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Molecular Nanoscience Group

The Molecular Nanoscience Group is part of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, a joint research laboratory of the CNRS and Université de Paris-Sud XI. The goal of the Molecular Nanoscience Group is the creation of atomic-scale structures capable of incorporating diverse nanomachine functions (bistable molecule, single atom memory, photon nano-source, graphene and silicene nano devices, etc.).

The aim of the group is to achieve electrical and optical control of individual atomic-scale devices by combining experimental and theoretical expertise in :

  • the fabrication of functionalized atomic and molecular devices on surface
  • the electronic, optical and quantum control of such devices through atomic-scale manipulation using the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Optical Spectroscopy, and Synchrotron Radiation
  • the modelling of surfaces and adsorbates in a laser beam and the STM tunnel junction

Recent Articles

Chemical Synthesis of Silicene

M. R. Tchalala, A. Kara, A. Lachgar, S. Yagoubi, E. Foy, E. Vega, S. Nitsche, D. Chaudanson, B. Aufray, L. El Firdoussi, M. Ait Ali, and H. Oughaddou, "Silicon nanoparticles synthesis from calcium disilicide by Redox assisted chemical exfoliation", Materials Today Communications (2018), doi:10.1016/j.mtcomm.2018.06.012

Charging C60 fullerenes on Diamond

S. Kölsch, F. Fritz, M.A. Fenner, S. Kurch, N. Wöhrl, A. J. Mayne, G. Dujardin, C. Meyer, "Kelvin probe force microscopy studies of the charge effects upon adsorption of carbon nanotubes and C60 fullerenes on hydrogen-terminated diamond", J. Appl. Phys. 123, 015103 (2018)

Switching device with atomic quantum dots

M. Yengui, E. Duverger, P. Sonnet, D. Riedel, "A two-dimensional ON/OFF switching device based on anisotropic interactions of atomic quantum dots on Si(100):H", Nature Comm. 8, 2211 (2017)

Electron induced reactions of NaCl on Silver

A. Husseen, S. Le Moal, H. Oughaddou, G. Dujardin, A. Mayne, E. Le Moal, "Reaction kinetics of ultrathin NaCl films on Ag(001) upon electron irradiation", Phys. Rev. B. 96, 235418 (2017)

Resonating plasmonic Lenses

S. Cao, E. Le Moal, F. Bigourdan, J.-P. Hugonin, J.-J. Greffet, A. Drezet, S. Huant, G. Dujardin, E. Boer-Duchemin, "Revealing the spectral response of a plasmonic lens using low-energy electrons", Phys. Rev. B 96, 115419 (2017)