Dr. Dominique Chatain is Senior Scientist, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) / Interdisciplinary Center of Nanoscience of Marseille (CINaM), joint laboratory of CNRS and Aix-Marseille University (AMU), Marseille, France.
She received an Engineer’s Degree in Metallurgy, and a Ph.D. in Physics and Materials Science, from the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble (INPG).
Dr. Chatain was first hired as a CNRS Research Scientist in 1981 at the INPG. In 1991 she moved to AMU in a CNRS laboratory aimed at Crystal Growth. In 2007, the laboratory’s scope was redirected towards Nanosciences. She led one of its five departments: “Nanomaterials and Reactivity”, for 4 years, and then served on the CNRS Materials Science Board in Paris from 2012–2016. During her career, she has spent about 4 years on extended visits to other institutions, mainly in the USA.
Her research has focused on dual physical and chemical perspectives on interfaces and wetting phenomena. Dr. Chatain has co-authored over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals, and delivered over 230 conference papers, including 87 invited talks. She has led an international brainstorming group on interfaces since 2000, and (co-)chaired over 30 international symposia. Her scientific accomplishments were recognized by awards of the CNRS Silver Medal (2010), the “Légion d’Honneur” of the French government (2012), and a Lady Davis Fellowship from the TECHNION (2014).
She has been an ACERS member since 2008, has served on the Basic Science Division Board as program chair for 2 years (2014-15), and have (co-)organized ACerS sessions at MS&T for 5 years (2014-2018).
Today her research focuses on metal/metal and metal/ceramic interfaces, with emphasis on heteroepitaxy and grain growth in thin films and their applications to interface engineering.