Département NM


Leader: Philippe Parent, Co-leader: FRÉDÉRIC LEROY


NanoMaterials: elaboration and properties

The research activities of the NanoMaterials Department aim at developing an innovative and interdisciplinary approach for the study of nanomaterials combining studies of model systems (surfaces, thin and ultra-thin films), real systems (functionalized nanomaterials, carbonaceous aerosols, biominerals, ...) and nanomaterials with high societal issues, particularly in the fields of  energy, environment and communication (spintronics).

One of the major concerns of the  studies carried out at the department is to establish the link between the conditions of elaboration of nanomaterials and their physical and physico-chemical properties.

The department, composed of experimentalists, combines different fields of expertise in physics and physico-chemistry of materials. It relies on a technical support of 3 IT (G. Arthaud, C. Coudreau, B. Courtois).

Permanent staff ~ 30 people


The research activities of the NanoMaterials department are organized around 3 axes :
1. Ultra-thin nanomaterials

Surfaces and interfaces are at the heart of research activities of the department due to their important role during growth/synthesis of nanomaterials, in chemical reactions or functionalization of nanomaterials.

Themes studied :

  • 2D compounds with sp2 hybridization and transition metal dichalcogenides
  • Molecular assembly on substrates
  • Elementary mechanisms of out-of-equilibrium mass transfers (electromigration - thermomigration)


2. Functional nanomaterials

A large part of the department's research activities are focused on the study of systems with high societal issues in the field of energy (catalysis, photovoltaics, fuel cells) and next-generation digital tools (spintronics).

Themes studied :

  • Catalytic activity of individual or assembled nanoparticles, in UHV or liquid medium
  • 3D electrochemical nanostructuration of materials and functionalization by ALD for energy applications
  • Elaboration of thin layers of metal-semiconductor alloys for spintronics
  • Wetting and stability at solid/solid interfaces


3. Nanomaterials and environment

Beyond the economic issues related to the synthesis of innovative nanomaterials, nanomaterials are also present in their natural state as geo- or bio-minerals or nanoparticles resulting from human activity raising, in the latter case, many questions about their impact on the environment.

Themes studied :

  • Physico-chemical properties of carbonaceous aerosols related to air and sea traffic and interaction with the environment
  • Growth processes and function of biominerals




2D Manipulation of Nanoobjects by Perpendicular Electric Fields: Implications for Nanofabrication

Stefano Curiotto, F. Cheynis, Pierre Müller, Frédéric Leroy

Acs Applied Nano Materials 3:1118-1122 (2020)10.1021/acsanm.9b02517

Quantifying the Extent of Ligand Incorporation and the Effect on Properties of TiO 2 Thin Films Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition Using an Alkoxide or an Alkylamide

Maxime Dufond, Maïmouna Diouf, Clémence Badie, Carine Laffon, Philippe Parent, Daniel Ferry, David Grosso, Jacques Kools, Simon Elliott, Lionel Santinacci

Chemistry of Materials 32:1393-1407 (2020)10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b03621

Selective modification of the unquenched orbital moment of manganese introduced by carbon dopant in epitaxial Mn5Ge3C0.2/Ge(111) films

R. Kalvig, E. Jedryka, M. Wojcik, Matthieu Petit, L. Michez

Physical Review B: Condensed Matter (1978-1997) 101 (2020)10.1103/PhysRevB.101.094401

Electrolyte-gated-organic field effect transistors functionalized by lipid monolayers with tunable pH sensitivity for sensor applications

Tin Phan Nguy, Ryoma Hayakawa, Volkan Kilinc, Matthieu Petit, Yemineni S L V Narayana, Masayoshi Higuchi, Jean-Manuel Raimundo, Anne Charrier, Yutaka Wakayama

Applied Physics Express 13:011005 (2020)10.7567/1882-0786/ab5322

Functionalized geopolymer foams for cesium removal from liquid nuclear waste

S. Petlitckaia, Y. Barre, T. Piallat, O. Grauby, Daniel Ferry, A. Poulesquen

Journal of Cleaner Production 269 (2020)10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122400

Ordered SnO2 nanotube arrays of tuneable geometry as a lithium ion battery material with high longevity

Ying Zhuo, Sarah Tymek, Hong Sun, Maïssa Barr, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Nanoscale Advances 2:1417-1426 (2020)10.1039/c9na00799g


Yellowing of laser-cleaned artworks: Formation of residual hydrocarbon compounds after Nd:YAG laser cleaning of gypsum plates covered by lamp black

Jérémie Berthonneau, Philippe Parent, Olivier Grauby, Daniel Ferry, Carine Laffon, Alain Colombini, Blandine Courtois, Philippe Bromblet

Journal of Cultural Heritage 39:57-65 (2019)10.1016/j.culher.2019.02.014

Electrocatalytic Performance of Titania Nanotube Arrays Coated with MoS 2 by ALD toward the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

Yuanyuan Cao, Yanlin Wu, Clémence Badie, Stéphane Cadot, Clément Camp, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli, Julien Bachmann

ACS Omega 4:8816-8823 (2019)10.1021/acsomega.9b00322

Growth and orientation relationships of Ni and Cu films annealed on slightly miscut (1-102) r-sapphire substrates

Dominique Chatain, Blandine Courtois, Igor Ozerov, Nathalie Bozzolo, Madeleine Kelly, Gregory Rohrer, Paul Wynblatt

