Materials Department

The Department Materials is comprised of 5 research groups, which cover many families of semi-conductors:   IV-IV, III-V, oxide as well as novel bi-dimensionnal compounds.

Research groups:

Material science is at the core of a large majority of research topics at C2N. Innovating in this field is of crucial importance.The Department of Materials has two general objectives :

- to conduct its own research activities in material science, from the physics of growth to the control of various material properties;
- to interact with the 3 other departments, collaborate with external groups and provide samples and devices.

Understanding growth mechanisms and correlating the material properties with their growth conditions, is one of the main challenge of the Department. To this aim, we use advanced equipments for growth and analysis. We also develop adapted theoretical and numerical tools. Our activities in material science focus mainly on nanostructures made of III-V semiconductors (, teams), Si/Ge (, , teams), novel 2D materials ( team) and functional oxides ( team). Hybridization of these various materials is another challenge, opening the way to novel functionalities. These activities are pursued in strong interaction with photonics, nanoelectronics, devices and systems.


  • December 2018:

Key Figures


2 Research Axes :

  • Nanomaterials, epitaxy and surface science, characterization

  • Materials and structures for optoelectronic and photonic devices

5 Research Groups

2 Technical Platfoms

  • Material Epitaxy (POEM)
  • Material Characterization (PANAM)

1 International associated laboratory

  • LIA PHYNICS  F. Glas

15 CNRS research staff members

6 Faculty members

8 Engineers


Heads of Department