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Doctor - CNRS
50 years old

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- Member of the Photochemistry team
- Head of the Photochemistry, Reactivity and Environment (PRE) group

Doctor in Physical Chemistry (photochemist) specialized in environmental chemistry (iron) with applications for water treatment and Atmospheric Chemistry (clouds)


- October 2014 to present: Directeur de Recherche CNRS 1st classe, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, UMR CNRS 6296, UBP (Blaise Pascal University)
- May 2014: Shanghai government price of high International Scientific and Technological Collaboration
- 2014-2017: CNRS Scientific Excellence Price
- 2013/2014: 2 months invited Senior Scientist, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Atmospheric particles pollution and Prevention, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)
- Oct. 2006 to Sept. 2014: Directeur de Recherche CNRS 2nd classe, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, UMR CNRS 6296, UBP
- Sept. 1999 to Sept. 2000: Associated Researcher, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
- Oct. 1992 to Aug. 1999 and Oct. 2000 to Sept. 2006: Chargé de Recherche CNRS, Laboratoire de Photochimie Moléculaire et Macromoléculaire, UMR CNRS 6505, UBP


- 1997: HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), Photochemistry, Blaise Pascal University (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France
- 1989 to 1991: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, UBP, Clermont-Ferrand Title: The charge transfer in a coordination complex as process of polymerisation photoinitiation
- 1989: Master in chemistry, experimental work on the acrylamide polymerisation photoinduced by a chromium(VI) and copper(II) bimetallic system in aqueous solution


- Iron chemistry and photochemistry in water
- Advanced oxidation technology processes (TiO2 and iron, Photobiodegradation, iron organic complexes, Photo-Fenton)
- Atmospheric chemistry and photochemistry (cloud aqueous phase)
- Environmental aquatic chemistry and photochemistry of natural waters


- 130 original papers in international journal with reviewers. H index = 26
- 145 oral communications in international conferences or invited in foreign universities (59 invited talks or plenary lectures)
- 95 posters in international conferences


- 20 PhD students (17 awarded among them 8 in co-tutelle with foreign universities)
- 16 Master students
- 18 Post-doc students or foreign colleagues
- 34 research projects, European, bilateral, PAI, French ANR, CPER, CNRS… (17 leaded among them 10 international)


- Since January 2012: Director of the Federation of Research in Environment labelled by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education and CNRS FR 3467. This Federation brings together 450 people belonging to 15 research laboratories (all associated with CNRS, INRA or IRSTEA) with a large multidisciplinary research
- Since March 2012: Advisor for the internationalisation of research at the Blaise Pascal University
- Strong involvement in international collaborations (China, USA, Czech Republic, Moldova, Italy, Argentina, Spain), many internships abroad
- Member of councils or committees (CNU, University, Faculty, CTP, CHS, selection committees)
- Organization of international conferences and workshops. Responsible for training mission


1) Assessment of the Fe(III)-EDDS complex in Fenton like processes: from the radical formation to the degradation of bisphenol A. W. HUANG, M. BRIGANTE, F. WU, K. HANNA, C. MOUSTY, G. MAILHOT, Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, 47, 1952-1959.

2) Classification of clouds sampled at the puy de Dôme (France) based on 10 years of monitoring of their physicochemical properties. L. DEGUILLAUME, T. CHARBOUILLOT, M. JOLY, M. VAÏTILINGOM, M. PARAZOLS, A. MARINONI, P. AMATO, A.-M. DELORT, V. VINATIER, A. FLOSSMANN, N. CHAUMERLIAC, J. M. PICHON, S. HOUDIER, P. LAJ, K. SELLEGRI, A. COLOMB, M. BRIGANTE, G. MAILHOT, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2014, 14, 1485-1506.

3) Toward a Better Understanding of Fe(III)−EDDS Photochemistry: Theoretical Stability Calculation and Experimental Investigation of 4-tert-Butylphenol Degradation. Y. WU, M. BRIGANTE, W. DONG, P. de SAINTE-CLAIRE, G. MAILHOT, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2014, 118, 396-403.

4) A better understanding of hydroxyl radical photochemical sources in cloud waters collected at the puy de Dôme station : Experimental versus modelled formation rates. A. BIANCO, M. PASSANANTI, H. PERROUX, G. VOYARD, C. MOUCHEL-VALLON, N. CHAUMERLIAC, G. MAILHOT, L. DEGUILLAUME, M. BRIGANTE, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2015, 15, 9191-9202.

5) Sulfate Radical Photogeneration Using Fe-EDDS: Influence of Critical Parameters and Naturally Occurring Scavengers. Y. WU, A. BIANCO, M. BRIGANTE, W. DONG, P. DE SAINTE-CLAIRE, K. HANNA, G. MAILHOT, Environmental Science and Technology, 2015, 49, 14343-14349.