Adel Mesbah

CNRS Research fellow


ICSM/LIME (Bât. 426)
Site de Marcoule
BP 17171
F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze Cedex
Tel: +33 4 66 79 52 12
Fax: +33 4 66 79 76 11
e-mail: adel.mesbah ad



2008Ph.D. in Physics and Chemistry of Materials (Henri Poincaré University, Nancy, France)
  1. Cristallochemistry of Metallic Carboxylates, Corrosion Inhibitors
  2. Structure and Magnetism of Transition Metals Dicarboxylates (terephthalate and thiophene)
2005Master of Science in Physics and Chemistry of Materials (Henri Poincaré University, Nancy, France)
2003Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Constantine University, Constantine, Algeria)


Research Experience and Interests

Since December 2012CNRS Research fellow (CR2) in inorganic chemistry at ICSM
Focused on the study of the chemical durability of the spent nuclear fuel and the conditioning matrices from the reprocessing to the final storage
  • Synthesized and characterized actinide (Th, U) silicate-, oxide-, and phosphate-based compounds,
  • Performed sintering and dissolution/leaching experiments.
November 2011 – December 2012Postdoctoral researcher in the Prof. Ibers Research Group (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Performed exploratory high-temperature solid-state synthesis of actinide chalcogenide materials,
  • Determined structures via single crystal X-ray diffraction,
  • Measured magnetic, optical, and electronic properties.
November 2010 – October 2011Researcher scientist at ICSM
  • Performed multi-parametric studies of the dissolution of lanthanide and actinide oxides
November 2008 – October 2010Research Engineer at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA, France)
  • Investigated 14C and 36Cl radionuclide immobilization in cement-based matrices


Key Skills in Inorganic Chemistry

  • Actinide based materials:
    Elaboration, sintering and chemical durability (dissolution) of oxides, silicates, phosphates and chalcogenides
  • Radioactive waste management:
    Conditioning in cementitious matrices, hydration, characterization, solid/solution interaction
  • Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF’s):
    Syntheses in aqueous solution "soft chemistry", structural and physical properties characterizations
  • Crystallography:
    Strong skills in powder and single-crystal diffraction (X-ray and neutron)



  • X-ray and neutron diffraction: powder and single crystal (ab initio resolution of nuclear and magnetic structures, anomalous diffraction (MAD), and phase quantification analyses through the Rietveld method)
  • Neutron and synchrotron facilities: ILL, ESRF, SLS
  • Magnetic measurements using a PPMS, thermal analysis TGA/TDA, DSC, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA), Mössbauer 57Fe spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ion chromatography, carbon organic total (COT-meter), ICP.



Selected publications:

A. Mesbah, E. Ringe, S. Lebègue, R. P. Van Duyne, and J. A. Ibers, Ba2An(S2)2S2 (An = U, Th): Syntheses, Structure, Optical and Electronic Properties, Inorg. Chem. 51, 13390 – 13395, 2012.

A. Mesbah, C. Cau-dit-coumes, G. Renaudin, F. Frizon and F. Leroux, Uptake of chloride and carbonate by calcium monosulfoaluminate hydrate, Cement. Concrete. Res. 42, 1157 – 1165, 2012.

D. T. Costin, A. Mesbah, N. Clavier, N. Dacheux, C. Poinssot, S. Szenknect and J. Ravaux, How to explain the experimental difficulties in the coffinite synthesis: hints from the study of Th1-xUxSiO4 uranothorite solid solutions, Inorg. Chem. 50, 11117 – 11126, 2011.

A. Mesbah, R. Sibille, T. Mazet, B. Malaman, S. Lebegue and M. François, Magnetism in the (Co1-xFex)2(OH)2(C8H4O4) solid solutions: a combined neutron diffraction and magnetic measurements study, J. Mater. Chem. 20, 9386 – 9391, 2010.