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Electrical excitation of surface

plasmons with the STM

Quantum Interferences

at Graphene edges

Silicene Honeycomb

on Ag(111)

Stilbene isomerization

on Si(100) at 5K

Electronic contact of a PTCDI

molecule on SiC(0001)

The Molecular Nanoscience Group

The Molecular Nanoscience Group is part of the Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, a joint research laboratory of the CNRS and Université de Paris-Sud XI. The goal of the Molecular Nanoscience Group is the creation of atomic-scale structures capable of incorporating diverse nanomachine functions (bistable molecule, single atom memory, photon nano-source, graphene and silicene nano devices, etc.).

The aim of the group is to achieve electrical and optical control of individual atomic-scale devices by combining experimental and theoretical expertise in :

  • the fabrication of functionalized atomic and molecular devices on surface
  • the electronic, optical and quantum control of such devices through atomic-scale manipulation using the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Optical Spectroscopy, and Synchrotron Radiation
  • the modelling of surfaces and adsorbates in a laser beam and the STM tunnel junction

Recent Articles

Intramolecular charge transfer dynamics

H. Labidi, H. Pinto, J. Leszczynski, D. Riedel, "Exploiting a single intramolecular conformational switching Ni-TPP molecule to probe charge transfer dynamics at the nanoscale on bare Si(100)-2x1", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 19, 28982 (2017)

Resonating plasmonic Lenses

S. Cao, E. Le Moal, F. Bigourdan, J.-P. Hugonin, J.-J. Greffet, A. Drezet, S. Huant, G. Dujardin, E. Boer-Duchemin, "Revealing the spectral response of a plasmonic lens using low-energy electrons", Phys. Rev. B 96, 115419 (2017)

Single layer NaCl islands on Ag(110)

K. Quertite, K. Lasri, H. Enriquez, A. J. Mayne, A. Bendounan, G. Dujardin, N. Trcera, W. Malone, A. El kenz, A. Benyoussef, A. Kara, H. Oughaddou, "Atomic structure of sub-monolayer NaCl grown on Ag(110) surface", J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 202172 (2017)

Dirac cone in 2D Silicene

S. Sadeddine, H. Enriquez, A. Bendounan, P.K. Das, I. Vobornik, A.J. Mayne, G. Dujardin, F. Sirotti, A. Kara, H. Oughaddou, “Compelling experimental evidence of a Dirac cone in the electronic structure of a 2D Silicon layer”, Scientific Reports 7, 44400 (2017)




Fourth Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Materials and Renewable Energies

Marrakech, Morocco

8th-11th May2017

Chairs : Khalil Amine, Azzedine Bendounan, Abdelilah Kaddouri, AbdelKader Kara, Jean-Louis Lemarre, Andrew Mayne, Hamid Oughaddou


Sixth International Conference on Silicene (IMS-5)

SOLEIL Synchrotron, Saclay, France

13-15 December 2017

Chairs : Azzedine Bendounan, AbdelKader Kara, Hamid Oughaddou