STnano acquires an etching equipment with a nanometric precision

This equipment, unique in Alsace, will allow researchers to design all kinds of heterostructures based on thin films with nanometric precision. In a high vacuum environment, the acceleration of Argon atoms allows the etching of thin films with a controlled rate. Also, equipped with an in situ diagnostic tool of the material etched from the substrate (SIMS), it is thus possible to obtain an ideal control of the etching. The system is equipped with a second chamber that will allow the deposition of thin oxide layers by sputtering without the need to vent the sample after etching. This new tool completes the portfolio of processes available at STnano and will allow for new advances in fields such as spintronics, nanomagnetism, unconventional electronic devices, and nanosciences in general.

This equipment was acquired within the framework of the regional project RANGE thanks to the support of the Grand EST Region, the ITI Qmat, Unistra and CNRS


This software is designed to handle million of atoms large systems, offers the possibility to encode video of the 3D window,
and regroups several tools to design atomic-scale materials: advanced crystal builder, surface creation and passivation tool … and many more !

You can download Atomes here:

Atomes is developed by Dr. Sébastien Le Roux, research engineer for the CNRS, who works at the Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg, in the Department of Organic Materials

Safety instructions – COVID-19

In the current health context, we would like to reiterate the importance to apply preventive measures, particularly during gatherings. Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times during meetings and strongly recommended within the laboratory.

In case of positive covid test, please follow the instructions in the file attached (in French). Remember to report your situation to the management team or to our HR manager: or

Informations about the situation are regularly updated :

What to do with a student or staff who have been in contact with a person who has been tested positive for Covid19pdf – realised by CNRS – INSERM – Unistra) (Text in french)

Good pratices (pdf files)

“Fête de la Science” : the campus opens its doors

Full program on the website:

Several IPCMS teams will be involved during these days:

  • IPCMS will be represented, under a marquee, with 2 themes: “Travel through matter” (MET team) and “Project” Euronanomed Theraget “: new solutions for health (Sylvie Bégin team)
  • Visits in the lab proposed for schoolchildren on Friday October 1 and for the general public on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3. See details here.

From October 1 to 11, 2021, the “Fête de la Science” celebrates its 30th anniversary.

For the occasion, experience a week of festivities throughout Alsace Voir le programme complet “Alsace” ici

# In “Bas-Rhin” | coordination by le Jardin des Sciences

3 Science villages :
October 2 and 3: at the Cronenbourg Campus in Strasbourg and at the Champ du feu

October 9 and 10: at the Vill’A in Illkirch

… and other meetings at La Wantenau, in Strasbourg, in Saales …

Joint Laboratory : MOLIERE

MOLIERE : Matériaux fOnctionneLs Innovants pour l’aERonautiquE
Qu’ils soient orientés vers le civil, le militaire ou l’espace, les acteurs de l’aéronautique se doivent d’innover sans cesse pour maitriser les technologies stratégiques futures et répondre aux enjeux énergétiques et environnementaux.
Porté par de plus de 20 ans de collaboration et d’échanges fructueux entre les partenaires, le Laboratoire commun de recherche MOLIERE est né de l’alliance des expertises entre la recherche industrielle de Dassault Aviation et la recherche académique de l’Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS, Strasbourg) et de l’Institut Jean Lamour (IJL, Nancy).
L’objectif de ce laboratoire est de répondre aux besoins aéronautiques concernant trois axes thématiques : les matériaux pour l’acoustique, les matériaux pour l’électromagnétisme et les matériaux antigivre.
A cette fin, il s’agit de concevoir, synthétiser et caractériser de nouveaux matériaux fonctionnels à un niveau multi-échelle. Le format Laboratoire commun de recherche constitue une structure adaptée et stable qui permet le développement d’un tel projet scientifique commun d’envergure et la pérennisation de cette collaboration.

Lancement du Laboratoire commun de recherche MOLIERE

le LUNDI 5 JUILLET 2021 à 11H

Lire le communiqué de presse du CNRS ICI

Voir l’article paru sur l’Actu (journal électronique de l’Unistra)

Video on the website “L’Actualité de la Recherche à l’UNISTRA