Research Interests

Third generation solar cells
fundamental properties, encapsulation, degradation processes, defects within the active materials.
Solid State Physics
Van der Waals heterostructures, 2D materials, graphene, halide perovskites, mesoscopic materials.
Synchrotron X-ray techniques, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, hard X-rays, neutron scattering.

Main skills

Solid State Physics & Chemistry and Applications
  • Sol-gel synthesis, thin-films processing, solar cell characterisation
  • Electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray techniques, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy
  • Theory of scattering + diffraction, in-depth understanding of waves in solids and crystalline materials
  • Showcase results, content marketing, public relations


Ph.D. in PhysicsManchester, UK. grad. exp. 2022.
  • School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester
  • Van der Waals Heterostructures using combinations of graphene, perovskite, and other 2D materials
  • Supervisor: Pr Andre K. Geim; Co-supervisor: Pr Irina V. Grigorieva
  • Grants: G1
UC Mesoscale Summer School Irvine, CA, USA. 2018
  • University of California, Irvine
Visiting student Researcher Menlo Park, CA, USA. 2018.
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Understand the origin of octahedral tilt in hybrid perovskites
  • Advisor: Dr Michael F. Toney
  • Grants: G2
  • Publications: C1
M.Sc. in Chemical PhysicsParis, France. grad. 2018
  • ESPCI Paris: École supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris
  • Diplôme d'ingénieur
B.Sc. in Physics Paris, France. grad. 2016
  • Sorbonne Université - Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie
  • Minor: Chemistry


Graduate Teaching AssistantManchester, UK. 2018
  • Introduction to Programming for Physicists
  • School of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Manchester, 2nd year undergraduate (Python & C++)
  • Assessed and advised the students on the programming course
  • Proposed student pastoral support
  • Marking of the final exam
  • 7 hours per week
Graduate Teaching AssistantParis, France. 2016-2017
  • Mathematics (Algebra & Analysis)
  • Lycée Saint Louis, 1st year undergraduate
  • Prepared students attending “Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Écoles” for the Mathematics oral exam to the French Grandes Écoles for scientific studies.
  • Provided pastoral support per group of 3
  • Assessed
  • 2 hours per week

Leadership and activities

Cohort Representative2018-.
  • ESPCI Alumni Association
  • Census of the graduates.
  • Organise cohort meetups (ski weekend, weekend in Normandy, etc.)
  • Relay ESPCI Alumni Association's mutual aid in the class of 2018.
  • Promote ESPCI Alumni's events.
Communications and Public Relations Officer2016.
  • ESPCI Student's Sport Union
  • Set up communications and growth strategy.
  • Designed visual identity.
  • Mapped out, promoted and implemented the communications framework & platforms strategy.
  • Managed digital communications channels.
  • Designed and fundraised for the sport jerseys.
  • Negociated sponsorships.
  • Managed public & press relations.
  • Results: ×3 growth in membership, ×4 growth in sponsorship revenues.
Communications Officer2009-2012.
  • Jappix, web-based communication platform
  • Co-founded the open-source program.
  • Managed UI design.
  • Developped a communications and marketing strategy.
  • Results: 100k+ downloads, 50k+ users on
Event organisation
  • ESPCI Gala Dinner, 2018, Communications Officer.
  • ESPCI Gala Dinner, 2016, Vice President.
  • Journée de l'Informatique Libre (Free Software Day) 2011, Conference Program committee officer.

Professional Experience

R&D InternLyons + Chambéry, France. 2017
  • Synthesised + characterised nanocharged acrylic adhesives for the encapsulation of optoelectronic devices.
  • Enhanced the barrier properties towads gases and water with proper dispersion of nanocharges.
  • Carried out compatibility tests of the produced adhesives to Organic and Perovskite Solar Cells.
  • Synthesised solgel zirconium phosphate nanoplatelets, and functionnalised their surfaces.

Advisors: Stéphane Cros (CEA), Frédéric Chaput (ENS) and Manuel Hidalgo (Arkema).


  1. Tetragonal to Cubic Phase Transition in FA1-xCsxPb(I1-yBry)3: Temperature Dependance and Impact on Band GapBoston, MA,USA. Nov 30, 2018
    Julien Barrier, Aryeh Gold-Parker, Eli Wolf, Rachel E. Beal, Michael D. McGehee and Michael F. Toney
    MRS Fall 2018, oral communication.

Grants, Award & Scholarships

  1. Doctoral Training Partnership BursarySeptember 2018
    (wrote the proposal)
  2. Mobility Scholarship for Visiting Student Researcher at SLACMarch 2018
    Fonds ESPCI Paris
    (wrote the proposal)

Invited Talks

  1. Jappix, free social network, Geneva, July 10, 2012.
  2. Le web social, Toulon, April 28, 2012.
  3. Réseaux sociaux libres, Strasbourg, July 12, 2011.
  4. Jappix, réseau social libre, Toulon, January 15, 2011.
  5. Jappix, un micro-réseau social libre, Sophia-Antipolis, November 27, 2010.
  6. Jappix, Bordeaux, July 9, 2010.


  • Découvrez le monde le l’informatique libre. 27 April 2012. Reported by Myriam Tricocci Robert, Metro Toulon. France.
  • Informatique : la liberté à portée de clic. 14 January 2011. Reported by Thierry Turpin, La Marseillaise. France.
  • Actualités locales, 31 August 2010. Reported by Jacky Laurent, Var Matin La Seyne-sur-Mer. France.
  • Cyber Culture. 27 Septembre 2014, 2:00 PM, Radio Ici & Maintenant FM 95.2 MHz, Paris, France. Produced by Olivier Piquepé. 3h30’.
  • Jappix. La Voix du Libre, 13 July 2011, 9:30 AM, Radio RMLL (web), Québec, Canada. Produced by Yannick Pavard. 19’.
  • Morning News, 10 January 2010, 7:30 AM, France Bleu Provence FM 109.2 MHz, Toulon, France. 4’
  • “Nous voulons garantir les libertés des utilisateurs.” 29 April 2012. Reported by David Latour. Var Matin Toulon. France.
  • Jappix, interview de Julien Barrier Dossier spécial Tchat, web & messagerie, October 2010. Reported by Aline Hof. Linux Pratique Essentiel. Issue 16. pages 5–7. France.


  • Born in January 1994 in Paris, France.
  • Hobbies comprise sailing, skiing and bike riding.
  • Current address:
    Schuster Building 2.23
    School of Physics and Astronomy
    The University of Manchester
    Manchester M13 9PL, UK.
  • My blog about photovoltaic materials: