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.
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 !
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.
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).
We have the pleasure to welcome James Hutchison for a few days in the lab, till November 29. He will stay in room 107 during his visit. His 18 months secondment in Melbourne turned into a 4 years “Future fellow” position so he will fly back to Australia soon…
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 !