Marco Minissale

I am an experimental physicist, currently working at the PIIM (Physique des Interaction Ioniques et Moleculaire) laboratory as CNRS researcher (CRCN). After graduating in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Catania (Italy), I started my PhD thesis (2012-2014) at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (Val d’Oise, France) and LERMA laboratory in solid-state astrochemistry. I pursued my research activities with a postdoc in high-resolution infrared spectroscopy for atmospheric application at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France). Since the end of 2015, I moved to the Marseille area (France) to initially work on nuclear fusion related research (laser-matter and plasma-surface interactions) at Institut Fresnel and PIIM laboratory. Since 2019, I hold a position as a permanent researcher at the CNRS.

Research activities

Plasma- and ion-matter interaction for nuclear fusion relevant systems (H/W, He/W, …)

Laser-matter interaction (optical properties, high power laser, …)

Heterogeneous catalysis (adsorption, surface reactivity, …)

2D materials (growth, characterization, and functionalization)

Current projects

  • APIDAE (Atomic Processes on Interstellar Dust AnaloguEs), a project funded by PCMI (Physique-Chimie du Milieu Interstellar)
  • POLYPHENE (POLYmérisation d’hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques : une nouvelle voie de synthèse du graPHENE), a project funded by Region Sud, Period: 2020



  1. Coiras et al., Laser Annealing of Sb2Te3 2D Layers towards Nonlinear Optical Applications, Optics, 3, 234–242 (2022)
  2. Pappalardo et al., Optical Properties of Tungsten: A Parametric Study to Characterize the Role of Roughness, Surface Composition and Temperature, Optics, 3, 216–224 (2022),
  3. M. Minissale et al., Thermal Desorption of Interstellar Ices: A Review on the Controlling Parameters and Their Implications from Snowlines to Chemical Complexity, ACS Earth Space Chem,  6, 3, 597–630 (2022),
  4. M. Minissale, C. Louis De Canonville, C. Pardanaud , B. Butoi, R. Bisson and L. Gallais, The role of defects, deuterium, and surface morphology on the optical response of beryllium, Nuclear Fusion 62, 056012 (2022),
  5. A. Durif, D. Piot, M. Richou, L. Gallais, M. Lemetais, M. Lenci, M. Minissale, and G. Kermouche, Competition between recovery and recrystallization in two tungsten supplies according to ITER specifications, Journal of Materials Science, 57, pages 7729–7746 (2022),
  6. A. Dunand, M. Minissale, J.-B. Faure, L. Gallais, T. Angot and R. Bisson, Surface oxygen versus native oxide on tungsten: contrasting effects on deuterium retention and release, Nuclear Fusion, 62, 054002(2022)


  1. F. Taccogna, S. Bechu, A. Aanesland et al. Latest experimental and theoretical advances in the production of negative ions in caesium-free plasmas, Eur. Phys. J. D 75, 227 (2021)
  2. M. Minissale, A. Durif, G. Kermouche, M. Richou, L. Gallais, Grain growth and damages induced by transient heat loads on W, Physica Scripta 96, 124032 (2021)
  3. E. Salomon, M. Minissale, F. Romero-Lairado, Pyrene Adsorption on a Ag(111) Surface, J. Phys. Chem. C, 125, 11166−11174 (2021)
  4. L. Karanja, M. Lenci, D. Piot et al., An Attempt to Assess Recovery/Recrystallization Kinetics in Tungsten at High Temperature Using Statistical Nanoindentation Analysis, Crystals (2021), 11, 37
  5. F. Ghiourghiu, T. Aissou, M. Minissale et al., Nitrogen retention and ammonia production on tungsten, Nuclear Fusion 61, 126067 (2021)


  1. C. Moisset, Verrone R.-N., Bourgade et al., Giant ultrafast optical nonlinearities of annealed Sb2Te3 layers, Nanoscale Adv., 2, 1427-1430 (2020)
  2. C. Pardanaud, D. Dellasega, M. Passoni et al., Post-mortem analysis of tungsten plasma facing components in tokamaks: Raman microscopy measurements on compact, porous oxide and nitride films and nanoparticles, Nuclear Fusion, 60, 086004 (2020),
  3. M. Richou, A. Durif, M. Lenci et al.  Recrystallization at high temperature of two tungsten materials complying with the ITER specifications, Journal of Nuclear Materials 542, 152418 (2020)
  4. M. Minissale, J-B. Faure, A. Dunand et al. Sticking Probability of Ammonia Molecules on Tungsten and 316L Stainless Steel Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. C, 124, 17566−17577 (2020)
  5. M. Minissale, A. Durif, P. Hiret et al., A high power laser facility to conduct annealing tests at high temperature, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 91, 035102 (2020)
  6. H. Chaabouni, S. Baouche, S. Diana, and M. Minissale, Reactivity of formic acid (HCOOH) with H atoms on cold surfaces of interstellar interest, Astronomy & Astrophysics 636, A4 (2020)


  1. F. Ghiourghiu, M. Minissale, E. Hodille et al., Comparison of dynamic deuterium retention in single-crystal and poly-crystals of tungsten: The role of natural defects, Nuclear Instruments and Methods B, 461, 159-165 (2019)
  2. M. Minissale, T. Nguyen, and F. Dulieu, Experimental study of the penetration of oxygen and deuterium atoms into porous water ice, , Astronomy and Astrophysics 622, A148 (2019)


