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

I co-authored a book entitled "Natural Photonics and Bioinspiration" with Prof. Olivier Deparis.

Currently, I am carrying out my research, as a Honorary Senior Lecturer and a Researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Exeter, UK and the Department of Physics of UNamur.

Beside my interest in scientific research, I also enjoy teaching and outreaching activities.

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Areas of expertise

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

External responsibilities


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


  • 10th Charles Courtoy Prize for the best PhD thesis in Physics at UNamur for the period 15/09/2014-14/09/2017 - UNamur Department of Physics, 2023
  • Grant of the Agathon De Potter Fund - Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, 2018
  • 2018 Biomimetics Travel Award, 2018
  • 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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Fundamental mechanisms of structural colouration: additive and induced colours, University of Namur

1 Oct 201129 Sept 2015

Award Date: 29 Sept 2015

Master of Science, Study of structural colours: Influence of the dimensionality on the light scattering in natural photonic crystals, University of Namur

15 Sept 200930 Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Bachelor of Science, University of Namur

15 Sept 200630 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

External positions

Visiting Academic, University of Queensland

1 Jul 20181 Oct 2018

Scientific Consultant, TheGreatestMinds

2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Physics, University of Exelter

Sept 2015 → …


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