Research topics

  • Synthesis of new polymer architectures with well tailored and controlled molecular structure
  • Catalysis (heterogeneous or homogeneous) in macromolecular chemistry
  • Polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites by (reactive) melt processing
  • Design of environmentally friendly polymeric/(nano)composite materials, with the possibility to imply biodegradability
  • Nanohybrid synthesis via surface-catalyzed polymerization
  • Theoretical modeling of the electronic and optical properties of conjugated (molecular or polymer) materials for plastic electronics
  • Fundamental studies of energy-transfer processes in supramolecular assemblies
  • Theoretical studies of charge transport, from molecular junctions to supramolecular arrays
  • Modelling of the structure and properties of interfaces in (macro)molecular adsorbates, thin functional deposits, and polymer nanocomposites
  • Relationship between the supramolecular organization, the microscopic morphology and the opto-electronic properties in thin films of conjugated materials
  • Microstructure of multi-phase polymer materials (polymer blends, block copolymers, nanocomposites)
  • Capillary instability of polymer thin films
  • Functional surfaces from elastic and viscous instabilities
  • Chemical and physical patterning of surfaces
  • Structuration of conjugated thin films for opto-electronic
  • Control of Microfluidic devices by electrowetting
  • Cell mechanics under hydrodynamic flow (microfluidics)
  • Cellular organization on biomaterials (polymer physics)
  • Viscoelasticity in cell organization (magnetic tweezers)
  • Design and characterization of new plasma sources
  • Study of the plasma chemistry by mass spectrometry, electrostatic probes and optical methods namely optical emission spectroscopy, optical adsorption spectroscopy and laser induced fluorescence
  • Synthesis of functional coatings by magnetron sputtering and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition
  • Study of the key mechanisms involved in highly ionized sputtering methods in non-reactive and reactive conditions
  • Plasma functionalization of polymers and inorganic materials including the treatment of nanostructures
  • Chemical, structural and morphological characterization of materials (‘surfaces) by XPS, Tof-SIMS, SEM, TEM and XRD methods
  • Development of original mass spectrometry methods for structural characterization of macromolecular/polymer structures
  • Applications of mass spectrometry methods to the study of supramolecular associations
  • Identification of natural products from animals and plants by MS
  • Organic synthesis of small molecules for sensor applications