Research in Agilio’s group is centered on designing liquid materials (solvents for reactions or separations, electrolytes, refrigerants or lubricants) for applications in sustainable processes and devices. Starting from a study of interactions, ordering and dynamics at the molecular level, the group’s work combines molecular simulation with thermodynamics to understand the dissolving ability, miscibility, interfacial or transport properties of complex liquids. The two main research topics are:
- Ionic liquids and eutectic solvents (DES), which are alternative solvents for green and sustainable chemistry or electrolytes for energy-storage devices.
- Interactions of liquids with nanomaterials, such as nanoparticles, nanotubes and two-dimensional materials (graphene, MoS2), to design solvents for exfoliation and electrolytes for supercapacitors, liquid-gated transistors and sensors.
We develop polarisable force fields for molecular simulation of ionic liquids and different classes of materials, as well as experimental techniques to study energetic and transport properties, and phase behaviour.
Agilio Padua authored 150 publications that were cited more than 10 000 times in the literature (h-index 51). Some of his positions and awards are:
- Member of the Conseil National des Universités, Physical Chemistry, 2015–
- Rossini Lecture Award of the Int. Assoc. of Chem. Thermodynamics, 2018
- Senior Researcher Award, Division of Physical Chemistry, Soc. Chim. France, 2017
- Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, 2013–18
- Visiting scholar in the Chemical Engineering Department of MIT, 2014–15.
- Editor of The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 2005–19.
- Head of the Thermodynamics and Molecular Interactions Lab, CNRS and Univ. Clermont-Ferrand, 2006–16.
- Laboratoire de Chimie ENS de Lyon
- agilio dot padua at ens-lyon dot fr