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Department of physical chemistry
University of Geneva - Sciences II
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
CH-1211 Geneva 4
tel. +41(0)22 3796715 (TU 16:30-17:00 + WE 9:30-10:00)
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Doctor Xavier Chillier obtained his PhD at the University of Geneva in 1994, for a research performed in the laboratory of mass spectrometry and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN, USA). Between 1995 and 1997, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, in the laboratory of R.N. Zare, then research associate at the Ames research center of the NASA (Moffett Field, CA) in 1997-1998. In 2000, he obtained his habilitation il obtient une Habilitation from the University Claude Bernard (Lyon I) and was qualified professor by the French Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale. In 2001, he was appointed as lecturer at the University of Geneva. Moreover, since 2003, he is the students counsellor of the Faculty of sciences.


His teaching activities are general chemistry for Earth science and archeology students. The selection of chapters taught include an introduction to quantum chemistry, chemical bonds, thermodynamics and kinetics aspects of the reactions and an introduction to the organic geochemistry.

Teaching timetable for the current year


The research of Doctor Chillier is focused on the development and applications of non equilibrium thermodynamics to investigate natural matrix as biological, geochemical or atmospheric systems. Experimentalist by education, he is now working on the theoretical aspects of the auto-catalysis, the self-assembly and the systems very far from equilibrium.


Course in chemistry for the students in Earth sciences and in archaeology.
Report on the adequation of the College syllabus to start studying at the Faculty of sciences.
Implementation of the Bologne reform at the Faculty of sciences.


G. Wannous, A.J. Bouvier., Z. El Helou, X. Chillier, S. Churassy, R. Bacis, A. Campague, G. Weinauch and R.H. Judge (2004).
Contribution to the Analysis of Predissociated Rovibronic Structure of the Symmetric Isotopomers 16O3 et 18O3 of Ozone, by High Resolution Absorption Spectroscopy near 10400 cm-1  3A2 (302) ← X1A1 (000) and 3B2 ← X1A1.
Spectrochim. Acta A, 60, 889-898.
M.S. Gudipati, J.P. Dworkin, X.D.F. Chillier and L.J. Allamandola (2003).
Luminescence from VUV Irradiated Cosmic Ice Analogs and Residues.
Astrophysical J., 583, 514-523.
X. Chillier, P. Boulet, H. Chermette, F. Salama and J. Weber (2001).
Benzo[g,h,i]perylene : an Experimental and Theoretical Approach of Absorption and Emission for Astrochemical Applications.
J. Chem. Phys., 115, 1769-1776.
R.P. Thorn Jr, W.A. Payne Jr, X.D.F. Chillier, L.J. Stief, F.L. Nesbitt and D.C. Ta (2000).
Rate Constant and RRKM Product Study for the Reaction Between CH3 and C2H3 at T = 298 K.
Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 32, 304-316.
D.S. McKay, E.K. Gibson Jr, K.L. Thomas-Keprta, H. Vali, C.S. Romanek, S.J. Clemett, X.D.F. Chillier, C.R. Maechling and R.N. Zare (1996).
Search for Life on Mars: Possible Relic Biogenic Activity in Martian Meteorite ALH84001.
Science, 273, 924-930.

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