Département IMMF

Molecular Engineering and Functional Materials

Leader: Jean-Manuel Raimundo


The IMMF research activities are at the crossroad of chemistry-physics-biology and focus mainly on the synthesis, physicochemical characterization and properties of organic, inorganic and / or hybrid molecular structures for energy, health, environment, information and communication.

These themes are structured in three main research axes that are molecular materials for photonics, molecular materials for electronics and nanomedicine with a global multidisciplinary approach (syntheses - development of nanostructured materials - characterizations), leading to the development of devices whose properties fulfill the major societal concerns.

The IMMF department has a strong knowledge and has developed a solid expertise in molecular and supramolecular chemistry that enables it to synthesize and characterize nanostructures based in particular on pi-conjugated aromatic and heteroaromatic molecules, amphiphilic, glycosidic and chiral molecules.

In this context, the molecular engineering of several original families of chromophores has been developed responding to scientific and technological issues at the forefront of current concerns.

The department is also involved in the synthesis of inorganic or hybrid nanoparticles for applications in the energy field, or organic nanoparticles and dendrimers for applications in personalized medicine and care.

A particular effort is also made to deposit, growth, self-organization of nanostructures in solution and toward the functionalization of substrates for the development of functional materials.

Équipe Fages



Direct Observations of the Structural Properties of Semiconducting Polymer: Fullerene Blends under Tensile Stretching

Mouaad Yassine Aliouat, Dmitriy Ksenzov, Stéphanie Escoubas, Jörg Ackermann, Dominique Thiaudière, Cristian Mocuta, Mohamed Cherif Benoudia, David Duche, Olivier Thomas, Souren Grigorian

Materials 13:3092 (2020)10.3390/ma13143092

In situ measurements of the structure and strain of a π-conjugated semiconducting polymer under mechanical load

Mouaad Yassine Aliouat, Stephanie Escoubas, Mohamed Chérif Benoudia, Dmitriy Ksenzov, David Duché, Evangéline Bènevent, Christine Videlot-Ackermann, Jörg Ackermann, Olivier Thomas, Souren Grigorian

Journal of Applied Physics 127:045108 (2020)10.1063/1.5127226

Organic-Inorganic doped Nickel Oxide Nanocrystals for Hole Transport Layers in Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Color Tuning

Riva Alkarsifi, Yatzil Alejandra Avalos-Quiroz, Pavlo Perkhun, Xianjie Liu, Mats Fahlman, Anil Kumar Bharwal, Carmen M. Ruiz, David Duché, Jean-Jacques Simon, Christine Videlot-Ackermann, Olivier Margeat, Jörg Ackermann

Materials Chemistry Frontiers (2020)

Electrical molecular switch addressed by chemical stimuli.

Hassib Audi, Yannick Viero, N Alwhaibi, Zhongrui Chen, Maksym Iazykov, Arnaud Heynderickx, Fan Xiao, David Guérin, Christophe Krzeminski, Iain Mark Grace, Colin Lambert, Olivier Siri, Dominique Vuillaume, Stéphane Lenfant, H.R. Klein

Nanoscale (2020)10.1039/D0NR02461A

Direct correlation of nanoscale morphology and device performance to study photocurrent generation in donor enriched phases of polymer solar cells

Sadok Ben Dkhil, Pavlo Perkhun, Chieh Luo, David Müller, Riva Alkarsifi, Elena Barulina, Yatzil Alejandra Avalos-Quiroz, Olivier Margeat, Stephan Thierry Dubas, Tomoyuki Koganezawa, Daiki Kuzuhara, Noriyuki Yoshimoto, Claudia Caddeo, Alessandro Mattoni, Birger Zimmermann, Uli Würfel, Martin Pfannmöller, Sara Bals, Jörg Ackermann, Christine Videlot-Ackermann

