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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

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

Visiting Academic, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

1 Jul 20181 Oct 2018

Scientific Consultant, TheGreatestMinds

2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Physics

Sep 2015Sep 2020

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Projects

Research Output

Translucent in air and iridescent in water: structural analysis of a salamander egg sac

Zabuga, A. V., Arrigo, M. I., Teyssier, J., Mouchet, S. R., Nishikawa, K., Matsui, M., Vences, M. & Milinkovitch, M. C., 2020, In : Soft matter. 6, 7, p. 1714-1721 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Colour and fluorescence emission of Euchroea auripigmenta beetle

    Mouchet, S., Kaczmarek, A. M., Mara, D., Van Deun, R. & Vukusic, P., 13 Mar 2019, p. 1-11. 11 p.

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

    Verstraete, C., Mouchet, S. R., Verbiest, T. & Kolaric, B., Jan 2019, In : Journal of biophotonics. 12, 1, p. e201800262 e201800262.

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    Nonlinear optical spectroscopy and two-photon excited fluorescence spectroscopy reveal the excited states of fluorophores embedded in a beetle's elytra

    Mouchet, S. R., Verstraete, C., Mara, D., Van Cleuvenbergen, S., Finlayson, E. D., Van Deun, R., Deparis, O., Verbiest, T., Maes, B., Vukusic, P. & Kolaric, B., 6 Feb 2019, In : Interface focus. 9, 1, p. 20180052 8 p., 20180052.

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    Unveiling the nonlinear optical response of Trictenotoma childreni longhorn beetle

    Mouchet, S. R., Verstraete, C., Kaczmarek, A. M., Mara, D., van Cleuvenbergen, S., Van Deun, R., Verbiest, T., Maes, B., Vukusic, P. & Kolaric, B., 1 Sep 2019, In : Journal of biophotonics. 12, 9, p. e201800470 e201800470.

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  • Datasets

    Prizes

    2018 Biomimetics Travel Award

    Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: National/international honour

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

    Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), Dec 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best microscopy image from Belgium & European Finalist

    Sébastien Mouchet (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 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

  • Activities

    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