The Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (National Center for Scientific Research)

CNRS is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS has the following missions:

  • To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society.
  • To contribute to the application and promotion of research results.
  • To develop scientific information.
  • To support research training.
  • To participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its seven institutes, among which the INP – Institute of Physics – . The activities of the Institute of Physics aim both to further our understanding of matter, radiation and fundamental interactions, and develop cutting-edge technologies in the fields of nanosciences, molecules, materials, processes and structures, and instrumentation. This research is developped in 76 research and service units and 12 research federations, among which the Laboratory for Photonics and Nanostructures.

Dr. Isabelle Robert-Philip

The Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures -LPN- gather 50 permanent research staff, 41 technical staff, and about sixty non-permanent staff. Its research focuses on physics at nanoscale and spans the whole spectrum from fundamentals to exploratory applications in the fields of:

  • nano-materials science (growth and physics of novel semiconductor materials and nano-objects),
  • nano-optics and photonics (quantum optics, nonlinear optics, photonic devices),
  • nano-electronics (quantum physics and electronics, spintronics, nanomagnetism, electronic devices)
  • micro-fluidics and nano-biology (microfluidic devices, lab-on-chip).

LPN is present throughout the chain of research and innovation, from multidisciplinary and collaborative research, generating novel concepts, objects and processes in the nanoworld, up to the demonstration of new devices in electronics and photonics. It also houses cutting-edge growth and processing facilities, together with advanced characterization tools. It is one of the French National Nanofabrication Facilities fostering collaboration with other academic research teams and providing an integrated working environment to outside partners and PhD students.