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2020)10.1021/acsami.0c05884

Exciton Interactions, Excimer Formation, and [2π+2π] Photodimerization in Nonconjugated Curcuminoid‐BF 2 Dimers

Manon Catherin, Olatz Uranga-Barandiaran, Arnaud Brosseau, Rémi Métivier, Gabriel Canard, Anthony d'Aléo, David Casanova, Frederic Castet, Elena Zaborova, Frédéric Fages

Chemistry - A European Journal 26:3818-3828 (2020)10.1002/chem.201905122

Robust transparent conducting electrode based on silver nanowire coating on polyelectrolytes multilayers

Jedsada Chavalitkul, Olivier Margeat, Jörg Ackermann, Stephan Dubas

Thin Solid Films 711:138272 (2020)10.1016/j.tsf.2020.138272

A self-assembling amphiphilic dendrimer nanotracer for SPECT imaging

Ling Ding, Zhenbin Lyu, Aura Tintaru, Erik Laurini, Domenico Marson, Beatrice Louis, Ahlem Bouhlel, Laure Balasse, Samantha Fernandez, Philippe Garrigue, Eric Mas, Suzanne Giorgio, Sabrina Pricl, Benjamin Guillet, Ling Peng

Chemical Communications 56:301-304 (2020)10.1039/c9cc07750b

Surface Charge of Supramolecular Nanosystems for In Vivo Biodistribution: A MicroSPECT/CT Imaging Study

Ling Ding, Zhenbin Lyu, Beatrice Louis, Aura Tintaru, Erik Laurini, Domenico Marson, Mengjie Zhang, Wanxuan Shao, Yifan Jiang, Ahlem Bouhlel, Laure Balasse, Philippe Garrigue, Eric Mas, Suzanne Giorgio, Juan Iovanna, Yuanyu Huang, Sabrina Pricl, Benjamin Guillet, Ling Peng

Small 2003290 (2020)10.1002/smll.202003290

Natural killer cells modulate motor neuron-immune cell cross talk in models of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Stefano Garofalo, Germana Cocozza, Alessandra Porzia, Maurizio Inghilleri, Marcello Raspa, Ferdinando Scavizzi, Eleonora Aronica, Giovanni Bernardini, Ling Peng, Richard Ransohoff, Angela Santoni, Cristina Limatola

Nature Communications 11:1773 (2020)10.1038/s41467-020-15644-8

Therapeutic siRNA: state of the art

Bo Hu, Liping Zhong, Yuhuang Weng, Ling Peng, Yuanyuan Huang, Yongxiang Zhao, Liang Xing-Jie

Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy (2020)

Liver Activation of Hepatocellular Nuclear Factor-4α by Small Activating RNA Rescues Dyslipidemia and Improves Metabolic Profile

Kai-Wen Huang, Vikash Reebye, Katherine Czysz, Simona Ciriello, Stephanie Dorman, Isabella Reccia, Hong-Shiee Lai, Ling Peng, Nikos Kostomitsopoulos, Joanna Nicholls, Robert Habib, Donald Tomalia, Pål Sætrom, Edmund Wilkes, Pedro Cutillas, John Rossi, Nagy Habib

Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids 19:361-370 (2020)10.1016/j.omtn.2019.10.044

Visualizing morphological principles for efficient photocurrent generation in organic non-fullerene acceptor blends

Wolfgang Köntges, Pavlo Perkhun, Jochen Kammerer, Riva Alkarsifi, Uli Würfel, Olivier Margeat, Christine Videlot-Ackermann, Jean-Jacques Simon, Rasmus Schröder, Jörg Ackermann, Martin Pfannmöller

Energy & Environmental Science 13 (2020)10.1039/c9ee03535d

Targeting NUPR1 with the Small Compound ZZW-115 Is an Efficient Strategy to Treat Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Wenjun Lan, Patricia Santofimia, Yi Xia, Zhengwei Zhou, Can Huang, Nicolas Fraunhoffer, Dolores Barea, Melchiore Cervello, Lydia Giannitrapani, Giuseppe Montalto, Ling Peng, Juan Iovanna

