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Introduction

Since my Master's degree in Physics and my PhD thesis in Sciences completed at the University of Namur, Belgium, I have studied the physical origins of visual effects developed by natural organisms.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher funded by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). I am carrying out my research at the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences of the University of Exeter, UK and the Department of Physics of the University of Namur, Belgium. I investigate the optical response of living organisms such as butterflies and beetles to ultraviolet light.

Beside my interest in scientific research, I also enjoy the contact with students through teaching or outreaching activities.

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Areas of expertise

  • Expertise in interferential colourations in living organisms, photonic crystals, diffusion and propagation of electromagnetic waves in a uni, bi or three-dimensional structured environments
  • Spectrophotometry, microspectrophotometry, colorimetry, ellipsometry, ellipsoporosimetry, optical, fluorescence and electron microscopies, contact angle measurements, optical modelling, fieldwork and collection of insects

External responsibilities

Diplomas

  • PhD thesis in Sciences (2015)
  • Master's Degree in Physics (2011)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics (2009)

Awards

  • Grant of the Agathon De Potter Fund - Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, 2018
  • 2018 Biomimetics Travel Award, 2018
  • https://www.mdpi.com/2313-7673/3/2/10/htm
  • Image of the Week - Optics & Photonics News, 13/03/2017
  • Image of the Week - Optics & Photonics News, 09/01/2017
  • Best 250-word abstract with most frequent 1000 words in English - Early Career Research Network, University of Exeter, 2016
  • Honorable Mention - Optics & Photonics News Photo Contest, 2016
  • Runner-up - 2016 JOEL SEM/TEM/EPMA Image Contest, 2016
  • Best microscopy image from Belgium & European Finalist - European Science Photo Competition 2015
  • Grant of the Agathon De Potter Fund - Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, 2016
  • Honorable Mention - 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Namur

1 Oct 201129 Sep 2015

Master of Science, University of Namur

15 Sep 200930 Jun 2011

Bachelor of Science, University of Namur

15 Sep 200630 Jun 2009

External positions

Scientific Consultant, TheGreatestMinds

2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Physics

Sep 2015Sep 2020

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Projects 2011 2020

Research Output 2012 2018

Linear and Nonlinear Optical Effects in Biophotonic Structures using Classical and Nonclassical Light

Verstraete, C., Mouchet, S. R., Verbiest, T. & Kolaric, B., 2018, In : Journal of biophotonics. p. e201800262 e201800262.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Light
biology
Research
Biomedical Research
geometry

Structural Colours in Lepidopteran Scales

Mouchet, S. R. & Vukusic, P., 2018, In : Advances in Insect Physiology. 54, p. 1-53 53 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lepidoptera
color
artificial colors
additive effect
photonics
Tetraphenylborate
Photochromism
photochromism
Anions
boxes

La Science derrière les couleurs de nos vitraux

Mouchet, S., 23 Oct 2017, 1 p.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
File

Prizes

2018 Biomimetics Travel Award

Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 2018

Prize: National/international honour

Biomimetics

Best 250-word abstract with most frequent 1000 words in English

Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), Dec 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

career

Best microscopy image from Belgium & European Finalist

Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Belgium
Microscopy

FRS-FNRS Research Fellowship

Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 1 Oct 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Grant of the Agathon De Potter Fund

Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 15 Feb 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Belgium
Letters
Agathon
Fine Arts

Activities 2008 2018

Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

Sébastien Mouchet (Visiting researcher)
4 Jul 20184 Sep 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch/Teaching in a external institution

Fluorescence emission from beetle wings

Sébastien Mouchet (Speaker)
17 Jan 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Structural colours in Nature

Sébastien Mouchet (Speaker)
14 Dec 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Belgian Physical Society (BPS) General Scientific Meeting 2017

Sébastien Mouchet (Poster)
17 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Linear and Non-Linear Fluorescence Investigation of a Beetle’s Photonic Structure

Sébastien Mouchet (Speaker)
17 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Thesis

Mécanismes fondamentaux de la coloration structurale : addiction et induction de couleurs

Author: Mouchet, S., 29 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Deparis, O. (Supervisor), Su, B. L. (Jury), Lepere, M. (President), Vukusic, P. (External person) (Jury), Berthier, S. (External person) (Jury) & Voue, M. (External person) (Jury)

Student thesis: Doc typesDoctor of Sciences