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Les systèmes auto-assemblés (anglais)

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The axis “Self-assembled
Systems” rests on a
multidisciplinary vision,
articulated around a
broad and unique set of
competences at ICS, and
with the aim of building
new objects for materials
science. The targeted
objectives are in relation
with a series of current scientific challenges which
often require crossed expertise to be addressed, going
from synthetic chemistry to theoretical physics. These
fundamental investigations are also intended to evolve
towards applications in biology, medicine, materials,
and nanosciences.

Organisation

A number of ambitious projects along this research
axis are today performed at the Institut Charles
Sadron, thanks to an exceptional combination of high
level competences :

1) in physics and chemistry of functional amphiphiles.
2) in organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry.
3) in the synthesis of block copolymers.
4) in the physics related to the structuration and the dynamic of self-assemblies.
5) in the theory and simulation of these systems (see below).

These competences are distributed within
four research teams (SAMS, M3
, SOFFT, and
Sycommor), each one being also specialized in more
specific objects such as :

1) fluorinated self-assembled systems and interfaces.
2) phospholipid bilayers.
3) dynamic combinatorial systems.
4) gelators.
5) selfassembled polymer networks.
6) \pi-conjugated systems.

These objects, often built for addressing the
previously raised fundamental questions, are also the
vectors of potential applications in domains such as :

1) biomaterials including those for therapeutics and diagnostics.
2) materials for sustainable development.
3) responsive and adaptive “smart” materials.
4) materials for optics and electronics.
5) hybrid materials.
6) molecular motors.

In addition, we are currently witnessing the
strengthening of collaborations operating with the
theory group on a number of experimental projects ; a
theory group which itself starts developing biophysics
approaches that are linked by essence to self-assembly
processes.
Thus, by bringing these broad and deep theoretical
and experimental skills, together with the historical
know-how of the laboratory, that are polymer
synthesis, electronic microscopies ; atomic force
microscopy ; light, neutron, and X-ray scatterings ;
advantageously completed by the characterization
platform (SEC-GPC, DSC, NMR, etc.), the ICS holds a
unique potential in France to succeed in providing a
major scientific contribution towards self-assembled
systems, with the objective of taking a leadership at
the international level within the next five years.