Cabailh Greg

Cabailh Greg

Greg Cabailh
Lecturer Sorbonne Université
Team(s) Low-dimensional oxides

Barre 12 – 22, 5e étage, bureau 507
4 Place Jussieu, boîte courrier 840
75252 Paris Cedex 05

Current research interests

My research interests focus on the study oxide surfaces and interfaces, mainly TiO2, MgO and ZnO, and principally on their surface defects characterisation at the atomic scale by scanning probe microscopies (scanning tunnelling microscopy and atomic force microscopy) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. These defects can play a major role in the interaction of these surfaces with small molecules (reactivity towards H2O, CO…) and the initial growth mode of thin metallic films (nanoparticles, thin films…), which is also main topic of my work.
Finally, thin metal-oxide films supported on metals can present various properties that vary from the bulk, e.g. stoichiometry, different stabilised orientations leading to different reactive sites.

Main expertise

Metal oxide surfaces (TiO2, MgO…), model catalyst, hydroxylation and hydratation, growth, wetting and adhesion, oxide nano-objects: thin films and nanoparticles, atomic and electronic structure.
Surface science, characterisation and ultra-high vacuum techniques (scanning probe microscopy, X-ray, Auger and UV spectroscopy, resonant photoelectron spectroscopy, Low energy electron diffraction), synchrotron radiation techniques (surface x-ray diffraction, grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering, near edge x-ray absorption fine structure).

Current teaching

  • 2nd year Masters SMNO : Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures
  • 2nd year Masters SMNO : Responsable of Internships
  • 3rd year BSc : Mathematics for physics (LY3PY013)

Latest publication

“Competitive Formation of Ultra-thin Alumina Films at the Fe0.85Al0.15(110) Surface.” N. Alyabyeva, S. Chenot, P. David, G. Cabailh, J. Jupille, A. Koltsov, R. Lazzari. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2022, ⟨10.1021/acs.jpcc.2c06392⟩ HAL


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2012-to date: Lecturer at Sorbonne Université and Institut des Nanosciences de Paris (INSP) – Low-dimensional oxides group. Model catalysts, hydroxylation and hydration, growth mode, oxide nano-objects: thin films and nanoparticles, atomic and electronic structures.

2012: Research Fellow at INSP and National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Transparent silver conductive layers for reinforced thermal insulation glazing and OLEDs electrodes.

2011 Research engineer, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille (CNRS). Physical analysis of the interaction of molecules on insulator surfaces by noncontact atomic force microscopy (NCAFM).

2009-2010 Postdoc, INSP, UPMC, CNRS, Paris. Morphology and reactivity of gold nanoparticles supported on crystalline oxides.

2004-2008 Postdoc, London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London. Studies of the interaction of small molecules and atoms with metal/oxide surfaces.

2000-2004 Ph.D. in Physics. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Synchrotron radiation studies of organic/inorganic semiconductor interfaces.