CV - Lydéric Bocquet


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Date of birth: 10.12.1968

Nationality: French

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Present position: Directeur de Recherche at CNRS and joint-Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Academic record and education

- 2014-   Directeur de Recherche (DRCE) at CNRS and joint Professor at ENS

- 2002-2014, Professeur (PRCE) at Université Lyon 1 and Institut Universitaire de France (2005-2010)

- 1995-2002, chargé de recherche at CNRS, ENS Lyon

- 2001, Habilitation, Université de Lyon

- 1994, PhD in statistical physics (advisor: JP Hansen), ENS Lyon

- 1989-1993: Studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

Research interests

My research interests are at the interface between various domains: "soft condensed matter", "hydrodynamics",  "nano-science", as well as everyday life science. They are mainly curiosity-driven. I combine experiments, theory, and molecular simulations to explore the intimate mechanisms of the dynamics of condensed matter from the macroscopic down to the molecular level, with applications in the fields of micro- and nano- fluidics, large scale hydrodynamics, complex fluids, colloidal and material science, My recent research interest is to take benefit of the unexpected fluid transport behavior occurring at the nanoscales to propose new routes for energy harvesting and desalination. This fundamental research led to the creation of a start-up company on these topics.

I have also a strong interest in the physics of every day life, with contributions on stone-skipping, cooking, splashes, ironing, teapot effect, and currently on ski waxing, etc. We have a current collaboration with the biathlon national team and Martin Fourcade on the latter topics.


-       2018 Hinshelwood Lecturer, University of Oxford

-       Silver Medal of the CNRS (2017) (award for the research career of a senior researcher)

-       Maurice Couette Award of the Groupe franćais de Rhéologie (2015)

-       Chair of excellence PSL* (2014)

-       Ancell condensed matter prize of the Société Franćaise de Physique (2011)

-       ERC Avdanced Grant of the European Research Council (2010)

-       Scientific prize of the french Academy of Sciences, Jean Protas (2008)

-       International award, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (2007)

-       palmes académiques’ award (national award for accomplishments towards education, 2007)

-       awarded member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2005)

-       Young Researcher award of the city of Lyon (2003)

Publications, conferences, and;  

-       160+ publications in international reviews (involving 5 Nature, 5 Nature Materials, 1 Nature Physics, 2 Nature Nanotechnology, 3 Nature Comm., 33 Physical Review Letters, etc.) ; H-index : 50; 9000+ citations (WoS)

-       six patents (since 2007)

-       96 invited conference (mostly international) and 70 seminars (Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, NYU, …)

-       author of two first grade books, on mechanics and thermodynamics (Dunod éditeur)

Selected publications

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Selected publications in peer-reviewed journals

-       « Nanoscale capillary freezing of ionic liquids confined between metallic interfaces and the role of electronic screening », J. Comtet, A. NiguŹs, V. Kaiser, B. Coasne, L. Bocquet and A. Siria, Nature Materials (2017)

-       « Pairwise frictional profile between particles determines discontinuous shear thickening transition in non-colloidal suspensions », J. Comtet, G. Chatté, Antoine NiguŹs, L. Bocquet, A. Siria, and A. Colin, Nature Communication (2017)

-       « Massive radius-dependent flow slippage in single carbon nanotubes », E. Secchi, S. Marbach, A. NiguŹs, D. Stein, A. Siria and L. Bocquet, Nature 537 210 (2016)

-       «Principle of active osmotic exchanger for advanced nanofiltration inspired by the kidney », S. Marbach and L. Bocquet,  Physical Review X 6, 031008 (2016)

-       «Ultra-high interlayer friction inside Boron-Nitride nanotubes», A. NiguŹs, A. Siria, P. Vincent, P. Poncharal and L. Bocquet, Nature Materials 13 688-693 (2014)

-         « Giant osmotic energy conversion measured in a single transmembrane boron-nitride nanotube », A. Siria, P. Poncharal, A.-L. Biance, R. Fulcrand, X. Blase, S. Purcell, and L. Bocquet, Nature 494 455 (2013)

-        « Optimizing water permeability through the hourglass shape of Aquaporins”, S. Gravelle, L. Joly, C. Ybert, C. Cottin, L. Bocquet, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 110 16367 (2013)

-        « Dynamic clustering in active colloidal suspensions with chemical signaling », I. Theurkoff, C. Cottin-Bizonne, J. Palacci, C. Ybert, L. Bocquet, Physical Review Letters 108, 268303 (2012)

-        « A smooth future », L. Bocquet and E. Lauga, Nature Materials 10 334-337 (2011)

-        « Nanofluidics, from bulk to interfaces», L. Bocquet , E. Charlaix, Chem. Soc. Rev.  39, 1073 (2010)

-        « Spatial cooperativity in soft glassy flows» , J. Goyon, A. Colin, G. Ovarlez, A. Ajdari, L. Bocquet, Nature 454 84 (2008).

-        « Boosting migration of large particles by solute contrasts », B. Abécassis, C. Cottin, C. Ybert, A. Ajdari, L. Bocquet, Nature Materials 7  785 (2008).

-        « Making a splash with water repellency», C. Duez, C. Ybert, C. Clanet, L. Bocquet, Nature Physics, 3, 180 (2007).

-        « The revealed secrets of stone skipping », C. Clanet, F. Hersen, L. Bocquet, Nature 427 29 (2004).

-        « Low friction flows of liquids at nanopatterned interfaces » C. Cottin-Bizonne, J-L. Barrat, L. Bocquet, E. Charlaix, Nature Materials, 2, 238, (2003).

-       « Moisture induced ageing in granular media and the kinetics of capillary condensation », L. Bocquet, E. Charlaix, J. Crassous, S. Ciliberto, 396, 735 Nature (1998).

Institutional responsabilities

2015 - present director of the ENS Master Studies in Fundamental Physics (ICFP), ~150 students.

2016-..., deputy director of the Institut Pierre Gilles de Gennes for microfluidics, IPGG, Paris (

2012-2013, head of the Liquids and interfacesresearch department in the Institut LumiŹre MatiŹre, Univ. Lyon 1

2006-2012, head of the Liquids at interfacesgroup in the LPMCN (~ 45 people), Univ. Lyon 1

2010-2012, deputy director of the LPMCN lab (100 people), Univ. Lyon 1

Commissions of trust

- 2016 - ... Panel member of the European Research Council (Advanced Grants), every two years

- 2015-..., Member of the editorial board of Journal of Chemical Physics (AIP)

- 2011-..., Member of the editorial board of Physical Review X (American Physical Society)

- 2011- 2016 : Member of the management board (CA) of the Fédération Nanoscience, Grenoble

- 2010- 2014 : Member of the scientific committee of the Institut de Physique of the CNRS

- 2009-2012, Member of the physics department committee, Université Lyon 1

- 2008-2012, Member of the CNRS national comitee (CoNRS) for condensed matter (sec. 05)

Organization of scientific meetings (selected)

-       Flow 17, international conference on micro and nanofluidics, Paris, July 2017, co-chair with P. Tabeling and J.-L. Viovy (~400 participants)

-       Statphys 16 Satellite conference on "Out of equilibrium and active soft matter", Roscoff, June 2016, co-chaired with D. Bartolo, C. Cottin-Bizonne, L. Cipelleti, L. Berthier (~80 participants)

-       CECAM workshop, “Nanofluidics in physics and biology”, Lausanne, October 27-29, 2014 (~60 participants)

-       Les Houches summer school “Soft Interfaces’, 1 month school, July 2-27 2012, co-chaired with David Quéré and Thomas Witten (~80 participants)

-       Symposium « Fluid dynamics at super-repellent surfaces », 62th Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics, Minneapolis (Nov. 2009) (~50 participants)

Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Overall I supervised 16 Phd Students and 21 Postdocs, as well as many undergrads. Among them, 12 obtained a permanent position in research (7 as -presently- Chargé de Recherche CNRS, 3 as lecturer, 1 as Professor at UCSD, 1 Max-Planck fellow), most working in the private sector, the rest being still postdocs. Among them ~ 2/3 were experimentalists, 1/3 theoreticians.

Teaching activities

I have tought without any discontinuity since my Phd. I have been full professor over the period 2002-2013 at the University of Lyon, with a full teaching duty (and an average of ~ 100h of teaching per year over the 12 years). This covered all levels and topics of physics, from the 1st year of Bachelor level up to Master and Doctorate studies. This was spread in full lectures, as well as small classes and lab work.

Since 2014 I have a joint professorship position at ENS Paris (64h/year). I teach courses on soft matter, micro and nanofluidics, membrane science, ... mostly at the master level.

I am also in charge of the Master studies in physics at ENS (~150 students per year in M1 and M2), as the director of the international master ICFP (


Transfer of technology and innovation

I am co-founder of the start-up company Sweetch-Energy which was founded in 2016, and finalized fund-raising to launch its activity in 2017. It targets the development of innovative membranes for the field of blue energy and desalination. Its activity was seeded by the fundamental work on BN nanotubes [Siria et al., Nature2013], and subsequent (patented but unpublished) works with alternative materials for scalability.