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Supramolecular and Molecular Photophysics and Photochemistry (PPSM)

UMR 8531 CNRS - Sciences


Address :
61, avenue du Président Wilson
94235 Cachan cedex
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Phone :
01 47 40 53 38
Fax :
01 47 40 24 54
Root structure :
Laboratories and Institutes
D'Alembert Institute (IDA)

Area(s) of research

  • Photo- and electroswitchable molecules and materials
  • Synthesis of new compounds with specific optical properties (Bodipy, tetrazines)
  • Organic materials for optical information storage and for microscopy
    Image scientifique (laboratoire PPSM)
  • Synthesis of fluorescent and/or photochromic materials, functionalized nanoparticles with specific optical properties
  • Functionalization of carbonaceous materials, conducting polymers
  • Fluorescent probes for heavy metal ions and pollutants recognition
  • Synthesis of bio- and photoactive molecules (sugars, aminoacids, nucleosides, organometallic complexes with azobenzene...)
  • Microfluidic devices for microanalysis of the controlled synthesis of nanoparticles


Molecular photonics, photoswitching, fluorescence, sensors, nanocrystals, microfluidics, laser photolysis, plasmonics, photochromism, electrochemistry


Master's degree : Master Erasmus Mundus Monabiphot (ENS Cachan, multidisciplinary), Master's degree of University Paris-Saclay (Chemistry)


    Chemistry labs for organic synthesis
    NMR (400 MHz)
    Microscopy (AFM, SEM)
    Evaporation frame for thin layer deposition
    Optical bench for measurement under irradiation
    Spectroscopies (UV-vis, fluorescence, scattering)
    Time-resolved spectroscopies (absorption, emission, TCSPC)
    Fluorescence microscopy (confocal, TIRF ...)
    Fast electrochemical set-up and SECM
    Quantum chemical calculations (Gaussian 09)


University collaboration

  • Physical chemistry laboratory, Université de Paris 11, Centre d'Orsay.
  • Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines.
  • ICMMO, Université de Paris Sud, Centre d'Orsay.
  • ITODYS, Université de Paris VII.
  • LCC, Université de Toulouse.
  • LMPC, ENSC Mulhouse.
  • Laboratory of selective organic synthesis and natural products, Institut Jacques Monod
  • ENSCP, Paris.

International cooperation

Prof. N. Farfan  (CINVESTAV) (Mexico) - Prof. Tsuyoshi ASAHI, Department of Applied Physics, Osaka University, Suita (Japan) - Dr. Jianfu Ding, ICPET/NRC Ottawa (Canada) - Prof. John Reynolds, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) - Prof. J. Zakrzewski, Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Lodz (Poland) - Prof. Eunkyong Kim (South Korea) - Prof. He Tian and Prof. Weihong Zhu, ECUST (Shanghai) - Prof. Jiannong Ye and Prof. Jie Tang, ECNU (Shanghai) - Prof.  Heinz Langhals, Department Chemie (Munich, Germany) - Prof. Boris Trofimov, Irkoutzk University, Russia - Prof. Hidearu Ushiki, Laboratory of Molecular Dynamics and Complex Chemical Physics, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (Tokyo, Japan).

Industry cooperation

  • P. Audebert, Laurent Galmiche, Cécile Dumas and G. Clavier. Contract with Dacral for the improvement of corrosion resistant coatings for automotive parts applications. Contract in progress since September 2003.
  • R. Pansu, I. Leray: Contrat with Thales R&T for materials research into the development of explosive sensors (2005-2009)
  • R. Pansu, P. Audebert: Contract with Genewave for the study of thin layers and nanocrystals for DNA biochip manufacturing systems.

Other information

PPSM works in partnership with the D'Alembert Institute.

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Key figures

  • 17 teachers-researchers and researchers
  • 10 doctoral students
  • 7 Engineering technicians 

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