Damien Faivre’s peregrinations started at high school as a French pupil studying at the European School of Karlsruhe (Germany). He came back to France to study physical chemistry at the Claude Bernard University (Lyon, France) spending a year as an exchange student at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). He continued with a doctoral thesis in geochemistry at the Institute for Earth Physics (Paris, France) and the California Institute of technology (Pasadena, USA). At that point, he started to work on the mechanism of formation of synthetic and biological magnetite with P. Zuddas, F. Guyot, A. Komeili, and D. Newmann. In 2005, he joined the group of D. Schüler (Max Planck Institue for marine microbiology, Bremen, Germany) to study the amazing properties of magnetosomes formed by magnetotactic bacteria. Finally, on the invitation of P. Fratzl, Director of the Department of Biomaterials of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, he moved to Potsdam in 2007 as Group Leader to fuse his interests in bio- and biomimetic formation and assembly of magnetic iron oxides. He was awarded a starting grant from the ERC in 2010.
Biography Updated on 21 January 2013