Our Science paper is out !

We are very pleased to announce that our paper previously on ChemrXiv , and resulting from our collaboration with Joseph Moran’s group, has now been published on Science website. We studied the deprotection of a silane derivative bearing two possible silyl bond cleavage sites—Si–C and Si–O respectively, to show that it is possible, thanks to the strong coupling of the vibrational mode associated to one of them, to favor the cleavage of one bond versus the other, and thus the formation of one product of the reaction versus the other. The examination of the thermodynamic parameters reveal the modification of the chemical landscape of the reaction under strong coupling. This brand new approach offers an alternative way to control chemical reactivity without catalysts, prefunctionalization, or chemical changes to the reaction conditions.

Let it snow !

To start the week, here is winter group picture taken on ISIS terrace during the new year celebration of the institute, on January 24th.

Thanks to Caroline Schneider, our photograph !

Happy Birthday

We had a small surprise celebration on Monday at ISIS for the 65th birthday of Thomas Ebbesen but as the real date is today, happy birthday Thomas !


Welcome to Samuel !

To start the new year, we have the pleasure to welcome Dr Samuel Albert as a new postdoctoral researcher. Samuel did his phD about glass transition in CEA Saclay and defended in 2016. Then he did a first postdoc in ENS Lyon about Casimir forces. Welcome to him !

Welcome back to Yantao !

Dr Yantao Pang, assistant professor, in Shandong Jianzhu University,  in Jinan (China) arrived in Strasbourg two days ago. He already spent one year in our lab in 2005 then came back for a shorter stay in 2012. This time, he is back again for one year and will be located in office 109. Welcome back to him !


Winter publication

The collaboration with IPCMS on TMDs continues to be fruitful and after the recipe for a chiraliton, here is the one for a sandwich of 2D materials, also called van der Waals heterostructure, preserving valley polarization and coherence. No need for an oven, everything is done at room temperature ! More details in the publication, that will appear asap in ACS Photonics.


PhD defense of Oussama Sentissi

We are pleased to announce the PhD defense of Oussama Sentissi on Friday, December 7. His work, entitled  Étude du mouvement Brownien sous champ de force externe et diffusion anormales (Study of brownian motion under an external force field and anomalous diffusion), has been performed under the supervision of Dr. Genet. The defense will take place in the Salle de Conférence of ISIS, at 2pm.

A pot de thèse will follow at the 6th floor of ISIS (Espace Vasconi).

New page alumni

The idea was born around a beer after a conference in Paris a few months ago : we decided to create an Alumni list with all former phD’s, postdoctoral researchers and associate researchers who worked with Thomas Ebbesen. A first (imperfect) list was written on the corner of the table… and a few months later, we are happy to announce the creation of the Alumni page, that we finally restricted to former collaborations within the Laboratoire des Nanostructures only.

Of course, any new information and corrections are welcome !