Purcell, Stephen

Dr., Directeur de Recherche, Institut Lumière Matière, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Purcell, Stephen

Dr., Directeur de Recherche, Institut Lumière Matière, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1


  • Sc. 1979, University British Columbia, Physics Dept., Plasma Physics
  • D.: 1989, Simon Fraser Univ., Canada. Epitaxial Magnetic Layers by MBE
  • Postdoc: Philips Research, Eindhoven, 89-91. Epitaxial Magnetic Layers by MBE
  • Employer since 1991: Centre National de Recherche Scientifque (CNRS) (France).
  • Grade : Directeur de Recherches (Senoir Scientist) first class. DR1. Since 10/12.
  • Affectation : Team “Physics of Nanostructures and Field Emission” (PNEC in French), Institut Lumière Matière, Université Lyon 1.
  • Founder and team leader PNEC, 2004-2014.
  • Responsible of the Axe “Nanophotonique et Nanoscience” of the Institute of Light and Material”. 180 Profs./Permanent researchers. Axe nano: largest and most divers (~2/3 of personnel); 2011-2016.
  • 110 Pubs., 4 Chapters, 3 Patents, 26 Inter. Invited Conferences, H=32(ISI), 3700 citations.
  • Participation in the direction de 14 Ph.Ds.
  • Distinction 2012. Named a “Core Technology Advisor”, Samsung. 2012-2014.


Evaluation Committee of the Financing agencies : PNANO (2006-2010), Blanc (2012), GDR Nanotubes International (2004-2008), GDR Nanowires (2006-présent), Int. Conf. MNE, Observatory of Micro and Nano Technologies (OMNT), IEEE Radio-Frequency Nanotechnology Technical Committee (MTT-25), “Committee of Experts” (for hiring) 28th section, U. Lyon1. Co-organization 2 international and 1 National workshops. Co-Chairman and principal organizer International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference 2020 and 2021. Member several international Scientific Committees, IEEE Nano, IVNC.


PNEC was created under my supervision in September 2004. Since it has been supported by the university and CNRS with recruitments in 2005, 7, 11 and 12 of two permanent researchers and three professors. The team was always rated A+ (the highest) by the national committee.

From a program focused on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and the use of field emission (FE) to access their physical properties, we broadened the scope of our investigations to include new nano-objects and methodologies. Our program is now based on advanced expertise in many aspects of nanoscience: Field emission, Nanotubes, Nanowires, Nanomechanics, Graphene, 1D thermal and electrical transport, and nano-manipulation directly in electron microscopes. Our program extends from the fundamental to the applied.


Giant Osmotic Energy Conversion Measured in a Single Transmembrane Boron Nitride Nanotube

Hot Nanotubes: Stable Heating of Individual Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes to 2000 K Induced by the Field-Emission Current

Structural Dependence of Oscillatory Exchange Interaction across Cu Layers

Oscillations with a Period of 2 Cr Monolayers in the Antiferromagnetic Exchange Coupling in a (001) Fe/Cr/Fe Sandwich Structure

Tuning of Nanotube Mechanical Resonances by Electric Field Pulling

Growing a Carbon Nanotube Atom by Atom: “And yet it does turn”