Overview of the department
The department groups together 31 members. Their activities aim at enhancing the fundamental knowledge of condensed matter at the nanometer scale, and providing supports for the development of new materials or devices for electronics, photonics or information storage. The overall research activities of the department is organized around three research axes :
- Theory and Simulation (ThEoS)
Tools and means
The department relies on cutting-edge experimental, theoretical and numerical skills, coupling large-scale facilities (neutron sources and synchrotron radiation), on-site experiments (growth, advanced characterization, nanotechnologies) and numerical approaches (molecular modelling and ab initio calculations).
Overview of the latest publications most representative of the 3 research axes of the Materials-Nanosciences Department:
Nanoconfined Matérials :
- ‘Dynamics of type V menthol-thymol deep eutectic solvents: Do they reveal non-ideality?’,
Claire D'Hondt, Denis Morineau,
J. Mol. Liq. 365, pp.120145 (2022)
- ‘Confining deep eutectic solvents in nanopores: insight into thermodynamics and chemical activity’,
Benjamin Malfait, Aicha Jani, Denis Morineau,
J. Mol. Liq. 349, pp.118488 (2022)
- ‘Structure of Water at Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Interfaces: Raman Spectroscopy of Water Confined in Periodic Mesoporous (Organo)Silicas’,
Benjamin Malfait, Alain Moréac, Aïcha Jani, Ronan Lefort, Patrick Huber, Michael Fröba, Denis Morineau,
J. Phys. Chem. C 126 (7), pp.3520-3531 (2022)
- ‘On the Coupling between Ionic Conduction and Dipolar Relaxation in Deep Eutectic Solvents: Influence of Hydration and Glassy Dynamics’,
Aicha Jani, Benjamin Malfait, Denis Morineau,
J. Chem. Phys. 154 (16), pp.164508 (2021)
Surfaces and Interfaces :
- ‘Energy dependence of interference phenomena in the forward-scattering regime of photoelectron diffraction’,
Sylvain Tricot, Thomas Jaouen, D. Sébilleau, Philippe Schieffer,
Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 256, pp.147176 (2022).
- ‘Origin of weak Fermi level pinning at the graphene/silicon interface’,
Courtin Jules, S. Tricot, G. Delhaye, Pascal Turban, B. Lépine, Jc Le Breton, Philippe Schieffer,
Physical Review B, 102 (24), pp.245301 (2020).
- ‘Quantitative analysis of plasmon excitations in hard x-ray photoelectron spectra of bulk black phosphorus’,
Denis G.F. David, Christian Godet, Fredrik O.L. Johansson, Andreas Lindblad,
Applied Surface Science, 505, pp.144385 (2020).
- ‘Effect of oxygen vacancies at the Fe/SrTiO3(001) interface Schottky barrier and surface electron accumulation layer’,
Pierre Catrou, Sylvain Tricot, Gabriel Delhaye, Jean-Christophe Le Breton, Pascal Turban, B. Lépine, Philippe Schieffer,
Physical Review B, 98 (11), pp.115402 (2018).
- ‘Effective Metal Top Contact on the Organic Layer via Buffer-Layer-Assisted Growth: A Multiscale Characterization of Au/Hexadecanethiol/n-GaAs(100) Junctions’,
Alexandra Junay, Sophie Guézo, Pascal Turban, Sylvain Tricot, Arnaud Le Pottier, J. Avila, Soraya Ababou-Girard, Philippe Schieffer, F. Solal,
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120 (42), pp.24056--24062 (2016).
- ‘Model dielectric functions for fluctuation potential calculations in electron gas: A critical assessment’,
Aditi Mandal, Sylvain Tricot, Rakesh Choubisa, Didier Sebilleau,
Physical Review B, 105 (19), pp.195424 (2022).
- 'Cutting-edge molecular modelling to unveil new microscopic insights into the guest-controlled flexibility of metal–organic frameworks',
Hengli Zhao, Camille Pelgrin-Morvan, Guillaume Maurin, Aziz Ghoufi,
Chemical Science, 13 (48), pp.14336-14345 (2022).
- ‘Mirror symmetry breaking in a model insulating cuprate’,
A. de La Torre, K. L. Seyler, L. Zhao, Sergio Di Matteo, M. S. Scheurer, Y. Li, B. Yu, M. Greven, S. Sachdev, M. R. Norman, D. Hsieh,
Nature Physics, 17 (7), pp.777-781 (2021).
- ‘Resonant vibration of a thin polymer film under optical excitation’,
Janine Emile, O. Emile, P. Gaudriault,
Soft Matter, 17 (14), pp.3923-3928 (2021).
- 'Screening of transition (Y, Zr, Hf, V, Nb, Mo, and Ru) and rare-earth (La and Pr) elements as potential effective dopants for thermoelectric GeTe – an experimental and theoretical appraisal',
Bhuvanesh Srinivasan, Sylvain Le Tonquesse, Alain Gellé, Cédric Bourgès, Leo Monier, Isao Ohkubo, Jean-François Halet, David Berthebaud, Takao Mori,
Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 8 (38), pp.19805-19821 (2020).
Full list of publications by author :
This research axis is interested in the non-conventional structural, dynamical and cooperative properties of complex molecular systems (aperiodic crystals, multicomponent fluids, liquid-crystals) induced by a highly anisotropy spatial restriction at the nanoscale.
Surfaces and Interfaces
This research axis is interested in the growth and characterization of the electronic, optical and transport properties of heterostructures based on semiconductors, oxides, metallic and organic films.