The thematic axes

Functional Polymer Engineering

  • Development of new photoinitiating systems
  • Development of processes and innovative techniques in photopolymerization
  • Development of new synthetic methodologies combining photopolymerizations and controlled radical polymerizations
  • Control of growth, chemistry and morphogenesis of thin films fabricated by plasma-assisted polymerization
  • Design of surfaces and interfaces with controlled chemical and physico-chemical properties, towards fabrication of stimuli-responsive surfaces

Controlled Porosity Materials

  • Development of synthetic strategies thanks to the use of novel and/or biosourced structuring agents for the elaboration of new structures in families of zeolites and related compounds as well as coordination polymers (Metal-Organic Frameworks)
  • Development or optimization of synthetic processes for inorganic and hybrid 3D materials by soft chemistry and hydrothermal routes
  • Understanding properties through detailed characterizations
  • Studying the storage of mechanical energy by intrusion-extrusion experiments of non-wetting liquids in porous materials under high pressure.

Carbons and Hybrid Materials

  • Development of new synthesis pathways and innovative carbon and hybrid carbon materials (C/metal or C/ceramic nanocomposites) with perfectly controlled characteristics (texture, structure, morphology, functionalities)
  • Understanding the mechanisms occurring during the preparation of these materials
  • Understanding the interactions between the carbon (or hybrid carbon) materials and their environment (gas, liquid, solid) under different constraints (thermal, mechanical, chemical, electrochemical) occurring during their utilisation in different applications
  • Improving performances of carbon material in the field of energy and gas storage, catalysis and water/air depollution.

Molecules, Nano-, Micro-Structures : Elaboration, Functionalities

  • Design of functional micro-nanostructures : development of non-conventional preparation methods for the elaboration of micro/nanostructures based on self-assembly, wetting and photopolymerization.
  • Mecanisms and reactivity : study of the physical, physicochemical and chemical processes that are involved during the preparation
  • Properties of molecular, micro- and nanopatterned systems : New properties resulting from the patterning, new patterned functional materials, multifunctional structures
  • Applications : sensors, microsensors, optics, photonics, biology, biomimicry, MEMS, microfluidics

Transfers, Reactivity, Materials for Clean Processes

  • Development of innovative processes for the synthesis of lamellar clay-like compounds : tailoring of the synthesis conditions according to target applications
  • Formulation of innovative composite materials for separation, the controlled release of active molecules, and the adsorption of pollutants, in gas and liquid phase
  • Material and energy recovery of bio-sourced products : development of chars for agronomic, environmental and energy applications
  • Energy storage : recovery of fatal heat and renewable energy storage
  • Development and use of specific characterization methods (calorimetry, conductivity determination, …), and modelling of mass and heat transfer adapted to the process (knowledge model, etc.)

Physics of low dimensionality systems

  • Synthesize new 2D materials and 2D-based hybrid heterostructures
  • Control and modify their electronic properties by functionalizing these 2D materials.
  • Study and control supramolecular self-assembly process to synthesize perfect 2D or 3D monocrystals and study their physical properties to functionalize other materials and find applications for example in organic solar cells.
  • To investigate the growth and the magneto-electronic properties of ferromagnetic metal/organic semiconductor hybrid heterostructures.


  • Develop new materials/new processes for applications in biology
  • Understand the biological mechanisms involved in biointerfaces
  • Synthesize new materials from biological objects

Multi-scale numerical simulations

  • Microscopic interpretation of experimental observations
  • In-silico” materials characterization
  • Numerical prediction of material properties