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Centre for Nanoscience
and Nanotechnology

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The laboratory

C2N key figures

  • 410 people
    among which 120 researchers and university lecturers
    as well as 80 engineers and technicians
  • 18000 m2
    among which 2800 m2 clean room
  • 4 research departments
  • 4 joint laboratories
  • 1 micro-nano-technology facility
  • 4 competence centers
  • 7 service units

C2N: a CNRS - Université Paris Sud laboratory

Established on June 1st  2016, the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (C2N) was launched in the wake of the joint CNRS and Université Paris-Sud decision to merge and gather on the same campus site the Laboratory for Photonics and Nanostructures (LPN) and the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (IEF). Its location on the École Polytechnique district of the  Paris-Saclay campus, will be completed in 2017, the new C2N buildings being under construction.

The executive comittee of the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is composed of the director, Giancarlo Faini, the four assistant directors Laurent Vivien, Dafiné Ravelosona, Pierre-Yves Joubert and Jean-Christophe Harmand and the general secretary Vanessa Tocut.

You can send your emails to the management team at the following address: direction@c2n.upsaclay.fr

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C2N: a laboratory on the Plateau de Saclay campus

The C2N location on the Saclay plateau is part of an ambitious longterm perspective. The center will take advantages of its location fostering interactions with academic laboratories as well as research and development units within the local industrial network. It will put together the IEF and LPN teams and will gather expertises in various key research axes. It will meet two main entangled objectives:

  • establishing a key laboratory for research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

  • providing the Saclay Saclay and Ile-de-France region with large Nanotechnology facilities open to academic and industrial players in the field, in particular in Ile-de-France

Science at C2N

The center develops in the field of material science, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnologies and microsystems, as well as in nanotechnologies. In all these fields, its research activites cover all the range from fondamental to applied science. The laboratory is organized around 4 scientific departements:

Cutting-edge intrumentation

Scène de travail en salle-blanche

Its strong research activity in instrumentation establishes C2N as a key international state-of-the-art player in the developement of new advanced tools for nanotechnologies. With these tools, nano-objects are processed, analyzed and measured with an ultimate control and spatio-temporal resolutions. These tools are at the same time developped and launched on the market in partnership with leading manufacturers in the field.

The 4 main research axes

Department of Photonics

Research activities in photonics focuse simultaneously on fundamental reasearch (such as control and manipulation of quantum information) as well as on applied research for short- or mid-term applications in the field of information technologies, photovoltaics or biomedical imaging and sensors. Gathering more than 180 members, this department is one of the major European pole of expertise in photonics.

Three inter-related axes are developed: Nonlinear and quantum nanophotonics, Subwavelength photonics and nano-objects and Photonics and nanophotonics devices.

Department of Nanoelectronics

Exploiting new physical concepts occuring at nanoscale, research activities in nanoelectronics cover a broad spectrum ranging from  the fundamental investigation of quantum circuits to the implementation of novel nanodevices based on the manipulation of various variables (charge, spin, phase), including the development of novel architectures such as bioinspired circuits. Two inter-related axes are developed: Nanoscale physics in novel charge and spindevices and Innovative architectures.

The department of  nanoelectronics is strongly involved in partnerships with other players on the Saclay Plateau as well as with major industrial companies to open up new applications area. All these players, gathered on the plateau, constitue one of the main European pole of expertise in spin electronics and nanophysics.

Department of Materials

Material science is at the core of a large majority of research topics at C2N. Innovating in this field is of crucial importance.Understanding growth mechanisms and correlating the material properties with their growing conditions, is one of the main challenge of the department. These objectives make use of advanced synthesis, growth and analysis techniques as well as the development of adpated theoretical and numerical tools. Activities in material science focuse mainly on nanostructures made of III-V semiconductors, Si/Ge, novel 2D materials, functional oxides and metals. Hybridization of various materials is another challenge, opening the way to the implementation of novel functionalities. These activities are pursued in strong interaction with photonics, nanoelectronics, devices and systems.

6 inter-realted axes are developed : Small-dimensionality objects, Hybridization, Mixed interfaces, Topological materials, Integration stratégies, Theory, modeling and simulation, and Analysis.

Department of Microsystems and Nanobiofluidics

Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), whose emergence is recent, have shown a very high potential for the investigation of fundamental physical phenomena or for the implementation of ultra-sensitive sensors and miniaturized clocks.

Moreover, applications of micro-nano-technologies in the health field, constitute a major research domain, in particular in the Île-de-France region that gathers a large number of university-affiliated hospitals.

3 inter-related axes are developed: Micro- Nano- Systems and Instrumentation, Micro- Nano- Devices for biomedical applications and Micro- Nano- Fluidics and biotechnologies.