Faculté des Sciences
Département de physique
Physique des matériaux et nanostructures
Complex and Entangled Systems from Atoms to Materials (CESAM)

ULiège address
Bât. B5A Physique des solides, interfaces et nanostructures
Quartier Agora
allée du six Août 19
4000 Liège 1
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3669017
ULiège Fax
+32 4 3663629
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
Personal website (s)
Nanomat group web site


I studied Physics Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH), graduating in the class of 2000 . I theeCn undertook a PhD at the Catholic University of Louvain la Neuve, under the supervision of Xavier Gonze and Jean-Christophe Charlier. I continued as a Marie Curie IEF with Rex Godby at the University of York (UK), and a post-doc fellow and FNRS Chargé de Recherches with Angel Rubio at the University of the Basque Country (ES). In 2009 I was appointed Chargé de Cours at ttahe University of Liege, then Professor in 2017. In 2011 I spent 3 months as a Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari in Italy, in 2016 was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2017 Fellow of the Young Academy of Europe. I have been a Research Team Leader of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility since $2009,$ and Chairman of its Scientific Steering Committee since 2012 .

My research revolves around the coupling of electrons and vibrations (phonons) in matter, and its consequences for transport, spectroscopy, or phase transitions. A major application is the development of materials for Thermoelectricity, converting heat into electrical current through the Seebeck effect. More generally I explore all forms of heat, charge, and spin transport in condensed matter systems, both bulk 30 (PbTe, SnSe, oxides, III-V and II-VI semiconductors, as well as metals) and nanostructured 1 D (nanowires and nanotubes) and $2 D$ materials (graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides...). I also have an interest in real time electron and ion dynamics, e.g. for molecules in very fast laser pulses. My aim is two-fold: to attain a quantitative description of materials properties, including defects, finite temperature, and a realistic environment; and to expand our understanding of complex and counterintuitive physical phenomena in condensed matter, discovering new interactions and explaining their microscopic mechanisms.

Research field

  • Physique de l'état condensé [struct., électronique, ...]
  • Physique de l'état condensé [struct., propr. thermiques, ...]
  • Spectroscopie [électromagnétisme, optique, acoustique]

ULiège Course

Laboratoire de programmation mathématique et physique 1, 40h Pr, BOIGELOT Bernard, CHARLIER Emilie, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Laboratoire de programmation mathématique et physique 2, 40h Pr, CHARLIER Emilie, CORNÉLUSSE Bertrand, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Introduction à la physique de la matière condensée, 26h Th, 26h Pr, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Structure et symétrie, 30h Th, 20h Pr, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Spectroscopy of materials, 20h Th, 10h Pr, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Quantum modelling of materials properties, 20h Th, 10h Pr, GHOSEZ Philippe, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Eléments de physique : mécanique, 15h Th, 10h Pr, VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Eléments de physique : électromagnétisme, 15h Th, 20h Pr, 10h Labo., VERSTRAETE Matthieu

Physique III, 42h Th, 18h Pr, SERET Alain, VERSTRAETE Matthieu