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Laure Biniek

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Laure Biniek works at Institut Charles Sadron in Strasbourg (France), as CNRS researcher (since 2014).  She is  a member of STELORG, the electronic organic consortium located in Strasbourg, ITI HiFunMat  and GFP Section Est.

At ICS, she holds the role of sustainable development referent to study the environmental impact of the Institute and facilitate the implementation of GHG reduction trajectories. The approach is supported by Labos 1point5.

Her research interest focuses on structure-property correlations for organic electronic applications. She is currently developping new conducting polymer porous structure for thermoelectrics. She has also experience in polymer synthesis and structure and morphology control of (semi)-conducting polymers in thin films. At ICS, she gained expertise in multi-scale and correlative structural analyses through (cryo)-Electron microscopy  and X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques.

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Habilitation, “Macromolecular and structural engineering of pi-conjugated materials for organic electronics” at Strasbourg University
2010 PhD Thesis, "Low-band gap semi-conducting polymers for photovoltaics" with Prof. T.Heiser and G. Hadziioannou at Strasbourg
Master Diploma in polymer material science, Lyon University
2005 Bachelor in Chemistry, Lyon University


Associate editor in Frontiers in Electronic Materials.


Abstract: What if body heat could power wearable devices, medical monitors and watches with ultralight, cheap and flexible thermoelectric devices? BODYTEG project aims at taking advantage of the very low thermal conductivity of aerogels made of highly conducting polymers to elaborate new thermoelectric generators. On this basis, BODYTEG has accordingly four main objectives: i) producing both p- and n-type conductive polymer aerogels (CPAs) with controlled morphology, ii) taking benefit of the porous network to decrease the thermal conductivity of the CPAs, iii) maintaining good mechanical and electrical properties of the aerogel, iv) correlate the structure of the CPAs with their electrical and thermal properties. Ultimately this 42 months project aims to thermoelectric devices with a figure of merit larger by at least one order of magnitude than the present state of the art. Their performances should allow them to power the wearable sensors used in outdoor activities or in medical diagnostic.




S. Vijay Thakkar, T. Nabiyeva, Q. Weinbach, H. Bhatia, Z. Liu, T. Ferté, C. Leuvrey, A. Carvalho, B. C. Schroeder, L. Biniek,
N-type thermoelectric bulk composite based on poly(nickel-ethylenetetrathiolate): The positive effect of porosity on decreasing thermal conductivity,
Polymer, 2024, Volume 296, 126761.

S. Suresh, T. Nabiyeva, L. Biniek*, and E. B. Gowd,* Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Aerogels with α, β, and γ Crystalline Forms: Correlating Physicochemical Properties with Polymorphic Structures,  ACS Polym. Au 2024.


Q. Weinbach, N. Hmili, E. Gottis, G. Fleith, J. Combet, V. Papaefthimiou, V. Malesys, E. Denys, L. Simon, M. Schmutz, A. Carvalho, D.Constantin, L.Biniek, Tailoring the 3D porous structure of conducting PEDOT : PSS gels via ice-templating, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2023, 11, 7802 - 7816


Our first proof  of concept on promising thermoelectric efficiency with a porous conducting polymer has been published!

Efficient Control of a Mesoporous Fibrillar PEDOT:PSS Aerogel Structure for Promising Thermoelectric Applications, Q. Weinbach, S. V. Thakkar, A. Carvalho, J. Combet, D. Constantin, N. Stein , D. Collin, L. Biniek, *Efficient Control of a Mesoporous Fibrillar PEDOT:PSS Aerogel Structure for Promising Thermoelectric Applications, Front. Electron. Mater. 2022, 2:875856.


Weinbach, Q.; Hmili, N.; Gottis, E.; Fleith, G.; Combet, J.; Papaefthimiou, V.; Malesys, V.; Denys, E.; Simon, L.; Schmutz, M.; Carvalho, A.; Constantin, D.; Biniek, L. (2023), Tailoring the 3D porous structure of conducting PEDOT:PSS gels _via_ ice-templating,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,11(23) : 7802-7816 link


Weinbach, Q.; Nielsen, C.B.; Biniek, L. (2021), Multi length scale porosity as a playground for organic thermoelectric applications,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,9(32) : 10173-10192 link

Degousee, T.; Untilova, V.; Vijayakumar, V.; Xu, X.; Sun, Y.; Palma, M.; Brinkmann, M.; Biniek, L.; Fenwick, O. (2021), High thermal conductivity states and enhanced figure of merit in aligned polymer thermoelectric materials,Journal Of Materials Chemistry A,9(29) : 16065-16075 link

Rivalta, A.; Albonetti, C.; Biancone, D.; Della Ciana, M.; D’Agostino, S.; Biniek, L.; Brinkmann, M.; Giunchi, A.; Salzillo, T.; Brillante, A.; Della Valle, R.G.; Venuti, E. (2021), Growth, morphology and molecular orientation of controlled Indigo thin films on silica surfaces,Surfaces And Interfaces,24() : link


