Welcome to my website ! 

My name is Manuel Bibes, I was born in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (Gironde, France) in 1976 and I am a CNRS research scientist at the joint CNRS/Thales laboratory (UMR 137) in Palaiseau. I received my Ph.D. in 2001 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the INSA Toulouse after a joint Franco-Spanish thesis on manganite interfaces at the Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona [link to my PhD thesis]. As a post-doc researcher I then worked form two years on magnetic tunnel junctions in Albert Fert’s group at CNRS/Thales. 

In 2003, I became a CNRS permanent researcher and joined the Institute of Fundamental Electronics at the University Paris-Sud in 2003. Four years later, I returned to the CNRS/Thales lab to develop research lines on oxides for electronics and spintronics. In 2014, I was promoted to Directeur de Recherche (CNRS Senior Scientist)

My research concentrates on transition metal oxides, a family of materials displaying a very broad range of functionalities. In my early carreer, I focused on conducting magnetic oxides but I am now more interested in insulating oxides displaying ferroelectricity, magnetism, or both (multiferroics). I use very thin films of these materials as tunnel barriers in ferroic and multiferroic tunnel junctions that show giant electronic and spintronic effects. I also expore the new electronic phases that can appear at their interfaces within an ERC Consolidator grant "MINT".

You can email me at manuel[dot]bibes[at]thalesgroup[dot]com or mbibes[at]gmail[dot]com, follow me on twitter and check my papers at 


November 8, 2014 : 
If you are into oxide electronics, spintronics,  multiferroics, etc you might want to check the review papers that we have published this year on Ferroelectric tunnel junctions for information storage and processingMagnetoelectric devices for spintronics or BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films and devices

October 7, 2014 : 
Today we received our brand new PPMS Dynacool ! From 400 K down to 1.8 K, and a maximum magnetic field of 9 teslas, without liquid Helium. Excellent, fast temperature control. Very happy about this equipment so far.

May 7, 2014 : 
Linear electro-optical effect in multiferroic 
BiFeO3 thin filmsAfter 6 years struggling with experiments, data interpretation, simulations, referees and editors, our work on electro-optics in BiFeOis finally out in Phys. Rev. B. Slow science indeed...

January 26, 2014 :
Electric field control of magnetic order above room temperature : Our paper on the control of the magnetic state of FeRh films is out in Nature Materials. See also the news item at HZB and on the INP CNRS website

December 9, 2013 :
Very happy to be a laureate of an ERC Consolidator Grant. A new adventure in oxide electronics ! Check out the INP CNRS website for more details

May 26, 2013 :
Ferrite de bismuth, le solide surdoué : Great article on BiFeO3, the multitalented material in the French newspaper Le Monde

May 14, 2013 :
Giant electroresistance of super-tetragonal BiFeO3-based ferroelectric tunnel junctions : Our paper on ferroelectric memristors using BiFeO3-based tunnel junctions is now on line in ACS Nano.

April 28, 2013
Crafting the spintronic and magnonic reponse of BiFeO3 thin films by epitaxial strain : Our article has just been published in Nature Materials. See also the news item on Nanotechweb and the INP CNRS.

March, 18, 2013 :
Very honored to receive the 2013 EU40-Materials Prize, awarded by the European Materials Research Society for scientists under 40 ! I will receive the prize during the E-MRS Spring meeting in Strasbourg.


October 12-25, 2015 : International School of Oxide Electronics (ISOE2015) 
After ISOE2011 and ISOE2013, we are organizing the 2015 edition of this two-week School on Oxide Electronics. This is mainly for PhD students and post-docs, but more advanced researchers are also welcome. The list of invited lecturers is now complete. More information on the detailed program and how to register will soon be available.

September 2-14, 2013 : International School of Oxide Electronics (ISOE2013)
If you are a PhD student, a Post-doc or a young research interested by oxide materials, you should consider attending this School that will take place in Cargèse, France. The official deadline for application has passed but there are still a couple of places left.