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Henni Ouerdane

Leading Research Scientist
Center for Energy Systems

Henni’s postgraduate education is in theoretical physics, with a Master’s degree in statistical physics (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France, 1997) and a PhD in physics (Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2002), focused on the modeling of ultrafast pump-and-probe experiments with spin-selective excitation in semiconductor quantum wells, and on two-dimensional scattering theory to study photon emission via exciton recombination.

He now has a research experience of over fourteen years at postdoctoral level in four countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Russia. His works fall within the broad category of theory and numerical modeling of condensed matter and dilute systems, mostly addressing problems pertaining to coupled transport theory, scattering theory of excitons and of ultra-cold atoms, and light-matter interactions.

In the recent years, he developed a strong interest for energy-related problems and theories of irreversible thermodynamics, with a particular focus on thermoelectric systems. His experience in research thus covers different fields of theoretical physics that have a close relation to experimental activities. Many of his works were performed as part of international collaborations with theoreticians and experimentalists, and more recently with industrial partners, including EDF, a major French electric utility company.

As of now (early 2017), he is principal and key co-author of 54 research publications on a wide range of topics in the physical sciences. Some of his recent works were highlighted by journals and in the Europhysics News. He is also an active referee for several major international peer-reviewed physics journals, and he served as a referee for the French National Research Agency for the Physics Committee to evaluate the progress of the funded projects of the 2009 programme “Theoretical Spectroscopy and Radiation-Matter Interactions”, and for the Sustainable Electricity Production and Management programme of 2012.

Henni has a significant experience of teaching in higher education systems, primarily as a first-year tutor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, during his PhD studies, and as a temporary lecturer at the University of Caen, France (2004-2006) covering a wide range of topics of the physics curriculum essentially at undergraduate level. He also taught and personally supervised students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels while he was employed as a senior research associate (in 2007 and in 2011-2014). Moreover, he was actively involved in the daily supervision of one PhD student (2011-2013) and one junior postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013).

To complement his education and gain valuable and useful transferable new professional skills, Henni undertook a one-year training and gained a first-class postgraduate Master’s of Art (Université de Caen, France, 2016) to qualify as a European project manager.

At Skoltech Henni has joined Prof. Aldo Bischi‘s group to work on the project “Integration and control of heat and power systems with variable loads” led by Prof. Aldo Bischi (Skoltech) and Prof. Konstantin Turitsyn (MIT). This project is funded by the Next Generation SkT-MIT programme.

Current project: Integration and control of heat and power systems with variable loads, funded by the Next Generation SkT-MIT programme.

Publications as of January 2017

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** Original articles listed by topics **
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Thermodynamics

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, E. Herbert, G. Benenti, Y. D’Angelo, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Closed-loop approach to thermodynamics”.
Physical Review E vol. 94, 032136 (2016) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.032136

G. Benenti, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“The thermoelectric working fluid: Thermodynamics and transport”.
Invited contribution to the Topical issue Mesoscopic Thermoelectric Phenomena of
Comptes Rendus de Physique vol. 17, 1072 (2016) — doi: 10.1016/j.crhy.2016.08.004

H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Continuity and boundary conditions in thermodynamics: From Carnot’s efficiency to efficiencies at maximum power”.
Invited article to the Discussion and Debate The Carnot Principle Revisited: Towards New Extensions?
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 839 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02431-x

J. M. R. Parrondo and H. Ouerdane
“Debate. Continuity and boundary conditions in thermodynamics: From Carnot’s efficiency to efficiencies at maximum power”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 862 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02431-x

H. Ouerdane, J. M. R. Parrondo, L. Granger, and L. S. Schulman
“Debate. Maxwell demons in phase space”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 876 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02432-9

H. Ouerdane and H. Qian
“Debate. Thermodynamics of the general diffusion process: Equilibrium supercurrent and nonequilibrium driven circulation with dissipation”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 797 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02427-6

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Revisiting Feynman’s ratchet with thermoelectric transport theory”.
Physical Review E vol. 90, 012113 (2014) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.012113

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, A. Michot, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“On the efficiency at maximum cooling power”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 103, 40001 (2013) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/103/40001

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph, Lecoeur
“From local force-flux relationships to internal dissipations and their impact on heat engine performance: The illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator”.
Physical Review E vol. 88, 022137 (2013) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.022137

