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SINanO: Surfaces, Interfaces and NanoObjects

The SINanO team

Our research is multidisciplinary (physics, chemistry, biology) and concerns the growth and the study of the structural, physical and chemical properties of i) surfaces and interfaces, ii) nano-objects and iii) their interactions with atoms or molecules (adsorption, self-organization, ligand-driven growth and functionalization) (see scheme below). Our research field on these objects, whether 2D (surfaces and interfaces) or 3D (nano-objects), covers fields ranging from formation mechanisms (nucleation, epitaxy, wetting, elasticity, diffusion and alloy effects, kinetics, role of ligands or a matrix...) to physical (mechanical, magnetic, electronic, optical...) or chemical (reactivity, bioactivity...) properties. Our research is fundamental, but often adresses functional devices or materials that aim to become functional, such as lasers, devices for spintronics or nanoparticles for hyperthermia or antibiotic therapy, for example. An originality of the SINanO group is to combine experimental and theoretical approaches on a large number of topics.


Our Research Topics

- Surfaces and interfaces : formation and properties
- Nano-objects : growth, structure and properties
- Interaction between an atom or a molecule and a nano-object or a surface

Keywords: nanoparticles, single objects, crystalline surfaces and interfaces, heteroepitaxy, atomic structure, surface self-organization, self-assembling, surface-ligand interactions, biological activity

- SINanO Team

- SINanO Publications

- SINanO Partnerships


The SINanO Team is involved in differents cross studies of the laboratory:
STM-Photon (R. Pechou, R. Coratger)
Understanding the elementary mechanisms of stress induced grain boundary migration (F. Mompiou, N.Combe)
Molecules on oxyde ultra-thin films (V. Langlais, H. Tang)
Unraveling the atomistic mechanisms of Ag+ release through a silica matrix for controlled anti-bacterial properties (C. Bonafos, M. Benoit, N. Tarrat)
Physical properties of ultra-thin metal layers on transition metal dichalcogenides monolayers (L. Calmels, M. Benoit)
[Structuration of magnetic domains in metal alloys: from elaboration to multi-scale study of magnetic properties (C. Gatel, M-J. Casanove)]