With around 200 researchers and support staff, the IMN is one of the larger public materials research centres in France. The Institute aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the science of materials and their properties from the atomic scale upwards. This allows the design, characterisation and optimisation of new materials for a diverse range of high technology applications, including next generation solar cells, fuel cells, electric car batteries, nanotechnology, smart materials, materials for microelectronics, photonic and optical materials.
Within the Institute, the Physics of Materials and Nanostructures group (PMN) brings together physicists and solid state and materials chemists to explore nanoobjects and nanocomposites via optical and vibrational spectroscopy, AFM microscopy, atomic scale modelling of physical properties, transport and magnetotransport, physical chemistry of confined environments and interfaces and exploratory synthesis – nanostructure assembly.
Nantes is a lively, growing city in West France, located just south of Brittany on the Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic coast and 2 hours from Paris by train. The city is the sixth largest in France, and is regularly voted the most liveable place in France. In 2013 it was the European Green capital.
2 PhD positions are based at the Institute of Materials
Project Supervisors at the IMN
|Bernard Humbert is Professor at the University of Nantes and the head of the PMN Group. He is specialised in Raman spectroscopy of surfaces, interfaces and nanomaterials based on carbon and TiO2. His scientific interests include improving fundamental understanding of Raman enhancement processes (SERS, TERS, …), plasmonic coupling between nanoobjects, new techniques in statistical signal analysis.|
|Jean-Luc Duvail is also a Professor at the University of Nantes. He develops original 1D-like nanomaterials for enhancing and/or reaching new physical behaviors and functionalities at the nanoscale. Optical, electrical and optoelectronic properties of nanowires, both individual and in arrays, are targeted. This is achieved by developing methods for controlling on a 1-100 nm scale the architecture of molecules and hybrid materials within nanowires and nanotubes (based mainly on conjugated polymers, metals and plasmonic nanostructures, carbon nanotubes, graphene and nanocomposites).|
|Elodie Babu is in charge of the management of the Marie Curie ITN “Enabling Excellence” and is also working for the administrative services at the IMN. Her task in Enabling Excellence is to ensure a smooth implementation of the project activities, facilitate communication between partnership and with the larger public. And, also follow the administrative and financial part of the project. By education she was a foreign languages student who specialised in European Project Management. She also spent some time abroad in the UK, Poland or the Balkans, studying or volunteering in NGOs.|