Untilova, V.; Biskup, T.; Biniek, L.; Vijayakumar, V.; Brinkmann, M. (2020), Control of Chain Alignment and Crystallization Helps Enhance Charge Conductivities and Thermoelectric Power Factors in Sequentially Doped P3HT:F-4 TCNQ Films,Macromolecules,53(7) : 2441-2453 link

Untilova, V.; Hynynen, J.; Hofmann, I.A.; Scheunemann, D.; Zhang, Y.; Barlow, S.; Kemerink, M.; Marder, S.R.; Biniek, L.; Mueller, C.; Brinkmann, M. (2020), High Thermoelectric Power Factor of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) through In-Plane Alignment and Doping with a Molybdenum Dithiolene Complex,Macromolecules,53(15) : 6314-6321 link


Untilova, V.; Nuebling, F.; Biniek, L.; Sommer, M.; Brinkmann, M. (2019), Impact of Competing Crystallization Processes on the Structure of All-Conjugated Donor-Acceptor Block Copolymers P3HT-b-PNDIT2 in Highly Oriented Thin Films,Acs Applied Polymer Materials,1(7) : 1660-1671 link

Vijayakumar, V.; Zhong, Y.; Untilova, V.; Bahri, M.; Herrmann, L.; Biniek, L.; Leclerc, N.; Brinkmann, M. (2019), Bringing Conducting Polymers to High Order: Toward Conductivities beyond 10(5) S cm(-1) and Thermoelectric Power Factors of 2 mW m(-1) K-2,Advanced Energy Materials,9(24) : link

Gross, Y.M.; Trefz, D.; Dingler, C.; Bauer, D.; Vijayakumar, V.; Untilova, V.; Biniek, L.; Brinkmann, M.; Ludwigs, S. (2019), From Isotropic to Anisotropic Conductivities in P(NDI2OD-T-2) by (Electro-)Chemical Doping Strategies,Chemistry Of Materials,31(9) : 3542-3555 link

Vijayakumar, V.; Zaborova, E.; Biniek, L.; Zeng, H.; Herrmann, L.; Carvalho, A.; Boyron, O.; Leclerc, N.; Brinkmann, M. (2019), Effect of Alkyl Side Chain Length on Doping Kinetics, Thermopower, and Charge Transport Properties in Highly Oriented F(4)TCNQ-Doped PBTTT Films,Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces,11(5) : 4942-4953 link

Diebold, M.; Christ, E.; Biniek, L.; Karmazin, L.; Heinrich, B.; Contal, C.; Ghosh, S.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M. (2019), Original polymorphism in a naphthalene bisimide pi-conjugated organogelator: a complex interplay between hydrogen bonding and heterocycle pi-stacking,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,7(42) : 13120-13129 link


Biniek, L.; Hamidi-Sakr, A.; Grodd, L.; Escoubas, S.; Dappe, Y.J.; Grigorian, S.; Schmutz, M.; Brinkmann, M. (2018), Structure and Charge Transport Anisotropy of Polythieno-[3,4-b]-Thiophene-co-Benzodithiophene (PTB7) Oriented by High-Temperature Rubbing,Advanced Electronic Materials,4(10, Si) : link

Genevaz, N.; Chavez, P.; Untilova, V.; Boeglin, A.; Bailly, C.; Karmazin, L.; Biniek, L. (2018), Tuning crystallochromism in diketopyrrolopyrrole-co-thieno[3,2-b]thiophene derivatives by the architecture of their alkyl side chains,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,6(34) : 9140-9151 link

Zhong, Y.; Biniek, L.; Leclerc, N.; Ferry, S.; Brinkmann, M. (2018), Segregated versus Disordered Stacking in Two Low Bandgap Alternated Copolymers for Photovoltaic Applications: Impact of Polymorphism on Optical Properties,Macromolecules,51(11) : 4238-4249 link


Sarbu, A.; Hermet, P.; Maurin, D.; Djurado, D.; Biniek, L.; Diebold, M.; Bantignies, J.-L.; Mesini, P.; Brinkmann, M. (2017), Supramolecular organization of a H-bonded perylene bisimide organogelator determined by transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and polarized infra-red spectroscopy,Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,19(48) : 32514-32525 link

Hamidi-Sakr, A.; Biniek, L.; Bantignies, J.-L.; Maurin, D.; Herrmann, L.; Leclerc, N.; Leveque, P.; Vijayakumar, V.; Zimmermann, N.; Brinkmann, M. (2017), A Versatile Method to Fabricate Highly In-Plane Aligned Conducting Polymer Films with Anisotropic Charge Transport and Thermoelectric Properties: The Key Role of Alkyl Side Chain Layers on the Doping Mechanism,Advanced Functional Materials,27(25) : link

