NISM Newsletter - July 2021

NISM Newsletter
Issue 5,
July 2021


By Charlotte Bouquiaux, PhD student in the Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry (LTC), representative of the non-permanent researchers of the HPC pole
Like evoluting peas in an institute
“In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Charles Darwin
In this spirit of collaboration, one of the pillars of the NISM institute, the NISM board just welcomed two representatives of the non-permanent researchers. This decision, giving more voice to young NISM researchers, was suggested by the evaluation of our institute and followed the election of a new team of 4 representatives for the non-permanent researchers, one for each pole.
With this new team, we will actively try to favour and encourage formal and informal meetings and discussions between the NISM members. In that regard, keep a look out for a few new activities that will be organized starting in September.
In the meantime, I wish this summer period to be somewhat of a relaxing and recharging time for all of us, to be ready for the new academic year and all its challenges and new projects!


Seminar series in the HPC-MM pole

Prof. Yoann Olivier, the head of the HPC-MM pole in NISM, organized a series of online seminars.
The invited lecturers were Professors Xavier Blase (CNRS Grenoble, France), Leticia Gonzalez (University of Vienna, Austria), Sylvain Latil (CEA/Université Paris-Saclay, France), and Eva Zurek (Buffalo University, USA).
The seminars met a lot of success with around 20 participants per each. The different talks described recent developments in organic semiconductors physics from a computational perspective, in excited state dynamics, in optoelectronic properties of 2D materials and in the theoretical design of superconducting and superhard materials.

"Hubert Curien TOURNESOL” project in progress

In the framework of a granted Hubert Curien TOURNESOL project, Prof. Stéphane Lucas and Dr. Emile Haye collaborate with Prof. Jean-François Pierson and Dr. David Pilloud of the Jean Lamour Institute in Nancy (France).
NISM scientists have recently accomplished a week of experiments in the IJL laboratories. The project, entitled “Plasmocaps”, focusses on investigating capacitive and plasmonic materials based on transition metal nitrides. The TOURNESOL program funds the stay of two Belgian researchers in France, and of two French researchers in Belgium, for one week each.
Collaborative projects allow sharing experience, resources, equipment, and much more.

FNRS fund 2021

A research fellowship ASP (“Aspirant”) has been granted to Loris Chavée to carry out a PhD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Stéphane Lucas.
The project title is "Uncovering the growth mechanisms of coatings deposited by Physical Vapour Deposition on complex 3D substrates".
It aims to investigate the growth mechanisms of thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering on metallic foam substrates by combining experimental work and simulations. It also intends to unravel the roles neutral and ionised species play.
State-of-the-art techniques, such as X-ray computed tomography, will allow the 3D characterisation of the samples. The results from the experimental work will be included in predictive numerical simulations to propose a complete growth model.

BEWARE fund for NISM

It is a great news for NISM and a big success for Prof. Olivier Deparis as BEWARE Fellowships program accepted his project in photonics applied to energy recycling.
The program will allow the funding of a postdoctoral researcher in collaboration with industry.
The 4th BEWARE call is currently open until October 15, 2021. Do not miss it!

PhDs and post-docs in NISM

Presentation card: Taras Hanulia

My name is Taras Hanulia. I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Lasers and Spectroscopies (LLS) since May 1st 2021.
I graduated as Doctor of Philosophy in Optical Engineering in 2018, with a specialization in « Nanovision Technology », at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Shizuoka University, Japan.
I received a M.Sc. in Physics in 2015 and a B.Sc. in Physics in 2013, with a specialization in « Laser and Optoelectronic Technology », at the Faculty of Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.
In the LLS laboratory I am involved in a project entitled “Using the Goos-Hänchen shift in a second harmonic generation experiment as a probe of interfacial molecular processes”.
I will work together with Prof. Francesca Cecchet and Prof. Yves Caudano.

Latest publications in NISM

  • “Understanding the role of energetic particles during the growth of TiO2 thin films by reactive magnetron sputtering through multi-scale Monte Carlo simulations and experimental deposition”, Tonneau, R., Moskovkin, P., Muller, J., Haye, E., Konstantinidis, S., Pflug, A. & Lucas, S., 15 Apr 2021, In: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 54, 155203.
  • “Structure and dynamics of an archeal monoglyceride lipase from Palaeococcus ferrophilus as revealed by crystallography and in silico analysis”, Labar, G., Brandt, N., Flaba, A., Wouters, J. & Leherte, L., Apr 2021, In: Biomolecules. 11, 4, 22 p., 533.
  • “Triptycene Boronates, Boranes, and Boron Ate-Complexes: Toward Sterically Hindered Triarylboranes and Trifluoroborates”, Gama, M., Antognini Silva, X., Doan, T. H., Osi, A., Chardon, A., Tumanov, N., Wouters, J. & Berionni, G., 5 Mar 2021, In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2021, 9, p. 1440-1445 6 p.

Upcoming events
Next September is promising in activities. Two online conferences are already scheduled.

Living Light online meeting for Early Career Researchers

The conference will be run in two sessions over the 22nd/23rd September 2021.
More details..
Contact: Dr. Sébastien Mouchet.

bePOM 2021

The second edition of the Belgian Photonics Online Meetup
The 2021 edition will take place on 23-24 September 2021.
More details..
Contact: Dr. Sébastien Mouchet.

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