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Nom : Masson
Prenom : Laurence
Tel : +33(0)6 09 89 16 14
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Research topics



* Bottom-up nanostructuration of metallic and semiconducting substrates
* Growth of ultrathin layers (metallic, semiconducting, alkali-halide)
* Self-organized atomic and molecular nanostructures : growth mechanisms and characterization of intrinsic properties (structural, magnetic, electronic).


* Preparation of nanopatterned surfaces and nanostructures in Ultra-High-Vacuum
* Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) for structural and electronic characterization at the nanometric scale


42 publications

Research experience

Current position

Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)
CINaM UMR 7325

Current responsabilities

* In charge of the research department Nanomatériaux at CINaM * In charge of the Master Nanosciences et Nanotechnologies ; UFR Sciences-Aix-Marseille Université * Member of the council of the Physics Department ; UFR Sciences-Aix-Marseille Université


2007 : Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches in Materials Science - Université de la Méditerranée
Semiconductors at interfaces : from growth to nanostructured surfaces
1994 : Ph.D. in Solid State Physics - Université d'Orsay - Laboratory : C.E.A. Saclay
Morphology and mobility of steps on a metallic surface : Cu(1,1,11). Influence of sulfur adsorption.
1991: D.E.A. in Solid State Physics and Magistère de Physique - Université d'Orsay.

Recent publications

Formation of silicene on silver: Strong interaction between Ag and Si

G. Prevot, R. Bernard, H. Cruguel, A. Curcella, M. Lazzeri, T. Leoni, L. Masson, A. Ranguis, Y. Borenszstein

Physica Status solidi (b) 253 2 206-217 (2016)

Magnetic properties of self-organized Co dimer nanolines on Si/Ag(110)

L. Michez, K. Chen, F. Cheynis, F. Leroy, A. Ranguis, H. Jamgotchian, M. Hanbücken, L. Masson

Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 6 777-784 (2015)

KCl ultra-thin films with polar and non-polar surfaces grown on Si(111)7 × 7

I. Beinik, C. Barth, M. Hanbücken, L. Masson

Scientific Reports 5 8223 (2015)

Si Ultrathin Films on Silver Surfaces: An Intriguing Epitaxial System

T. Leoni, R. Bernard, A. Ranguis, Y. Borensztein, G. Prévot, L. Masson

ECS Transactions 64 89 (2014)

Large differences in the optical properties of a single layer of Si on Ag(110) compared to silicene

Y. Borensztein, G. Prevot, L. Masson

Physical Review B 89 54 245410 (2014)

Growth of Si ultrathin films on silver surfaces: Evidence of an Ag(110) reconstruction induced by Si

R. Bernard, T. Leoni, A. Wilson, T. Lelaidier, H. Sahaf, E. Moyen, L. Assaud, L. Santinacci, F. Leroy, F. Cheynis, A. Ranguis, H. Jamgotchian, C. Becker, Y. Borensztein, M. Hanbücken, G. Prévot, L. Masson

Physical Review B 88 121411 (2013)


Surfaces – Interfaces – Bottom-up nanostructuration– Self-organized growth - Near field microscopy