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Physics of Matter and Materials Department

The studies carried out in the Physics of Matter and Materials Research Department focus on three main themes:

  • emerging materials and nanosciences 

  • theoretical physics and modelling

  • physics of hot plasmas

These studies cover all aspects, from highly fundamental ones to applications.              

The development of nanomaterials and nanosystems, and the understanding of their physical properties, are at the heart of this Research Department's interests.


The Physics of Matter and Materials Department comprises 6 Groups, bringing together about sixty permanent members, including 56 researchers and lecturers and 2 technicians.
At any given time, the Research Department houses approximately thirty PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.


The department's groups :


Head of department: Michel VERGNAT 

Secretary: Anne-Sophie LATREILLE