nano structure The Theme Materials is a transverse theme at the ISA that brings together research groups with high-level expertises and advanced instrumentation in (DNP) MAS solid-state NMR, in paramagnetic NMR, in nanoparticles formulation, in the development of biosensors, in the analysis of surfaces and bulk materials, in top-surface analysis and modification or in the development of separative phases for chromatography. Using a vast panoply of complementary approaches, these groups address key questions of modern analytical chemistry related to:

  • pharmaceutical formulation and encapsulation
  • the atomic and electronic structure of battery materials
  • smart textiles
  • the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts and the understanding of the underlying catalytic mechanisms
  • drug polymorphism
  • the introduction of new functionalized conductive materials
  • the development of biolabs on a chip
  • the development of chromatography phases with improved performances

The systems under investigation are as diverse as nanoparticles, flat surfaces, pourous hybrid materials, pills, disordered inorganic arrays, polymers, nanotubes, monoliths. The 8 following research groups are involved in the Theme Materials. These groups are also members of Competitiveness Clusters like AXELERA, TECHTERA, PLASTIPOLIS or AGRI SUD-OUEST, and members of the LabEX like iMUST, MANUTECH-SISE.

Theme Animator

Dr. Anne

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