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   Hi ! My name is Aurèle, I have performed a Ph. D. in nanotechnologies and applied physics, those have been my main fields of research since the beginning, however as I'm curious and because I wanted to I am right now working as an ICT engineer in the field of microelectronics. Strange move you might say ! Yes it is, but that is part of my strategy. I’m a firm believer in the massive benefits of ongoing self-teaching, contributing not only to increase our knowledge as we progress through life, but in self confidence, creativity, imagination, memory and ultimately happiness !

I don't restrain my attention to hard sciences, but also on fields that I'm not used to, like social sciences, management, economy. That is because I do love those ones, in a passionate way, but also in the fact that they are deeply important for an engineer. This shouldn’t be thought of as pretentious, I do this just because I like it and I think that in this way I'm becoming more valuable to society and the company I'm working with.

So then if I have to sum up my profile I would say that I'm multidisciplinary (at least I try), a leader and that I'm also creative. But maybe you will notice this in the rest of this website, I let you discover and feel free to contact me if you want ;).



ICT Development
Crolles - France

From December 2016 to ...

Ph. D. student

Characterization and industrial control of local stress in microelectronics:
- Applications to advanced transistors technology of 14 nm -

Ph. D. student
Grenoble / Crolles - France

From November 2013 to November 2016 Read more


LABEL: Expertise and consultancy
Grenoble - France

From November 2015 to November 2016 Read more

3<sup>rd</sup> year laboratory internship

Industrial SiGe thin film characterization using Raman spectroscopy
3rd year laboratory internship
Grenoble / Crolles - France

From February 2013 to August 2013 Read more

2<sup>rd</sup> year laboratory internship

Shot noise characterization in graphene nanostructures
2rd year laboratory internship
Karlsruhe - Germany

From June 2012 to August 2012 Read more

1<sup>st</sup> year industrial internship

Clean room operator
1st year industrial internship
Bernin - France

From June 2012 to August 2012 Read more




Brno - Czech Republic

September 4-8 - 2016

In-line monitoring of strain distribution using High Resolution X-ray Reciprocal Space Mapping into 20nm SiGe pMOS
Nagoya - Japan

June 7-11 - 2016
RX & matière

Caractérisation et contrôle industriel des contraintes locales en microélectronique par cartographie du réseau réciproque en diffraction X
Oral presentation
Grenoble - France

December 3 - 2015

Mapping of 7-nm-thick condensed Si1-xGex layer by Micro-Raman spectroscopy and Scanning X-Ray Diffraction Microscopy
Oral presentation
Grenoble - France

September-October 30-2 - 2015
IEEE Nano publication

Combining high-resolution X-ray reciprocal space mapping and dark-field electron holography for strain analysis in 20 nm pMOS structures
Aurele Durand · Victor Boureau · Delphine Le-Cunff · Axel Hourtane · Alain Claverie · Martin Hytch · Daniel Benoit · Denis Rouchon · Patrice Gergaud
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July 27-30 - 2015

Combining high-resolution X-ray reciprocal space mapping and dark-field electron holography analysis - for strain analysis in 20nm PMOS structures
Oral presentation
Rome - Italy

July 27-30 - 2015
GDRi Mecano

Composition and strain mapping of a 7-nm-thick condensed SiGe layer by Micro-Raman spectroscopy and Scanning X-Ray Diffraction Microscopy
Oral presentation
Grenoble - France

June 29-30 - 2015
EMRS publication

Micro-Raman spectroscopy as a complementary technique to high resolution X-ray diffraction for the characterization of Si 1-xGex thin layers
Aurèle Durand · Denis Rouchon · Delphine Le-Cunff · Patrice Gergaud
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Febrary 9 - 2015

µ-Raman spectroscopy as a complementary technique to HRXRD for the characterization of SiGe thin layers
Oral presentation
Lille - France

May 26-30 - 2014


INP Phelma: "Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble" (Grenoble Institute of technology)

2012-2013: Nano-technologies and Microelectronics
Courses of semestre 5
2011-2012: Physics and Nanosciences
Courses of semestre 4
Courses of semestre 3
2010-2011: Physics, Electronic and Telecoms
Courses of semestre 2
Courses of semestre 1

Lycée Jean Perrin: "Classe préparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles"

2009-2010: Physics and Chemistry
2008-2009: Physics, Chemistry and Industrial Sciences


Sometimes the softwares we are using in the scientific and industrial world do not suit perfectly our needs, so when I have the time I try to develop new softwares or enhance the one I have already created:

DeusX software

DeusX is a data processing, visualization and simulation python-based software that allows through a friendly user interface the manipulations of 1D/2D and 3D datasets. A specific and simple language (DX) implemented into the software allows to read/treat all kinds of unencrypted files, classified by their file extension (.csv, .txt, .xy, .dat, etc ...). This language also permits the manipulation of functions/datasets, the implementation of new algorithms, the modification of the user interfaces and the creation of macro files (for process automation) directly in the software. This last is designed for both expert and non-expert users. The users could get/create/share with ease new DX files and simply put them into a folder in order to add new features to the software without the need to modify the code. The experts could conveniently go into details as the software is designed through modules, such that the implementation of new algorithms/functions/simulation procedures could be easily achieved.

At first the software was designed for HRXRD processing/simulation, but it could be used for various techniques such as Raman spectroscopy, AFM, TEM, XRF and so force... For the moment the software is composed by a set of image processing, filtering functions and other features that HRXRD/Raman classic software does not contain. One of the interesting capabilities that contain the software is the ability to modify/add fit functions, save any data treatment step, automatically detects peaks, log actions, etc... It could also simulate HRXRD for nanometrics structures using FEM simulation or any strain field measurements has an input.

This software was built with the help of Axel Hourtane


Coming soon ...


Because its fun I am developing and maintaining some websites.

closure.24films.org: website associated to the movie Closure

www.aitap.com: website of the young researchers of CEA Grenoble association (Aitap)


Just for fun I am using electronic devices and expecially microcontrollers such as the Nucleo from STM, Raspberry Pi and the Arduino. I am using it to enhance my house with domotic, to build server, to do robotic and so force...

I will describe it soon ...


What is a good scientist for me ?

I do believe that a good scientist think in the long-term. For me this is the key point. He has to think about where and how his actions are going to end up in terms of achieving a goal that will ultimately help other people and himself in the long-term, not just fulfill his own personal short-term needs.

Do I question my work ?

Consistency and reproducibility are the pillars that hold science. So in this regards I do question my work over and over again.

What I do under pressure ?

I am sticking with my plans while staying logical and flexible. trying to manage my time better and better until I see the project through to the end.

How do I work when I am handling a new project ?

I would first work to understand the background of the problem and research. Of course I would check to see what has already been discovered before jumping in and making quick and erroneous conclusions. And at the same time, I would try to see the problem from different, untried perspectives.

What if things don't work ?

I would troubleshoot and try looking at things from different angles.

As a scientist, I am used to not getting straightforward results and would do what I have done in the past including trying different strategies and collaborating with different departments to come up with new hypotheses.


Want to know more about me ? Do not hesitate and send me an email.