Journal of Crystal Growth 508:24-33 (2019)10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2018.11.024

2D nanostructure motion on anisotropic surfaces controlled by electromigration

Stefano Curiotto, Pierre Müller, Ali El-Barraj, Fabien Cheynis, Olivier Pierre-Louis, Frédéric Leroy

Applied Surface Science 469 (2019)10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.11.049

Shape changes of two-dimensional atomic islands and vacancy clusters diffusing on epitaxial (1 1 1) interfaces under the impact of an external force

Stefano Curiotto, Frédéric Leroy, Pierre Muller, Fabien Cheynis, Michail Michailov, Ali El-Barraj, Bogdan Ranguelov

Journal of Crystal Growth 520:42-45 (2019)10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2019.05.016

Fougerite: the not so simple progenitor of the first cells

Simon Duval, Frauke Baymann, Barbara Schoepp-Cothenet, Fabienne Trolard, Guilhem Bourrie, Olivier Grauby, Elbert Branscomb, Michael Russell, Wolfgang Nitschke

Interface Focus 9:20190063 (2019)10.1098/rsfs.2019.0063

Oxygen Adsorption on Graphene-Encapsulated Palladium Nanoparticles Imaged by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy

Henrik Grönbeck, Clemens Barth

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123:24615-24625 (2019)10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b07377

Revealing Carbon Phenomena at Palladium Nanoparticles by Analyzing the Work Function

Henrik Grönbeck, Clemens Barth

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123:4360-4370 (2019)10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b12208

Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Reaction Activity of Nanoporous SnO2/Fe2O3/IrO2 Thin Film Composite Electrodes with Ultralow Noble Metal Loading

Sandra Haschke, Ying Zhuo, Stefanie Schlicht, Maïssa Barr, Ricarda Kloth, Maxime Dufond, Lionel Santinacci, Julien Bachmann

Advanced Materials Interfaces 6:1801432 (2019)10.1002/admi.201801432

Structure of a Zn monolayer on Ag(111) and Ag(110) substrates: an AES, LEED and STM study

Maradj Hicham, Carole Fauquet, Mostefa Ghamnia, Benedicte Ealet, Nabil Rochdi, Sébastien Vizzini, Jean-Paul Biberian, Bernard Aufray, Haik Jamgotchian

Surface Science (2019)10.1016/j.susc.2019.02.007

On pinning-depinning and microkink-flow in solid state dewetting: Insights by in-situ ESEM on Al thin films

Stefan Werner Hieke, Marc-Georg Willinger, Zhu-Jun Wang, Günther Richter, Dominique Chatain, Gerhard Dehm, Christina Scheu

Acta Materialia 165:153-163 (2019)10.1016/j.actamat.2018.11.028

Atomic Transport in Au-Ge Droplets: Brownian and Electromigration Dynamics

Frédéric Leroy, Ali El-Barraj, Pierre Müller, Fabien Cheynis, Stefano Curiotto

Physical Review Letters (2019)

Aircraft and MiniCAST soot at the nanoscale

Iman Marhaba, Daniel Ferry, Carine Laffon, Thomas Regier, F.-X Ouf, Ph. Parent

Combustion and Flame 204:278-289 (2019)10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.03.018

Light‐Assisted Charge Propagation in Networks of Organic Semiconductor Crystallites on Hexagonal Boron Nitride

Aleksandar Matković, Jakob Genser, Markus Kratzer, Daniel Lüftner, Zhongrui Chen, Olivier Siri, Peter Puschnig, Conrad Becker, Christian Teichert

Advanced Functional Materials 1903816 (2019)10.1002/adfm.201903816

Stable operation of water-gated organic field-effect transistor depending on channel flatness, electrode metals and surface treatment

Tin Phan Nguy, Ryoma Hayakawa, Volkan Kilinc, Matthieu Petit, Jean-Manuel Raimundo, Anne Charrier, Yutaka Wakayama

Japanese Journal of Applied Physics 58:SDDH02 (2019)10.7567/1347-4065/ab09d2

Step flow growth of Mn5Ge3 films on Ge(111) at room temperature

Matthieu Petit, Amine Boussadi, Vasile Heresanu, Alain Ranguis, Lisa Michez

Applied Surface Science 480:529-536 (2019)10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.01.164

Un ustensile à fond perforé et dépôt carbonaté dans un contexte domestique du Bronze final sur le Parc Logistique de l'Aube : la question d'un usage de la chaux

Marion Saurel, Monnier Alexandre, Vincent Riquier, O. Grauby

Bulletin de l'Association pour la promotion des recherches sur l'Âge de bronze 17:59-67 (2019)

Molecular Beam Study of the CO Adsorption on a Regular Array of PdAu Clusters on Alumina

Georges Sitja, Claude R Henry

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123:7961-7967 (2019)10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b07350

Regular Arrays of Pt Clusters on Alumina: A New Superstructure on Al 2 O 3 /Ni 3 Al(111)

Georges Sitja, Aude Bailly, Maurizio de Santis, Vasile Heresanu, Claude Henry

Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123:24487-24494 (2019)10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b05109

Soil organo-mineral associations formed by co-precipitation of Fe, Si and Al in presence of organic ligands

Wuhib Zewde Tamrat, Jérôme Rose, Olivier Grauby, Emmanuel Doelsch, Clément Levard, Perrine Chaurand, Isabelle Basile-Doelsch

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 260:15-28 (2019)10.1016/j.gca.2019.05.043


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