Etienne Baranoff received his PhD degree in chemistry from the Université de Strasbourg (former Université Louis Pasteur) in 2003 (PhD thesis title: Photoinduced electron transfer in triads based on iridium(III) bis-terpyridine complexes).
From 2004 to 2007 he went to the University of Tokyo as a post-doctoral fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He studied about supramolecular liquid crystals and soft matter in general with Professor Takashi Kato.
From 2007 to 2011 he was a research associate at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the group of Professor Grätzel, where he developed new transition metal complexes for various light-related applications such as OLEDs, DSCs, and sensors.
In 2012 he became a Birmingham Fellow at the University of Birmingham.