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Laboratoire de Physique de Solide

Research unit


The research activities at Laboratoire de Physique de Solide cover the following aspects: New electronic state of matter, physical phenomenas at small dimensions, soft matter and physico-bio interface. The laboratory undergoes research both theoretical and experimental on materials with outstanding properties (supraconductivity, magnetism, metal-insulating transition, etc.), These researchs are in line with industrial applications mainly in the cosmetics, food processing, petrol chemistry, medical and instrumentation sector.


  • Mrs Pascale FOURY

Innovation themes

Map and access

1, rue Nicolas Appert
Bâtiment 510
91405 ORSAY

Our research areas


Physics of condensed matter:
- supraconductivity
- small size conductors
- Hall effect
- spin liquids
- ultra cold atomic gas

- nano-objects structure
- spintronic
- superfluidity
- molecular electronics
- surface and modeling/simulation

Soft matter:
- adhesion/friction of charged elastomers
- nanotubes
- liquid crystals
- foams and emulsions
- biological fibers
- biomineralisation

Applications sectors

  • Energy
  • Agri-food industry
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Cosmetics

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 226
Number of researchers : 94
Number of doctoral students : 42

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academic :
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) platform
- Xray Diffraction platform
- spectroscopy platform : photoemission spectroscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS)
- electronic microscopy platform: cryo-electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
- synthesis of materials: electronic litography, ultra high vacuum chamber (UHV)
- measurements under extreme conditions: dilution cryostate, measurements under high pressures
- measurements of physico-magnetic properties : atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM), SQUID, rheology (volume and interface), equipment for interface study
- physico-chemical characterisation of materials (IR,DSC,Zeta,...)
- confocal microscopy
- cluster for numerical simulations

Industrial :
- rheology (volume and interface)
- variety of instruments to study interface science
- transmission electron microscopy and associated spectroscopies
- physico-chemical characterisation of materials


Our results

Valuation offer

The laboratory is known for its competences in the electronic domain. A patent was granted on technology developed in the laboratory regarding new supports for memory storage and formation of logic circuit http://www.fist.fr/catalogue-cnrs/memristif-element-and-electronic-memory-based-on-such-element-2

Projects examples

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- France: various collaborations with local research centers (CNano) and national (GDR, METSA), partecipation on ANR national projects. the laboratory is involved as well in projects such as LABEX GANEX and LABEX PALM.
- Europe: projects Marie-Curie, european research council (ERC) Junior Starting Grant
- International: several international collaboration (USA, Japan, Geneva, Singapour, Argentina)

Private collaborations

Laboratoire de Physique de Solide has several collaborations with PME and large french, european and international groups.


Establishments of affiliation