Inauguration of ISIS-2

Yesterday, October 10, the extension of ISIS, called ISIS-2, has been officially inaugurated. It will welcome 2 senior labs, 3 juniors labs and industrial antennas. Moreover, it will also host a datacenter of the University and the two foundations, Fondation Université de Strasbourg and Fondation pour la Recherche en Chimie

A bottle alsacian wine has been sent and broken against the front of the new building, like for the launching of a new boat on the sea, see the little video taken by Artur Cieselski from Paolo Samori’s group.

You can find an article (in french) on the University website and more pictures on the social networks of the University.

Source : University Instagram

Seminar Kevin Kubarych

Kevin Kubarych, from the University of Michigan, is visiting our lab today and tomorrow with two of his collaborators. He will give a seminar entitled

Exploring Vibrational Polariton Dynamics with Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy

this afternoon, October 8, at 2.30pm in the meeting room of ISIS.

New members in the lab

Since October 1st, three new people started a contract in the lab. Women first, we will start with Bianca Patrahau, who already came for a summer training last year. After doing two more trainings in Italy and in Switzerland, she is now starting a phD with us. Then Rémi Goerlich, who did his master 2 training in the lab, in collaboration with Dyno group at IPCMS, is also starting a phD now. To finish, we welcome a new postdoctoral researcher, Gian-Lorenzo Paravicini-Bagliani. He is coming from the Physics Department of ETH Zürich where he worked as a postdoc till July 2019, after defending his phD in the end of 2018 on the magneto-transport in engineered vacuum fields.

Bianca and Gian Lorenzo on the 6th floor terrace

Welcome to Richard !

Since September 16, Richard Karl, originated from Austria but studying at ETH Zürich joined the lab. He will stay 2 months among us, for preparing his bachelor degree thesis, welcome to him !

Welcome back Kripa !

Kripa Joseph, who was already in our lab last year for a 3 months training, is back among us, but this time for 3 years. She is indeed starting a phD in our group after having completed her Master degree in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali in May 2019. Welcome back to her !

Back to school…

We are pleased to announce that a new publication, in cooperation with Vladimir Torbeev group, has just been accepted in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This time we applied the concept of strong-coupling induced cooperative effect to a biological molecule, the pepsin, which is a digestive enzyme. When strongly coupling the OH stretching bond of the water surrounding pepsin (and involved in its chemical mechanism), the enzyme activity, characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy, is modified. Being able to alter the energy landscape of biological molecules opens a new and promising way to studies on biochemical reactivity. The paper is open access and you can also find it in our Publications page.

Press review

Crédit photo : Muriel Muzet (from left to right Michel Deneken, Thomas Ebbesen,Jean-Marie Lehn, Jules Hoffman and Masako Hayashi-Ebbesen)

Here are a few links dealing with the CNRS Gold Metal that Thomas Ebbesen received yesterday

Articles in french :

DNA (Dernières Nouvelles d’Alsace)

L’Usine Nouvelle

Le Figaro

Ouest-France

L’actualité chimique

Le journal du CNRS

Science et Avenir

La Recherche

Francetvinfo

France24

Futura Sciences

and a few more in english

EurekAlert!

Tellerreport

Bioengineer

and again the CNRS journal but in english !

 

Gold medal for Thomas !

We have the great pleasure to announce that Thomas Ebbesen will be the next recipient of the CNRS Gold Medal which is the most prestigious french scientific prize. It was created by the CNRS in 1954 and one can find the full list of laureates on the wiki page, among whom Louis De Broglie, Pierre Gilles de Gennes or Jean-Marie Lehn…See also the CNRS publication about it.

An official ceremony will take place in Paris in October 2019.

Congratulations Thomas !

Auf Wiedersehen Marcus !

Dr Marcus Seidel finished his two years contract in our lab last week. He will now take a short break to take care of an important and demanding experiment, becoming a full-time father, before going for another position in Germany. We wish him and his family all the best for the future !