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Institute d'Alembert

Research: D’Alembert Institute The d'Alembert Institute is a crossdisciplinary federation created in January 2002 comprising four research laboratories, all members of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan academic institution. Of the Institute's 225 total laboratory personnel, approximately 150 are actively involved in research work (including some one hundred permanent staff members), via 14 scientific projects and 8 technical shared facilities that house testing equipment servicing the member laboratories.

The Institute is responsible for conducting a dual action program that overlaps fundamental research and applied analyses:

Fundamental studies are devoted to the basic mechanisms of the light-matter interaction that underlie technological materials as well as biological structures.The fields of application pertain, from a general perspective, to information technologies and biotechnologies.

Scientific projects have been combined into three major avenues:

Non-linear nano-imaging and therapeutic targets: observing, understanding and curing with latest-generation tools based on nanoscale imaging and gene therapy.Photonics and Biotechnologies: Heading towards "Biolab on a chip" by integrating photonics, electronics and microfluidics.Polymer track for information technologies: from molecular engineering to the communication systems.

ENS Cachan Laboratories involved in this Institute :
  • (LPQM) Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moléculaire : Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory (Head: Prof. Isabelle LEDOUX -RAK)
  • (PPSM) Laboratoire de photophysique et photochimie supramoléculaires et macromoléculaires  : Supra- and Macromolecular Photophysics and Photochemistry Laboratory (Head: Prof. Ketairo NAKATANI)
  • (LBPA) Laboratoire de biotechnologies et pharmacologie génétique appliquées  : Biotechnology and Applied Genetic Pharmacology Laboratory (Head: Prof. Jean-François MOUSCADET)
  • (SATIE) Systèmes et applications du traitement de l'information et de l'énergie: Systems and Applications of Information Technologies and Energy Laboratory (Head: Prof. Pascal LARZABAL)

Teaching : Master Degree Molecular Photonics for bio- and nano-technologies

  • Fundamentals in Photonics
  • Fundamentals in Biology
  • Light-matter interactions in molecular media
  • Confinement of light: waveguided optics, microcavities, photonic crystals
  • Molecular Nanophotonics
  • Molecules and Materials for Electronics, Photonics and Biophotonics
  • Biophotonics: theoretical and practical aspects of fluorescence in Biology
  • Biosensors
  • Polymer-based device technology for optical telecommunications
  • Microfluidics: fundamentals and applications Photonics and microwaves
  • Conducting Polymers and OLED's