Double departure

We have started the year with two members less in the group : Robrecht Vergauwe and Samuel Albert have indeed finished their postdoctoral contracts in the end of December 2020. They were both very supportive for younger labs members and involved in organizing conviviality moments, contributing to the good cohesion of the team. We will miss their presence in the lab and we wish them all the best for their future !

Source : Minghao Li

Welcome to Luis !

Since a week, we have the pleasure to welcome our first brazilian lab member, Luis Pires. Luis is a physicist by education, now specialist of optical tweezers and colloidal interactions. He received his master and PhD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and did a six month internship at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA. Welcome to him !


Anoop’s departure

A week ago, it was the last day in the lab of our friend and colleague Anoop Thomas, who spent more than 5 years among us. We will all miss his good mood and curiosity, his knowledge in chemistry, his assistance and availability for the younger students and more generally, for all people in the group… but we are very happy for him that he was offered a great position of assistant professor at the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. We wish him and his family all the best for the future and will keep in touch !

Welcome to Sudipta !

A new postdoctoral researcher joined the group one week ago : Sudipta Saha is a physicist with specialization in optical physics and photonics. He received his integrated MS-PhD in physical sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India. Subsequently, he conducted his postdoctoral research at the Florida International University, USA. Welcome to him !

Welcome to Shahana !

We have the pleasure to welcome a new phD student coming from India, Shahana Nizar. She completed her master degree from IISER Thiruvananthapuram in June 2020 with chemistry as major subject and physics as minor subject. During her master thesis, she has been working on the chiroptical properties of aggregates, under the supervision of Pr. George Thomas.

Welcome to Sandeep and Soh !

We have the pleasure to welcome two new postdoctoral researchers in our group :

  • Dr Sandeep Kulangara, who completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research inThiruvananthapuram and then worked two years and a half at the Government Victoria College Palakkad as an assistant professor in chemistry.
  • Dr Soh Kushida, who completed his PhD at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg under the supervision of Prof. Uwe H. F. Bunz on March 2020 and has been since April 2020 a superlative postdoc (SPD) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

PhD defense of Yoseline Cabara-Rosales

We are pleased to announce the phD defense of Yoseline Cabara-Rosales on Thursday, 9th of July, at 10am. Her work, entitled

Agir sur une sonde Brownienne : des forces optiques aux protocoles thermodynamiques optimaux (Acting on a brownian probe : from optical forces to optimal thermodynamical protocols)

has been performed under the supervision of Dr. Genet. Due to the sanitary situation, the defense will take place in the Salle de Conférence of ISIS with a limited number of people, making use of a videoconferencing system.

Strongly coupled ?

Generally in our lab, we confine molecules in a cavity and observe what are the consequences of this confinement… but since four weeks, we are ourselves confined, as approximately half of the people on Earth. It will for sure have consequences, that are for now hard to predict. Hopefully they will be positive and will enhance the good side of human beings. As a beginning, we already discovered an interesting feature : even all confined in different cavities, we are still somehow coupled, and we proved it this morning by having our first virtual group meeting ! Thanks to all : keeping in touch is important nowadays and we enjoy this post to send our warmest thoughts to our collaborators around the world, take care  !


Happy team !

Here is a nice picture of our (happy) postdoc and phD students team taken by Caroline Schneider during ISIS new year lunch, on January 20th. Last year it was under the snow but 2020 started somehow…warmer…

Daichi Okada is visiting us

Daichi Okada, who already spent two months in our lab in the autumn of 2017, is back for another two months stay. He is currently working in Kyushu University, in the group of Pr Adachi where his research topics is laser applications of self-assembled organic micro-structures. If you wish to meet him, he is staying in room 105. Welcome back to him !