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
Reply to the Comment on “Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 101, 68008 (2013) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/101/68008

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Efficiency at maximum power of thermally coupled heat engines”.
Physical Review E vol. 85, 041144 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.041144

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Irreversibilities and efficiency at maximum power of heat engines: The illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator”.
Physical Review E vol. 85, 031116 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.031116

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
* Selected as part of EPL’s Highlights of 2012 (Interdisciplinary topics) *
Europhysics Letters vol. 97, 28001 (2012) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/28001

 

Condensed matter physics

A. Abbout, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“Statistical analysis of the figure of merit of a two-level thermelectric system: A random matrix approach”.
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan vol. 85, 094704 (2016) — doi: 10.7566/JSPJ.85.094704

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“A note on the electrochemical nature of thermoelectric power”.
The European Physical Journal Plus vol. 131, 76 (2016) — doi: 10.1140/epjp/i2016-16076-8

* See the highlight on EPJ’s portal Back to basics with thermoelectric power *

* See also the highlight in the issue 3 of the volume 47 of Europhysics news *

H. Ouerdane, A. A. Varlamov, A. V. Kavokin, C. Goupil, and C. B. Vining
“Enhanced thermoelectric coupling near electronic phase transition: the role of fluctuation Cooper pairs”.
Physical Review B vol. 91, 100501(R) (2015) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.100501

H. Rotella, O. Copie, G. Mouillard-Stéciuk, H. Ouerdane, P. Boullay, P. Roussel, M. Morales, A. David,
A. Pautrat, B. Mercey, L. Lutterotti, D. Chateigner, and W. Prellier
“Structural analysis of strained LaVO3 thin films”.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter vol. 27, 175001 (2015) — doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/27/17/175001

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Equivalent parameters for series thermoelectrics”.
Energy Conversion and Management vol. 93, 160 (2015) — doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2014.12.077

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Influence of thermal environment on optimal working conditions of thermoelectric generators”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 116, 144901 (2014) — doi: 10.1063/1.4897350

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
Comment on “Effective thermal conductivity in thermoelectric materials”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 115, 126101 (2014) — doi: 10.1063/1.4869138

A. Abbout, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“Mesoscopic thermoelectric transport near zero transmission energies”.
Physical Review B vol. 87, 155410 (2013) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.155410

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Thermoelectric internal current loops inside inhomogeneous systems”.
Physical Review B vol. 85, 033201 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.033201

H. Ouerdane
“Analytic model of effective screened Coulomb interactions in a multilayer system”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 110, 074905 (2011) — doi: 10.1063/1.3646482

P. Bogdanski and H. Ouerdane
“Coulomb singularities in scattering wave functions of spin-orbit-coupled states”.
Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 52, 073515 (2011) — doi: 10.1063/1.3610667

M. M. Glazov, H. Ouerdane, L. Pilozzi, A. Kavokin, G. Malpuech, and A. D’Andrea
“Polariton-polariton scattering in microcavities: A microscopic theory”.
Physical Review B vol. 80, 155306 (2009) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.155306

H. Ouerdane, R. Varache, I. Galbraith, and M.E. Portnoi
“Photon emission induced by elastic exciton-carrier scattering in semiconductor quantum-wells”.
The European Physical Journal B vol. 65, 195 (2008) — doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2008-00355-x

R. Frésard, H. Ouerdane, and T. Kopp
“Barnes slave-boson approach to the two-site single-impurity Anderson model with non-local interaction”.
Europhysics Letters, vol. 82, 31001 (2008) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/31001

D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, and G. Malpuech
“Kinetic phase diagrams of GaN-based polariton lasers”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 103, 016101 (2008) — doi: 10.1063/1.2822148

D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, M. Glazov, I. Shelykh, and G. Malpuech
“Bose glass and superfluid phase transitions of exciton-polaritons in GaN microcavities”.
Solid State Communications vol. 144, 390 (2007) — doi: 10.1016/j.ssc.2007.07.046

R. Frésard, H. Ouerdane, and T. Kopp
“Slave bosons in radial gauge: a bridge between path integral and Hamiltonian language”.
Nuclear Physics B vol. 785, 286 (2007) — doi: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2007.05.025

G. Malpuech, D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, M. Glazov, and I. Shelykh
“Bose glass and superfluid phases of cavity polaritons”.
Physical Review Letters vol. 98, 206402 (2007) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.206402

