The company



Lotus Synthesis is an independent company with a capital of €53,333 and registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Lyon under SIREN No. 530 616 879.

The company is headquartered at 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69100 Villeurbanne, FRANCE. It was founded by two partners: Arnaud Franck and Stéphane Daniele.

Lotus Synthesis has dedicated laboratories at IRCELYON, which enables its access to necessary equipment (e.g., XRD, elemental analysis, and NMR). Lotus Synthesis also has its own industrial production equipment (a 300L reactor) at a manufacturing facility located in Villeurbanne.

The current production capacity of Lotus Synthesis is that of a dozen tons of nanoparticle suspensions per year.  Lotus Synthesis is able to deliver much larger quantities of formulated products (e.g., varnish and stains) in partnership with a subcontractor.

In addition to the products that are currently available, there is room for new developments.

Finally, beyond its own aims, Lotus Synthesis can support those of several partners in the network.




Lotus Synthesis' expanding network

Before starting the Lotus Synthesis project, the founders wholeheartedly relied on the skills and network of a group of partners.


Lotus Synthesis is always looking for new partnerships, and opportunities to expand!






Arnaud holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Arnaud worked during his graduate studies on the magnetic-resistant behavior of nickel nanotubes. After working as an R&D Engineer in the plastics industry in Houston, Texas (USA), he worked for nearly ten years in the field of industrial engineering in commercial, managerial and associate positions. Driven by a strong desire to create a high-technology start up, Arnaud co-founded Lotus Synthesis in 2011.

Arnaud is 41 years old, married, and the father of three children.

Stéphane DANIELE - Technical Manager

Stéphane DANIELE - Technical Manager

Stéphane obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1995 from the Nice Sophia Antipolis University. He went on to complete two post-doctoral positions in Japan and England on the European Union Marie Curie scholarship. He became tenured as Maître de Conférences at Lyon 1 University in 1998. In 2008, Stéphane was promoted to Professeur des Universités and leads a research team on the molecular design of inorganic precursors and their transformation into nanomaterials through soft chemistry (Sol-Gel, MOD, MOCVD or ALD process). He is the co-author of more than 70 international articles and is the co-holder of seven patents, several of which are currently used by Lotus Synthesis.

Stéphane is 46 years old, married, and the father of three children.


Matthieu GIRAUD - Production Manager

Matthieu GIRAUD - Production Manager

Matthieu holds two university diplomas of technology (DUT); one in Chemistry and one in Chemical Engineering.  During his studies, Matthieu completed an internship in the Laboratory of Nanotechnology at Claude Bernard University (Lyon 1). He joined Lotus Synthesis in 2011 as a lab technician. He is now responsible for our industrial production facility.

Matthieu is 26 years old.


Alexandre FRANCESCHINI - Lab Manager

Alexandre FRANCESCHINI - Lab Manager

Alexandre is a graduate of the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI ParisTech). He obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6) in 2008. He completed a post-doctoral internship in Switzerland (EPFL) and then won a Lavoisier scholarship to continue his work at the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University (NYU). His work focused on the study of the physical chemistry of suspensions and chemistry of composite materials.

Alexandre was recruited by Lotus Synthesis in 2013. He is 35 years old, married, and has one child.