After completing an M.S. degree in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, Clermont College, Batavia, Ohio, USA in 1997, Damien Boyer received his Ph.D. degree in materials chemistry from the same university in 2000. His work was devoted to the development of optical materials by the sol-gel process for lighting and scintillating applications. In 2001, he moved to the Material Science Center at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, as a Research Associate for about two years. He was working on a European project aiming to design thermal barriers in ceramic by the sol-gel process. Boyer then joined the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (ENSCCF) as an Assistant Professor and obtained his research habilitation in 2009. Since 2011, Boyer has been working as a scientific consultant for a startup company, Revlum. His current research activities are mainly dedicated to the design of smart fluorescent nanoparticles for medical imaging applications. Depending on their composition, these fluorescent nano markers are able to convert UV or infrared radiations into visible light. Furthermore, after surface functionalization, they can be grafted to biomolecules for targeted diagnosis.
Biography Updated on 11 May 2012