Cancer Letters (2020)

ZZW-115–dependent inhibition of NUPR1 nuclear translocation sensitizes cancer cells to genotoxic agents

Wenjun Lan, Patricia Santofimia-Castano, Mirna Swayden, Yi Xia, Zhengwei Zhou, Stéphane Audebert, Luc Camoin, Can Huang, Ling Peng, Ana Jiménez-Alesanco, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy, Olga Abián, Gwen Lomberk, Raul Urrutia, Bruno Rizzuti, Vincent Gélinas, Philippe Soubeyran, José L., Juan Iovanna

JCI Insight (2020)

Mixed N-Aryl/Alkyl Substitution Favours an Unusual Tautomer of Near-Infrared Absorbing Azacalixphyrins

Lucien Lavaud, Cloé Azarias, Gabriel Canard, Simon Pascal, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

New Journal of Chemistry (2020)10.1039/D0NJ04587J

Optical spin-dependent beam separation in cyclic group symmetric metasurface

Yeon Ui Lee, Igor Ozerov, Frédéric Bedu, Ji Su Kim, Frédéric Fages, Jeong Weon Wu

Nanophotonics 9:3459-3471 (2020)10.1515/nanoph-2020-0160

Near-Infrared Electrochemiluminescence in Water through Regioselective Sulfonation of Diaza [4] and [6]helicene Dyes

Haidong Li, Romain Duwald, Simon Pascal, Silvia Voci, Céline Besnard, Johann Bosson, Laurent Bouffier, Jérôme Lacour, Neso Sojic

Chemical Communications (2020)10.1039/D0CC04156D

Access to Fluorenones Using Benzocyclopentynone Surrogate as Partner for the [2 + 2 + 2] Cycloaddition Reaction

Anne-Doriane Manick, Bruno Salgues, Jean-Luc Parrain, Elena Zaborova, Frédéric Fages, Muriel Amatore, Laurent Commeiras

Organic Letters 22:1894-1898 (2020)10.1021/acs.orglett.0c00235

Synthesis, Resolution, Configurational Stability, and Properties of Cationic Functionalized [5]Helicenes

Maya Marinova, Simon Pascal, Laure Guénée, Céline Besnard, Boris Shivachev, Kalina Kostova, Claudio Villani, Roberta Franzini, Vladimir Dimitrov, Jérôme Lacour

Journal of Organic Chemistry (2020)10.1021/acs.joc.0c01716

Rectifying antennas for energy harvesting from the microwaves to visible light: A review

C.A. Reynaud, David Duché, Jean-Jacques Simon, Estéban Sanchez-Adaime, O. Margeat, Jörg Ackermann, Vikas Jangid, Chrystelle Lebouin, Damien Brunel, Frederic Dumur, Didier Gigmes, Gérard Berginc, C.A. Nijhuis, Ludovic Escoubas

Progress in Quantum Electronics 72:100265 (2020)10.1016/j.pquantelec.2020.100265

Small Panchromatic and NIR Absorbers from Quinoid Zwitterions

Angélina Torres Ruiz, Manon Bousquet, Simon Pascal, Gabriel Canard, Valérie Mazan, Mourad Elhabiri, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Organic Letters (2020)10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02926

1D Coordination π‐d Conjugated Polymers with Distinct Structures Defined by the Choice of the Transition Metal: Towards a New Class of Antiaromatic Macrocycles

Vijai Meena Santhini, Christian Wäckerlin, Ales Cahlik, Martin Ondráček, Simon Pascal, Adam Matěj, Oleksandr Stetsovych, Pingo Mutombo, Petr Lazar, Olivier Siri, Pavel Jelinek

Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2020)10.1002/anie.202011462

Long-standing Optically-excited Magnetic States in ZnO Nanoparticles

Adrien Savoyant, Clément Sebastiao, Olivier Margeat

physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters (2020)10.1002/pssr.202000176

Novel triazole nucleoside analogues promote anticancer activity via both apoptosis and autophagy

Yanhua Zhang, Xi Liu, Yun Lin, Baoping Lian, Wenjun Lan, Juan Iovanna, Xiaoxuan Liu, Ling Peng, Yi Xia

Chemical Communications (2020)10.1039/d0cc04660d


First Principles Investigation of the Spectral Properties of Neutral, Zwitterionic, and bis-Cationic Azaacenes

Patricia Guevara-Level, Simon Pascal, Olivier Siri, Denis Jacquemin

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2019)10.1039/C9CP04835A

Poly(amidoamine) dendrimers: covalent and supramolecular synthesis

Z. Lyu, L. Ding, A.Y.T. Huang, L. Kao, L. Peng

Materials Today Chemistry 13:34-48 (2019)10.1016/j.mtchem.2019.04.004

Azacalixquinarenes: From Canonical to (Poly-)Zwitterionic Macrocycles

Simon Pascal, Lucien Lavaud, Cloé Azarias, Alexandre Varlot, Gabriel Canard, Michel Giorgi, Denis Jacquemin, Olivier Siri

Journal of Organic Chemistry 84:1387-1397 (2019)10.1021/acs.joc.8b02847

Designing and repurposing drugs to target intrinsically disordered proteins for cancer treatment: using NUPR1 as a paradigm

Patricia Santofimia-Castaño, Bruno Rizzuti, Yi Xia, Olga Abián, Ling Peng, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy, Juan Iovanna, José Neira

Molecular & Cellular Oncology 1-3 (2019)10.1080/23723556.2019.1612678

Targeting the Stress-Induced Protein NUPR1 to Treat Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Patricia Santofimia-Castaño, Yi Xia, Ling Peng, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy, Olga Abián, Wenjun Lan, Gwen Lomberk, Raul Urrutia, Bruno Rizzuti, Philippe Soubeyran, José Luis Neira, Juan Iovanna

Cells 8:1453 (2019)10.3390/cells8111453


  • 06/02/2019: Elena Barulina & Jonathan Phelipot

  • 13/02/2019: Yatzil Avalos & Bruno Salgues

  • 20/02/2019: Jiaxuan Chen & Pavlo Perkhun

  • 27/02/2019: Angélina Torres Ruiz & Frédéric Brunel

  • 06/03/2019: Sanjana Auditto & Wenjun Lan

  • 13/03/2019: Riva Alkarsifi & Dinesh Dumal

  • 20/03/2019: Zhenbin Lyu & Manon Catherin

  • 27/03/2019: Yifan Jiang & Ling Ding

  • 10/04/2019: Yi-Wen Yao & Yatzil Avalos

  • 17/04/2019: Elena Barulina & Bruno Salgues

  • 24/04/2019: Jiaxuan Chen

  • 15/05/2019: Angélina Torres Ruiz

  • 22/05/2019: Sanjana Auditto & Jonathan Phelipot

  • 29/05/2019: Manon Catherin & Dinesh Dumal

  • 26/06/2019: Riva Alkarsifi & Pavlo Perkhun

  • 03/07/2019: Serena Carrara & Frédéric Brunel

  • 10/07/2019: Ling Ding & Yi-Wen Yao

  • 17/07/2019: Yifan Jiang & Zhenbin Lyu


Équipe Ackermann 1 Sources et sondes ponctuelles 2 Physique et nano-micro Ingénierie pour le Vivant 1 Équipe Peng Équipe Peng 1

  • ANR contracts

  • 1 Doc2AMU fellowship

  • 1 collaboration contract with Dracula Technologie company

  • 1 AMidex project

  • 1 "Ligue contre le Cancer" labeled team

  • 2 Horizon 2020 contracts