CNRS Research Director

Contact details

Chimie 6 (2ème) - Office 6321

+33 4 73 40 71 73
+33 4 73 40 77 00

Research topics

  • Iron chemistry and photochemistry in water
  • Advanced oxidation technology processes for water treatment (Fenton, Photo-Fenton, iron organic complexes, photobiodegradation, TiO2 and iron, persulfate activation)
  • Atmospheric chemistry and photochemistry (cloud aqueous phase)
  • Environmental aquatic chemistry and photochemistry of natural waters


  • Since January 2012: Director of the Federation of Research in Environment (FRE) labelled by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, CNRS FR 3467 and INRA. This federation brings together 450 people belonging to 18 research laboratories (all associated with CNRS or INRAE) with a large multidisciplinary research.
  • Member of councils and comittes (CNU 31ème section 2011-2015 (elected deputy), 2016-2019 (elected post holder) et 2019-2022 (elected post holder and VP Collège A et President of Groupe 7), CE ANR, CA UCA, University CPE et CHS, UFR, selection comittees for professor positions)
  • Since 2018: Expert for the EU H2020 programmes (MSCA ITN and IF)
  • March 2012 - December 2016: Advisor for the internationalisation of research at the Blaise Pascal University (UBP).
  • Strong involvement in international collaborations (China, USA, Czech Republic, Moldova, Italy, Argentina, Sapin), many internships abroad.
  • Organization of international conferences and workshops.

Activities / Resume

Positions / prices

Oct. 2014 - present

CNRS Research Director 1st class section 13, Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF, UMR 6296), University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA), Clermont-Ferrand, France

Oct. 2019

Invited Professor, Wuhan University, China (1 month)

2016 - 2019

President of chemistry comittee n° 29 for the French Research National Agency (ANR)

Nov. 2014

Shanghai International Science and Technology Cooperation Award

2014 - 2017

CNRS Scientific Excellence Price

2013 / 2015

Invited Professor, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Particle Pollution and Prevention, Fudan University, Shanghai, China (4 months)

Oct. 2006 - Sept. 2014

CNRS Research Director 2nd class section 13, Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF, UMR 6296), Blaise Pascal University (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France

Oct. 2000 - Sept. 2006

CNRS Research Fellow section 13, Laboratory of Molecular and Macromolecular Photochemistry (LPMM, UMR 6505), Université Blaise Pascal (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France

Sept. 1999 - Sept. 2000

Associated Researcher, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Oct. 1992 - Aug. 1999

CNRS Research Fellow section 13, Laboratory of Molecular and Macromolecular Photochemistry (LPMM, UMR 6505), Université Blaise Pascal (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France



Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR), Blaise Pascal University (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France

1989 - 1991

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Blaise Pascal University (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France
Title: The charge transfer in a coordination complex as process of polymerization photoinitiation

Additional informations

Research supervision

  • 26 Ph.D. students (22 awarded including 11 in cotutelle with foreign universities, and 4 in progress)
  • 17 MSc students
  • 20 Post-doc students and foreign colleagues
  • 35 research projects, European, bilateral, PAI, French ANR, CPER, CNRS, regional, industrial (17 leaded including 11 international ones).

Scientific production

  • 169 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, H-index = 38, number of citations = 4696 (Research Gate data, 17/06/2020)
  • 170 oral communications in international conferences or invited in foreign universities (78 lectures given personally, including 50 as a guest speaker)
  • 112 posters in international conferences (22 presented personally)

5 recent selected publications

  1. A. Bianco, I. Polo López, P. Fernández-Ibanez, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot*, Disinfection of Water Inoculated with Enterococcus Faecalis Using Solar/Fe(III)EDDS-H2O2 or S2O82- Process, Water Research (IF = 7,91), 2017, 118, 249-260 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0043135417302555?via%3Dihub)
  2. W. Huang, A. Bianco, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot*, UVA-UVB Activation of Hydrogen Peroxide and Persulfate for Advanced Oxidation Processes: Efficiency, Mechanism and Effect of Various Water Constituents, Journal of Hazardous Materials (IF = 7,65), 2018, 347, 279-287 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304389418300062?via%3Dihub)
  3. Y. Yuan, T. Luo, J. Xu, J. Li, F. Wu, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot*, Enhanced Oxidation of Aniline Using Fe(III)-S(IV) System: Role of Different Oxysulfur Radicals, Chemical Engineering Journal (IF = 8,36), 2019, 362, 183-189 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1385894719300117)
  4. X. Wang, W. Dong, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot*, Hydroxyl and Sulfate Radicals Activated by Fe(III)-EDDS/UV: Comparison of their Degradation Efficiencies and Influence of Critical Parameters, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (IF = 14,23), 2019, 245, 271-278 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0926337318312050)
  5. Y. Tao, H. Zhang, M. Brigante, G. Mailhot*, Phenantrene Degradation Using Fe(III)-EDDS Photoactivation Under Simulated Solar Light: A Model for Soil Washing Effluent Treatment, Chemosphere (IF = 5,11), 2019, 236, 1243666 (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045653519315875)