Rolland, D.; Brauer, J.C.; Hartmann, L.; Biniek, L.; Brinkmann, M.; Banerji, N.; Frauenrath, H. (2017), Charge separation in an acceptor-donor-acceptor triad material with a lamellar structure,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,5(6) : 1383-1393 link

Raj, G.; Boulaoued, A.; Lacava, J.; Biniek, L.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M.; Faure-Vincent, J.; Guenet, J.-M. (2017), Insulated Molecular Wires: Sheathing Semiconducting Polymers with Organic Nanotubes through Heterogeneous Nucleation,Advanced Electronic Materials,3(1) : link


Grevin, B.; Schwartz, P.-O.; Biniek, L.; Brinkmann, M.; Leclerc, N.; Zaborova, E.; Mery, S. (2016), High-resolution noncontact AFM and Kelvin probe force microscopy investigations of self-assembled photovoltaic donor-acceptor dyads,Beilstein Journal Of Nanotechnology,7() : 799-808 link

Hamidi-Sakr, A.; Schiefer, D.; Covindarassou, S.; Biniek, L.; Sommer, M.; Brinkmann, M. (2016), Highly Oriented and Crystalline Films of a Phenyl-Substituted Polythiophene Prepared by Epitaxy: Structural Model and Influence of Molecular Weight,Macromolecules,49(9) : 3452-3462 link

Hamidi-Sakr, A.; Biniek, L.; Fall, S.; Brinkmann, M. (2016), Precise Control of Lamellar Thickness in Highly Oriented Regioregular Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Thin Films Prepared by High-Temperature Rubbing: Correlations with Optical Properties and Charge Transport,Advanced Functional Materials,26(3) : 408-420 link

Fall, S.; Biniek, L.; Odarchenko, Y.; Anokhin, D.V.; de Tournadre, G.; Leveque, P.; Leclerc, N.; Ivanov, D.A.; Simonetti, O.; Giraudet, L.; Heiser, T. (2016), Tailoring the microstructure and charge transport in conjugated polymers by alkyl side-chain engineering,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,4(2) : 286-294 link

Biniek, L.; Nielsen, C.B. (2016), Organic Photovoltaics: More than Ever, an Interdisciplinary Field,Polymers,8(3) : link


Sarbu, A.; Biniek, L.; Guenet, J.-M.; Mesini, P.J.; Brinkmann, M. (2015), Reversible J- to H-aggregate transformation in thin films of a perylenebisimide organogelator,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,3(6) : 1235-1242 link

Biniek, L.; Schwartz, P.-O.; Zaborova, E.; Heinrich, B.; Leclerc, N.; Mery, S.; Brinkman, M. (2015), Zipper-like molecular packing of donor-acceptor conjugated co-oligomers based on perylenediimide,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,3(14) : 3342-3349 link


Biniek, L.; Pouget, S.; Djurado, D.; Gonthier, E.; Tremel, K.; Kayunkid, N.; Zaborova, E.; Crespo-Monteiro, N.; Boyron, O.; Leclerc, N.; Ludwigs, S.; Brinkmann, M. (2014), High-Temperature Rubbing: A Versatile Method to Align pi-Conjugated Polymers without Alignment Substrate,Macromolecules,47(12) : 3871-3879 link

Schwartz, P.-O.; Biniek, L.; Zaborova, E.; Heinrich, B.; Brinkrnann, M.; Leclerc, N.; Mery, S. (2014), Perylenediimide-Based Donor-Acceptor Dyads and Triads: Impact of Molecular Architecture on Self-Assembling Properties,Journal Of The American Chemical Society,136(16) : 5981-5992 link

Combe, C.M.S.; Biniek, L.; Schroeder, B.C.; McCulloch, I. (2014), Synthesis of [1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene pendant and norbornene random co-polymers via ring opening metathesis,Journal Of Materials Chemistry C,2(3) : 538-541 link

Beatrup, D.; Wade, J.; Biniek, L.; Bronstein, H.; Hurhangee, M.; Kim, J.-S.; McCulloch, I.; Durrant, J.R. (2014), Polaron stability in semiconducting polymer neat films,Chemical Communications,50(92) : 14425-14428 link


Biniek, L.; Leclerc, N.; Heiser, T.; Bechara, R.; Brinkmann, M. (2013), Large Scale Alignment and Charge Transport Anisotropy of pBTTT Films Oriented by High Temperature Rubbing,Macromolecules,46(10) : 4014-4023 link

Biniek, L.; Schroeder, B.C.; Donaghey, J.E.; Yaacobi-Gross, N.; Ashraf, R.S.; Soon, Y.W.; Nielsen, C.B.; Durrant, J.R.; Anthopoulos, T.D.; McCulloch, I. (2013), New Fused Bis-Thienobenzothienothiophene Copolymers and Their Use in Organic Solar Cells and Transistors,Macromolecules,46(3) : 727-735 link