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Science in CEMES

The Centre d’Élaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES / CNRS) is a CNRS laboratory (CNRS UPR 8011) associated with the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA). Founded in 1988 CEMES  is a continuation of the Laboratoire d’Optique Electronique (LOE) created in 1957 by the professor Gaston Dupouy.

CEMES is a laboratory for fundamental research in materials science, solid state physics, molecular chemistry. The scientific activities that are developed there cover a broad spectrum ranging from synthesis of (nano) materials and molecular systems, studying and modeling their structure and their physical properties (optical, mechanical, electronic and magnetic), their integration into devices, and the manipulation of these individual objects.

Most of the experimental work developed in CEMES relies on advanced instrumentation. An important part of the activities carried out in our laboratory is the instrumental and methodological developments in the key areas of CEMES that are the transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the near-field microscopy (SPM) and optical spectroscopy.

CEMES key objectives

  1. studying structures and properties of nanomaterials and nanotructures at the atomic scale,
  2. Establishing relationships between nano and microstructures and the physical properties of various kinds of materials and nanomaterials,
  3. Inventing and developing new instruments and measurement techniques and / or methodologies for the study of these "(nano) objects" at relevant scales (spatial and temporal),
  4. Creating and developing molecular nano-machines prototypes.