  1. M. Minissale, G. Tesfay Zeweldi, R. Bisson, L. Gallais, The temperature dependence of optical properties of molybdenum, , Nuclear Fusion, 58, 096012 (2018),
  2. T. Zanon-Willette, R. Lefevre, R. Metzdor , N. Sillitoe, S. Almonacil, M. Minissale, E. de Clercq, V. I. Yudin, A. V. Taichenachev, and E. Arimondo, Generalized Hyper-Ramsey quantum clocks with composite pulses, , Reports on Progress in Physics, 81, 094401 (2018),
  3. M. Minissale, T. Zanon-Willette, I. Prokhorov, H. Elandaloussi, and C. Janssen, Frequency linearization of electromagnetic sources,, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control , 65, 1487 – 1491 (2018),
  4. M. Minissale, T. Zanon-Willette, P. Jeseck, C. Boursier, and C. Janssen, Experimental measurements of pressure shifting of  3 lines of ozone by second harmonic detection, Journal of Molecular Physics, 348, 103-113 (2018), DOI:


  1. M. Minissale, C. Pardanaud, R. Bisson, L. Gallais, The temperature dependence of optical properties of tungsten in visible and near-infrared domain: an experimental and theoretical study, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 50, 455601 (2017),
  2. E.A. Hodille, F. Ghiorghiu, Y. Addab, A. Zalovnik, M. Minissale, Z. Piazza, C. Martin, T. Angot, L. Gallais, M.-F. Barthe, C.S. Becquart, S. Markelj, J. Mougenot, C. Grisolia and R. Bisson, Retention and Release of Hydrogen Isotopes in Tungsten Plasma Facing Components: the Role of Grain Boundaries and the Native Oxide Layer from a Joint Experiment-Simulation Integrated Approach, Nuclear Fusion, 57, 076019 (2017),
  3. M. I. Rusu, C. Pardanaud, Y. Ferro et al. Preparing the future post-mortem analysis of Beryllium-based JET and ITER samples by multi-wavelengths Raman spectroscopy, Nuclear Fusion, 57, 076035 (2017)
  4. F. Dulieu, M. Minissale, and D. Bockelee-Morvan, Dismutation of water peroxyde as a possible explanation of the abundance of molecular oxygen discovered in the comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko’s coma, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 597, A56 (2017)


  1. M. Minissale, A. Moudens, S. Baouche, H. Chaabouni, and F. Dulieu, Hydrogenation of CO-bearing species on grains: unexpected chemical desorption of CO, MNRAS, 458, 2953-2961 (2016),
  2. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, and F. Dulieu Direct measurement of desorption and di usion energies of O and N atoms physisorbed on amorphous surfaces, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 585, A146, (2016)
  3. S. Cazaux, M. Minissale, F. Dulieu, and S. Hocuk Dust as interstellar catalyst – II. How chemical desorption impacts the gas, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 585, A55 (2016)
  4. M. Minissale, F. Dulieu, S. Cazaux, and S. Hocuk Dust as interstellar catalyst – I. Quantifying the chemical desorption process,Astronomy and Astrophysics, 585, A24 (2016)


  1. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, S. Baouche, H. Chaabouni, and F. Dulieu, CO2 formation via solid state H2CO+O reaction, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 577, A2 (2015)


  1. M. Minissale, and F. Dulieu, Influence of surface coverage on the chemical desorption process, Journal of Chemical Physics, 141, 014304 (2014)
  2. S. Ioppolo, G.S. Fedoseev, M. Minissale, E. Congiu, F. Dulieu, and H. Linnartz, Nitrogen chemistry on cold surfaces – Part II: The surface consumption of NO2, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 8270 (2014)
  3. M. Minissale, G.S. Fedoseev, E. Congiu, S. Ioppolo, F. Dulieu, and H. Linnartz, Nitrogen chemistry on cold surfaces – Part I: The surface consumption of NO, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 8257 (2014)
  4. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, and F. Dulieu,, Oxygen diffusion and reactivity on bare silicate interstellar grains, Journal of Chemical Physics, 140, 074705, (2014)
  5. E. Congiu, M. Minissale, S. Baouche, S. Cazaux, H. Chaabouni, G. Manicò, A. Moudens, V. Pirronello, and F. Dulieu, Efficient diffusive mechanisms of O atoms at very low temperatures on surfaces of astrophysical interest,Faraday Discussion 168 Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (2014)


  1. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, G. Manicò, V. Pirronello, and F. Dulieu, CO2 formation on interstellar dust grains: a detailed study on the barrier of the CO+O channel, Astronomy and Astrophysics, 559, A49, (2013)
  2. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, S. Baouche , H. Chaabouni, A. Moudens, F. Dulieu, M. Accolla, S. Cazaux, G. Manicò, and V. Pirronello Quantum tunneling of oxygen atoms on very cold surfaces, Physical Review Letters, 111, 053201, (2013)
  3. M. Minissale, E. Congiu, S. Baouche, H. Chaabouni, A. Moudens, F. Dulieu, G. Manicò and V. Pirronello, Formation of nitrogen trioxide and nitrogen dioxide via NO + O2 gas-solid reaction on cold surfaces, Chemical Physics Letter, 565, 52 (2013)
  4. F. Dulieu, E. Congiu, J. Noble, S. Baouche, H. Chaabouni, A. Moudens, M. Minissale and S. Cazaux, Chemical desorption source of observable molecules in our Universe, Scientific Reports, 3, 1338 (2013)


  1. H. Chaabouni, M. Minissale, G. Manicò, E. Congiu, J. Noble, S. Baouche, M. Accolla, J. L. Lemaire, V. Pirronello, and F. Dulieu, Water formation through O2+D pathway on cold silicate and amorphous water ice surfaces of interstellar interest, Journal of Chemical Physics, 137, 234706 (2012)