P. Bogdanski and H. Ouerdane
“Scattering states of coupled valence-band holes in point defect potential derived from variable phase theory”.
Physical Review B vol. 74, 085210 (2006) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.085210

S. Fahy, A. Lindsay, H. Ouerdane, and E. P. O’Reilly
“Alloy scattering of n-type carriers in GaN_xAs_1-x”.
Physical Review B vol. 74, 035203 (2006) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.035203

H. Ouerdane, G. Papageorgiou, I. Galbraith, A.K. Kar, and B.S. Wherrett
“Ultrafast pump-probe dynamics in ZnSe-based semiconductor quantum-wells”.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B vol. 19, 2022 (2002) — doi: 10.1364/JOSAB.19.002022

 

Atomic physics

M. J. Jamieson and H. Ouerdane
“Parameters for cold collisions of lithium and caesium atoms”.
Chinese Physics Letters vol. 28 , 060308 (2011) — doi: 10.1088/0256-307X/28/06/060308

M. J. Jamieson and H. Ouerdane
“Error cancellation in the semiclassical calculation of the scattering length”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 61, 373 (2011) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2010-10498-x

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
Comment on “Scattering length for fermionic alkali atoms”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 57, 325 (2010) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2010-00064-1

M. J. Jamieson, A. S.-C. Cheung, and H. Ouerdane
“Dependence of the scattering length for hydrogen atoms on effective mass”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 56, 181 (2010) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2009-00280-8

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“S-wave and p-wave scattering in a cold gas of Na and Rb atoms”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 53, 27 (2009) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2009-00042-8

M. J. Jamieson, A. S.-C. Cheung, H. Ouerdane, G.-H. Jeung, and N. Geum
“S-wave scattering lengths and effective ranges for collisions of ground state Be atoms”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 40, 3497 (2007) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/40/17/016

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“A note on the calculation of the effective range”
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 37, 3765 (2004) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/37/18/016

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“Scattering parameters for cold Li-Rb and Na-Rb collisions derived from variable phase theory”.
Physical Review A vol. 70, 022712 (2004) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.70.022712

H. Ouerdane, M. J. Jamieson, D. Vrinceanu, and M. J. Cavagnero
“The variable phase method used to calculate and correct scattering lengths”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 36, 4055 (2003) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/19/013

M.J. Jamieson, H. Sarbazi-Azad, H.Ouerdane, G.-H. Jeung, Y. S. Lee, and W. C. Lee
“Elastic scattering of cold rubidium and caesium atoms”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 36, 1085 (2003) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/6/301

 

Physical chemistry

H. Ouerdane, B. Gervais, H. Zhou, M. Beuve, and J.-Ph. Renault
Radiolysis of water confined in porous silica: a simulation study of the physico-chemical yields”.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Surfaces, Interfaces, Catalysis vol. 114, 12667 (2010) — doi: 10.1021/jp103127j

 

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** Conference proceedings **
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J. G. Stockholm, C. Goupil, P. Maussion, and H. Ouerdane
“Transient thermoelectric generator: An active load story”.
Journal of Electronic Materials vol. 44, 1768 (2015) — doi: 10.1007/s11664-014-3545-z

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Internal convection in thermoelectric generator models”.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 395, 012203 (2012) — doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/395/1/012103

L. Pilozzi, M. M. Glazov, H. Ouerdane, G. Malpuech, A. Kavokin, and A. D’Andrea
“Spin-dependent polariton-polariton scattering in planar microcavities”.
Superlattices and Microstructures, vol. 47, 1 (2010) — doi: 10.1016/j.spmi.2009.07.028

 

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** Book chapters **
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A. Vargas Almeida, M. A. Olivares-Robles, and H. Ouerdane
“Performance Analysis of Composite Thermoelectric Generators” — doi: 10.5772/66143
Thermoelectrics for Power Generation – A Look at Trends in the Technology, pp. 511-539.
Sergey Skipidarov and Mikhail Nikitin, Editors (InTech, 2016) — Print ISBN: 9789535128458 — Online ISBN: 9789535128465

K. Zabrocki, C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, E. Mьller, and W. Seifert
“Segmented Devices and Networking of TE Elements” — doi: 10.1002/9783527338405.ch3
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 157-176.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

