Nanomaterials and Device Fabrication by Nanochemistry


New paper out in Chemistry of Materials! Congratulats Maria and teams for this work on photonics pigments autonomously regulating IR light as function of the temperature!


Macro and Mesoporous Materials made of High Entropy Alloy Nanocrystals! Congratulations Maria for this work published in ACS Nano!



How spontaneous order emerges from disorder?

Mateusz and Fanny and co-workers introduce a simple patterning method based on self-ordering of periodic cracks in nanoporous inorganic films. New paper out in Advanced Materials!


Glad to have been nominated member of the IUF starting from october 2022.



Thanks CNRS for the great honor!


Vulgarization article (in french) just published in Actualité Chimique.

How to harness cracks to obtain functional materials –> here the link



New paper out in Advanced Materials! This is Civan’s work on Metal-Organic Framework Photonic Balls used as local Photo-Thermal Probes.

Have a look here.


Happy to share our collaborative work on the origin of the high electrochemical activity of pseudo-amorphous Ir oxides just published in Nature Communications




Honored to be a co-recipient of the Award from the “Chimie-Physique” Division of the French Chemistry and Physics Societies!!



New paper out in Nano Letters! Maxime introduces Oxide Assisted Chemical Etching to fabricate silicon nanowires.

Here the article


Patterning MOFs at smaller scales / News and Views in Nature Materials

Have a look here

A comment on the original article from R. Ameloot and coworkers: Here the link


The plasmonic dancefloor! Our article featured in the cover of Nanoscale


In this article in JSST I review some of our latest work on sol-gel and Metal Organic Frameworks materials to control structural colors.

Have look here


New paper out in PNAS. Collagen materials are usually opaque. We show that transparency can be found in a narrow region of the collagen phase diagram. Collaborative work led by N. Nassif! here the link


Using water vapor as thermometer. Zeinab used in situ ellipsometry to probe plasmonic heating in core shell gold nanorods/porous shell colloidal films. Paper published in Nanoscale, here the link


Davide’s paper on sol-gel nanofluidic reactos accepted in ChemNanoMat  “Ionic diffusion, nanoparticle formation and trapping within sol‐gel made Pillared Planar Nanochannels in a simple microfluidic device.





Using polymers as templating and reducing agents to make metallic porous microsphere stable at high temperature. Mateuzs’s paper out in Materials Horizons



Honored to receive the Donald Ulrich Award from the International Sol-Gel Society at the 2019 Sol-Gel conference in Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

Here the official ISGS announcement.



New paper out in Nature Energy. Light trapping in GaAs ultrathin solar cells with a nanoimprinted sol-gel TiO2/Ag mirror. 

Check here!

A collaborative study from ⁦C2N, Fraunhofer ISE, IPVF and LCMCP designed by S. Collin and A. Cattoni


Presenting the Sol-Gel of Noble Metals at Collége de France, Symposium ” From nanoporous to macroporous materials: synthesis, properties, applications”

The video (in French) here:


Our work highlighted in the Cover Page



Retrospective article on our implication on technological transfer by SATTLutech




How to design better Ir-based catalystsfor OER?

By engineering the architecture and porosity at different scales!

First work on the “sol-gel” of noble metals in Advanced Energy Materials

A collaborative study between LCMCP, Univ Strasbourg, Univ Paris Diderot, Univ Montpellier, Ecole Polytechnique, greatly coordinated by Jennifer Peron


I’m very honored to be one of the grantees of an ERC STARTING GRANT for the TEMPORE project  aiming at reproduce life-like properties into artificial materials.

PhDs and Post-DOC positions will be available soon…


Olivier Dalstein receives the YNSECT award for his PhD thesis work on Photonic MOF Sensors!

Very proud of him!


Out-of-equilibrium Nanowetting

After more than two years, our work on water condensation and shaping of nano droplets is out in ACS Nano. Great collaboration with AMU University, C2N, INSA Lyon and Itodys.

Have a look here: M. Faustini et al ACS Nano 2018



“Retrospective” article on the History of Hybrid Materials published in Advanced Functional Materials here the link

A very long, but instructive, bibliographical research work along the centuries, outstanding scientists and the synthetic procedures.

Take-home message: also in material’s science, Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Here a first glance of the “as accepted” article

a wink to Back to the Future…


Pushing the resolution limit of nanofabrication with soft-chemistry with A. Cattoni and D. Mailly at C2N;

paper accepted in Microelectronic Engineering


Maxime is joining the team. He will work on the synthesis of porous “metallic” materials made by sol-gel of noble metals. Welcome!


Sol-Gel for tandem solar cells!

POST-DOC position opening now!

with C2N-CNRS

here the announce PostdocIPVF


Pleased to present our latest works at the SCAN Paris Diderot. Thanks to the organizers for the opportunity.



Observing iridium sol-gel based materials at 800°C. Great in-situ experiment at Samba XAS beam line, Synchrotron Soleil


After 3 years together, Olivier and Guillaume are doctors! Very proud of them.


Olivier’s article on Evaporation-directed Crack Patterning of MOFs colloidal gels accepted in Angewandte Chemie!

 Thanks to our collaborators in IMAP, ILV and LISE.

how to make photonic devices out of cracks…



Nice discussion and team’s photo with Prof. K. Kuroda, the inventor of mesoporous materials, a giant in material’s chemistry

From left to right: Guillaume, Marco, Elisa, Prof. Kuroda, Olivier, Justine, Alexa



“Soft chemistry meets Soft lithography”: a lecture at the C’nano International School of Nanoscience 2017


Guillaume N. received the Graduate Student Award at E-MRS 2017 for his work on dew formation on sol-gel films. Congratulations!



Ronghua’s paper on “Invisible” Photoactive Coatings accepted in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces!


The “AQUASCREEN” project is highlighted by CNRS Innovation: have a look here



Our essay on  Sol-gel Derived Functional Coatings for Optics is finally out. Great job Guillaume and Davide. Have a look here.

General strategy to tune optical properties of coating by sol-gel chemistry


POST-DOC position available!

One 12 months post-doctoral position opening starting from January 2017!

Project “Emergences” Sorbonne University: Themo-plasmonics on nanoporous films

Do no hesitate to contact me for more information!


“Lutech Trophy” for technological transfer!

for the development of the project AQUASCREEN and GLASSPRINT. What a honor!

Thanks for all the support we received from the SATT and from the other co-inventors (David Grosso, Lionel Nicole, Guillaume Naudin).



Presenting our work at the Institut de Chimie de la Matiére Condensée de Bordeaux

Master internship available!


One 5 months position opening starting from January 2017!
Project : Sol-gel, Iridium based coatings



Congratulation Olivier for winning the best poster award delivered by the International Sol-Gel Society for his work on photonic sensing


Benj’s wedding party with the process-team



Review on nano patterning by bottom-up approach

co-written with David Grosso


AFM cover on Olivier’s paper!

Matisse art competition
TITLE: If matisse was a nano-Pointillist (SEM of a 2D TiO2 photonic crystal)