Women at ISIS

Here is a nice picture of women working at ISIS taken on March 8th in front of the institute, to celebrate women’s international day.

Note that they are accompanied by Pr. Lehn and Pr. Samori.

Thomas Ebbesen Doctor Honoris Causa from KU Leuven

On the occasion of Patron Saint’s Day,  February 2nd, Thomas Ebbesen received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University (Katholieke Universiteit) of Leuven. He was nominated by Professors Johan Hofkens and Maarten Roeffaers, during an impressive and beautiful ceremony.

A nice article, with a short video interview, have been published on the KU Leuven news website, and you can read it here in english.

French minister of research visited our lab

We received the visit of the french minister of Research, higher Education and Innovation, Mme Frédérique Vidal, last monday at ISIS, to announce the creation of a mission “Campus de l’Innovation” (see University of Strasbourg website for more information). We had in particular the opportunity to show her our FIB/SEM Auriga from Zeiss Company.

Source : https://twitter.com/VidalFrederique


Who’s who ?

Below these helmets, one can find one University president, two Nobel Prize laureates, one Kavli Prize laureate and ISIS present director

Unusal visitors for a construction site… except when this is the one of ISIS extension !

Source : http://lactu.unistra.fr

A chaire in Collège de France for Thomas Ebbesen

Pr. Thomas Ebbesen will be leading for the year 2017-2018 the Chaire d’Innovation technologique Liliane Bettencourt in Collège de France, intended to highlight the importance of research works dedicated to technological innovations. The courses program is entitled L’Alchimie du vide – Interactions lumière-matière en chimie physique and you can find more details following this link.

Double departure

Double defense, double departure…  recently two of our phDs left the lab. Dr Hadi Bahsoun finished his contract at the end of September and he is presently looking for a position. Dr Thibault Chervy started a postdoc last week in ETH Zürich, in the Quantum Photonics group headed by  Pr Atac Imamoglu.

We wish them good luck for the future !

Mini-symposium and phD defenses on 14th and 15th of September

We are pleased to announce for next week a mini-symposium on light-matter strong coupling with three seminars given by members of the PhD jurys of Hadi Bahsoun and Thibault Chervy : Prof. Jaime Gomez Rivas, Prof. Angel Rubio and Prof. Atac Imamoglu.

This mini-symposium will take place in the conference room of ISIS, on Friday 15th of September from 9pm. For the detailed program, see here below :

The day before, on Thursday 14th at 2pm, Hadi Bahsoun will defend his PhD thesis entitled Strong Coupling of Electronic Transitions of Molecular Materials in the Liquid Phase

Then on Friday 15th at 2pm, it will be the turn of Thibault Chervy, whose work is entitled Strong coupling regime of cavity quantum electrodynamics and its consequences on molecules and materials

These works have been done under the supervision Prof. T.W. Ebbesen and in both cases, a small reception will follow the defense at the 6th floor of ISIS.

Au revoir Jino

Our dear friend and colleague Jino George has eventually left after five years and a half spent among us, a long period while we had time to create strong links together. He contributed a lot to the work done in the lab, while building a nice family with his wife. Now Jino has obtained a great position in India at the chemistry department of IISER Mohali (Chandigarh, Penjab) where he just started a new group. Congratulations and good luck Jino !

Picture : Jino’s farewell party at ISIS

New members in the team

We have the pleasure to welcome two new post-doctoral researchers in our group since the 1st of July : Marcus Seidel and Kalaivanan Nagajaran.

Kalaivanan is coming from Kerala, India, and did his phD in the School of Chemistry of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research of Thiruvananthapuram on the “Strategies to Access Triplet Excited State in Core-Twisted Perylenediimides”, under the supervision of Dr. Mahesh Hariharan.

Marcus is coming from Germany and the topic of his phD work was the development of high power femtosecond thin-disk laser, where his research was focused on pulse compression, carrier-envelope-phase stabilization and broadband mid-infrared generation. It has been prepared in the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching, in the group of Pr. Ferenc Krausz.

Morevover, Ming-Hao Li, who was with us for a Master 2 training, will stay in the lab and continue for a phD as he received a grant from the Ecole Doctorale de Chimie. Congratulations to him !