K. Zabrocki, C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, W. Seifert, and E. Mьller
“Continuum Theory of TE Elements” — doi: 10.1002/978352733840.ch2
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 75-156.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, K. Zabrocki, W. Seifert, N. F. Hinsche, and E. Mьller
“Thermodynamics and Thermoelectricity” — doi: 10.1002/9783527338405.ch1
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 1-74.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, C. Goupil, A. Michot, and A. Abbout
“A linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach to optimization of thermoelectric devices”.
Invited chapter in Thermoelectric Nanomaterials, K. Koumoto et T. Mori Editors.
Springer Series in Materials Science, vol. 182, pp. 323-351 (2013) — ISBN 978-3-642-37536-1
doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-37537-8_14

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, et Y. Apertet
“Thermoélectricité: thermodynamique et applications”.
Invited contribution to:
Techniques de l’Ingénieur, BE8080 (2013).
Link to the document: BE8080

* Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (2002)

* Master’s of Art in European project management, Université de Caen, France, (2016)

* Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Statistical Physics with a major in disordered systems, Université de Cergy-Pontoise (1997)

* Master of Physics with a major in nuclear physics, Université de Caen, France, (1996)

Research interests: condensed matter physics; classical, irreversible, finite-time, quantum, and statistical thermodynamics; scattering theory: ultra-cold atoms, carriers in solid-state systems; applied physics: energy systems.

Past scientific projects:

* Thermodynamics of thermoelectricity near phase transitions (Russian Quantum Center; 2014)

* Thermoelectricity and finite-time thermodynamics: optimization of the working conditions of thermogenerators and refrigerators as part of two industrial projects (CNRT Matériaux, CRISMAT laboratory — CNRS;  LIED laboratory — Université Paris Diderot, RQC; 2011 — 2016)

* Physical chemistry of water under irradiation (CIMAP laboratory — CNRS; 2008 — 2010)

* Physics of microcavity exciton-polaritons: phase diagrams, and scattering theory of composite bosons (LASMEA; 2006–2008)

*  Theory of strongly correlated electron systems: functional integral approach to the single impurity Anderson model with a slave boson formalism (CRISMAT laboratory; 2004 — 2006)

* Influence of alloy disorder on electron mobility in dilute nitrides semiconductors (Tyndall National Institute; 2004)

* Collisions of ultra-cold alkali and hydrogen atoms: development of numerical methods for the computation of low-energy scattering data (University of Glasgow; 2002 — 2003)

* Optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells: numerical modeling of ultrafast pump-and-probe experiments with spin-selective excitation in II-VI semiconductor quantum wells, and electron-exciton scattering in 2D electron-hole plasmas using the variable phase method (Heriot-Watt University; 1998 — 2001)

 

Other (non-scientific) projects:

* L’euro concurrent du dollar? (The euro, a contender of the US dollar? ) — Master’s project in economy, with Léa Minier, 24 pages + appendices (Université de Caen; 2016).

* Conditions de réussite d’un projet issu des SHS à un appel à projets Horizon 2020 (Conditions for success of a social sciences & humanities (SSH) project in a Horizon 2020 call) — Master’s project in European project management, with Héloïse Blandin, Joséphine Rosès, Jean Baptiste Morin and Marie-Laure Lacides, 48 pages + appendices (Université de Caen; 2016).

Indicators of esteem 

* Visiting position

* Institutional responsibilities

* Commissions of trust

  • Referee for 14 peer reviewed international physics journals, including the Physical Review Letters, the Physical Review A, B, E, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, The European Physical Journal B, Journal of Luminescence, The Central European Journal of Physics, Optical and Quantum Electronics, Entropy, Energy Conversion and Management, Physica A.
  • Expert referee for the French National Research Agency, for the PROGELEC (Production Renouvelable et Gestion de l’Electricité  / Sustainable Electricity Production and Management) programme of 2012, Paris, France (04/2012 – 05/2012).
  • Referee for the Physics Committee (Comité Scientifique Disciplinaire – CSD 4 – Physique) of the French National Research Agency to evaluate the progress of the funded projects of the 2009 programme “Theoretical Spectroscopy and Radiation-Matter Interactions”, Paris, France (10/04/2012).

* Memberships of scientific societies

* Merit-based Scholarship

* Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“A note on the electrochemical nature of thermoelectric power”.
The European Physical Journal Plus vol. 131, 76 (2016) — doi: 10.1140/epjp/i2016-16076-8

 

* Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 97, 28001 (2012) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/28001