Lavinia BALAN obtained the PhD degree from the University Henry Poincaré in Nancy, France, in 2005. Her PhD was devoted to the elaboration of an original material for the anode of Li-ion batteries. After a post doctorate in Orleans and then in Mulhouse, she joined the Department of Photochemistry (DPG) of Mulhouse in 2006 as a CNRS Senior Researcher. She opened a new field of research in this laboratory, viz. the photoassisted synthesis of metal nanoparticles and metal-polymer nanocomposite materials. Since December 2009, L. Balan joined the Institute of Materials Science of Mulhouse (IS2M) CNRS-UMR 7361. She has published more than 100 papers, 4 book chapters and 5 patents. Dr. L. Balan has been serving as an editorial board member for few scientific journals.