda, J. Fernandez, Laser action in Nd3+-doped lanthanum oxysulfide powders, Optics Express 20 (2012) 23690-23699
  • V. Legrand, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, W. Paulus, Nano-scaled TiO(OD)2: a time resolved 1H/2D isotope exchange study observed in situ with neutron scattering at 20°C and 40°C, Dalton Trans., 42 (2013) 3896-3900
  • J.F.D. Figueiredo, V. Bouquet, S. Députier, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, I. Peron, E.P. Marinho, A.G. Souza, I.M.G. Santos, M. Guilloux-Viry, I.T. Weber, Zinc-gallium oxynitride powders: effect of the oxide precursor synthesis route, Cerâmica 59 (2013) 269-276
  • C. Chlique, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, N. Hakmeh, X.H. Zhang, J.-L. Adam, Transparent ZnS ceramics by sintering of high purity monodisperse nanopowders, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 96 [10] (2013) 3070–3074
  • E. Wers, H. Oudadesse, B. Lefeuvre, B. Bureau, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, Thermal investigations of Ti and Ag-doped bioactive glasses, Thermochimica Acta 580 (2014) 79-84
  • N. Hakmeh, C. Chlique, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, B. Fan, F. Cheviré, X.H. Zhang, X. Fan, X. Qiao, Combustion synthesis and up-conversion luminescence of La2O2S:Er3+,Yb3+ nanophosphors, J. Solid State Chem. 226 (2015) 255-261
  • S. Komaty, M. Letertre, H. Duong Dang, H. Jungnickel, P. Laux, A. Luch, D. Carrié, O. Merdrignac-Conanec, J-P. Bazureau, F. Gauffre, S. Tomasi, L. Paquin, Importance of the sample preparation process for an optimized extraction of localized metabolites in lichens: application to Pseudevernia furfuracea, Talanta 150 (2016) 525-530