Laboratory of Excellence – Nanostructures in Interaction with their Environment

The Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) – Nanostructures in Interaction with their Environment (NIE) was awarded in 2011 by the French ‘Investissements d’Avenir‘ program and funded for 10 years. It was subsequently integrated into the University of Strasbourg’s IDEX (Initiative d’Excellence).

This LabEx NIE gathers three laboratories in Strasbourg, working at the frontier of knowledge in the areas of nanophysics and nanochemistry, condensed and soft matter physics, optics, and atomic/cluster physics. It involves, in the same campus, the main French research organism: CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and the leading scientific university: Université de Strasbourg.

The Labex NIE aims at studying how nano-objects interact with their environment. It is a project gathering researchers from three existing laboratories (IPCMS, ICS, ISIS) already established in Strasbourg.

Our main objectives are:

(1) Connecting nano-objects to the real world: From nano-objects to Nanotechnology;

(2) Studying the fundamental interaction mechanisms: Using photonic, magnetic, electronic, acoustic, mechanical probes with ultimate temporal and spatial resolutions;

(3) Investigating the origin for the loss of information at the nanoscale: Phase and energy relaxation, transfer of angular momentum;

(4) Using the “environment” to modify nano-materials: Tuning materials properties with external perturbations.

In addition, NIE scientists are strongly involved at the master and doctoral levels. NIE offers Master and PhD scholarships for foreign students and develops Training Centers in Nanosciences.

Scientific achievements of NIE are also exploited through patent filings, conference organization, publications in high quality journals and interactions with the private sector.

Bernard Doudin (Director of the LabEx) and Silviu Colis (Co-Director)

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