The goal of our team is to design, synthesize, and study the properties and functionalities of advanced functional materials. The path chosen is the integration between chemistry - offering almost endless array of functions and materials - and colloidal physical chemistry with its controlled self-assembly methods over large-scale surfaces or volume. The complementary combination of these two disciplines provides access to a huge variety of compounds (organic, inorganic or hybrid), structures and functionalities at scales ranging from nanometer to macroscopic sizes. The created materials can be solid or fluid, amorphous or organized, functional at surface or in the bulk. Potential areas of applications are numerous, with innovations in heterogeneous catalysis (enzymatic or metallic), in photo-catalysis, in photonics and plasmonics, in drug delivery, in the field of optical and acoustic metamaterials, in systems for energy conversion, in stimulable interfaces, hydrogen storage..
The areas of expertise of the team are built around the physics of complex fluids, chemical and colloidal engineering, modeling and numerical simulations of electromagnetic response as well as advanced optical experiments. Our interdisciplinary approach covers a continuous range of activities, from chemical synthesis of functional elements to the assembly of materials, the study and modeling of their properties.
Fundamental and applied aspects are addressed with equal attention. Academic research benefits from many fruitful collaborations on the site of the University of Bordeaux, in France and abroad. The team is partner or coordinator of many regional networks (Labex AMADEUS, cluster Idex APHIA) national (ANR Nanodiellipso, Metakoustic (CO), ...) and international (FP7 - METACHEM (CO), etc.). Strong partnerships with industry are evidenced by a large number of contracts. Also, we pay special care in valorizing our research with an average of 2 to 4 patents deposited per year.
Avenue du Docteur Albert Schweitzer
33600 PESSAC, France
Tél: +33 5 56 84 56 30