Sebastian VOLZ

Directeur de recherche


  • Senior Research Fellow of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Head of the European Network ‘Thermal Nanosciences and Nanoengineering’ (CNRS)
  • Head of the Joint Team ‘Ecole Centrale Paris/Thales Research&Technology’
  • Head of the Thermal Nanosciences Group at Ecole Centrale Paris
  • Teaching at Ecole Centrale Paris


  • Thermal Nanosystems and Nanomaterials, S. Volz, ed., Topics in Applied Physics, Springer, 118, 2010
  • Microscale and Nanoscale Heat Transfer, S. Volz ed., Topics in Applied Physics, Springer, 107, 2007

Previous Activities

  • Senior Research Fellow of the CNRS at IIS-University of Tokyo (2008-10)
  • Research Fellow of the CNRS and Head of the CNRS Research Network for Micro and Nanoscale Heat Transfer (2000-08)
  • Associate Professor at ENSMA (french Grande Ecole, 1998-2000)
  • Postdoc UCLA, Mech. Eng. Dpt. (1997-98)


  • Full Professor Thesis (2004), Ph.D. ENSMA (1996)
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering ENSMA (1993)


  • Bronze Medal of the CNRS, 2004
  • International Thermoelectric Society 2009 Scientific Award


  • Chairman of Workshops Phonons and Fluctuations (Paris, 2010, 2011).
  • Chairman of the Workshop Phonon Engineering, Barcelona, May 2010.
  • Chairman of Spring School Thermal Nanosystems and Nanomaterials, May 2008.
  • Chairman of Symposium Nanoscale Heat Transport –MRS Spring Meeting 2007, April, San Francisco.
  • Chairman of the international workshop Nanoscale Energy Conversion, Nice 23-26 Sep. 2006.
  • Chairman of Winter School Micro and Nanoscale Heat Transfer, March 2004.

Recent publications

  • Among 154 publications including 9 chapters, 62 articles in peer reviewed journals, 18 invited conferences, 36 proceeding papers, 38 communications.
  • C. Bera, N. Mingo, and S. Volz, Marked Effects of Alloying on the Thermal Conductivity of Nanoporous Materials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 115502 (2010)
  • E. Rousseau, A. Siria, G. Jourdan, S. Volz, F. Comin, J. Chevrier and J.-J. Greffet, ‘Radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale, Nature Photonics, 3, 514, (2009)
  • M. Bozlar, D. He, J. Bai, Y. Chalopin, N. Mingo and S. Volz, Carbon Nanotube Microarchitectures for Enhanced Thermal Conduction at Ultralow Mass Fraction in Polymer Composites, Advanced Materials, 21, 1, (2009).
  • R.S. Prasher, X.J. Hu, Y. Chalopin, N. Mingo, K. Lofgreen, S. Volz, F. Cleri, P. Keblinski , ‘Turning Carbon Nanotubes from Exceptional Heat Conductors into Insulators’, Physical Review Letters, 102, 105901 (2009)
  • G. Domingues, S. Volz, K. Joulain and J.-J. Greffet, ‘Heat transfer between two nanoparticles through near-field interaction’, Physical Review Letters, 94, 085901 (2005).


  • Yann Chalopin, CNRS Research Fellow at Ecole Centrale Paris
  • Emmanuel Rousseau, CNRS Research Fellow GES Montpellier
  • Pierre-Olivier Chapuis, CNRS Research Fellow, CETHIL Lyon
  • Stephane Lefevre, Professor at INSA de Lyon
  • Gilberto Domingues, Professor at Ecole Polytechnique de Nantes
  • Kevin Montagne, Professor at University of Tokyo
  • Ali Rajabpour, Professor in Iran
  • Majid Rashidi-Huyeh, Professor in Iran
  • Patrick Ginet, Research Engineer Air Liquide
  • Christophe Audouze, Research Engineer SUPELEC
  • Michael Bozlar, Postdoc at Princeton
  • Chandan Bera, Postdoc at KAIST (Korea)
  • Radha Krishnan Venkatesh, Postdoc at Technical University of Denmark

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