Introduction

IPCMS today

IPCMS (“Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), UMR 7504 CNRS – Université de Strasbourg”) is an internationally well established research center in the area of nanomaterials and nanoscience. The control of a large variety of observation scales makes possible cutting edge studies on nanostructures and nanodevices (supported or not on surfaces). Research projects are developed along the following lines: chemistry of nanomaterials and characterization at the atomic scale, nanomagnetism and magnetic materials, organic electronics and spintronics, ultra-fast optics and nanophotonics, theory and computational material science. Accomplishments are made possible by the availability of an important variety of equipments, allowing for characterization of materials at all scales. IPCMS is affiliated to the national CNRS institutes of Physics and Chemistry. Close links are also established with nearby chemical/materials schools (ECPM, Chemistry Faculty of University of Strasbourg) as well as with the physical-engineering school “Telecom Physique”.

The internal organization of IPCMS is based on five departments (Magnetic Objects on the Nanoscale (DMONS), Inorganic Materials Chemistry (DCMI), Organic Materials (DMO), Ultrafast optics and Nanophotonics (DON), Surfaces and Interfaces (DSI)). 240 people work at IPCMS, among them about 80 are researchers and university professors/assistants while 60 belong to the technical and administrative staff.

The award to IPCMS of French excellence grants such as “LabEX NIE” and “EquipEX UNION et UTEM” exemplifies the leading role of this institute, in particular in the fields of ultra-fast phenomena (UNION) and femto-second electron microscopy (UTEM).

IPCMS belongs to a regional network of laboratories active in material science, the “Alsace research federation in materials and nanosciences”. Along the same lines, IPCMS plays an important role in several inter-laboratories research groups active in France, such as the C’Nano (competences center in nanosciences). To favor technological transfer, a strong motivation drives the establishment of partnerships with companies, this role being played by the MICA Carnot institute that ensures an effective link between academic world and industrial partnerships.

IPCMS is very much open and active on the international scene, through a range of institutional contacts with international partners.  On the side of the neighboring Germany, it is worth underscoring the existence of common research and formation activities, these latter amounting to trans-national doctoral schools. We are also strongly engaged with China, Japan and Korea, through the establishment of mutual agreements managed by the University of Strasbourg.  In particular, IPCMS is involved in a partnership with South Korea that has taken the form of a joint international laboratory, giving rise each year to specific common initiatives such as winter school or international meetings. IPCMS is willing to play the role of a driving force toward the establishment of a europen campus associating the University of Strasbourg to the neighboring leading research centers in Germany and Switzerland.