Research poles

Non-Linear Optics and Photonics

Research is carried out in nonlinear optics (NLO), quantum NLO, plasmonics, and photonics, applied to multiscale structured matter (i.e. molecules, surfaces, biomaterials, nanomaterials, metamaterials, and crystals). Optical responses and their coupling to vibrational and electronic excitations are predicted, from theoretical models using numerical simulations, and measured, using dedicated experimental setups, with the goal to better understand light-matter interactions in nature or in artificial systems, and to optimize their effects in view of technological applications. Read more...

 

High Performance Computing (HPC) Multiscale Modelling

The HPC pole aims at 1) sharing computational techniques, skills and tools in order to develop new materials and predict their final properties and 2) improving the modelling techniques and computer codes to account for most of the chemistry and physics of structured matter. Read more...

 

Functional Structured Materials

The core of our expertise is divided in two interconnected areas: 1) The development of 3D porous architectures including hierarchical organizations, MOF or MOF-like systems, biologic, organic/inorganic hybrids both using silica and carbon- based media, nanocomposites…2) The functionalization of nanostructures such as carbon nanotubes, fullerenes (C60), pillar-arenes, silsesquioxanes (POSS)... The applications cover various hot topics including: Li-batteries, CO2 conversion, biomass conversion, photosynthesis, (photo)catalysis, inhibition of viral and/or bacterial pathogens, biomaterials, sensors. Read more...

 

Surfaces, Interfaces and Carbon Nanostructures

Synthesis, characterization and modelling of novel materials, with particular attention to interfaces between two distinct phases and to low-dimensional structures including carbon nanostructures (graphene, nanotubes). A large choice of deposition and characterization methods is available within the SIAM and MORPHIM technology platforms. Strong theoretical support is provided to understand 2D materials synthesis and growth, and to interpret experimental data. Read more...