Metals and ceramics have been synthesized since prehistoric ages and now constitute the basis of modern electronics, optics and green energy applications.
However, structural diversity of these solid-state materials is much limited compared to organic molecules which e.g. our bodies are comprised of.
We aim at breaking such barriers in chemical space of chalcogenides through low-temperature & stepwise syntheses, advanced characterisation of complex nanostructures and new theoretical frameworks.
19/12/2023 Please check our recent article in Solid State Sciences demonstrating intercalation of Fe and Ni into the layered oxysulfide La2O2S2.
07/11/2023 Our review paper about the uses of anionic redox for design of crystal structures and functional materials is now available in ACS Organic & Inorganic Au as open access!
08/09/2023 Our report about the novel rare-earth oxysulfides prepared by sulfur deintercalation is now published in Chemistry of Materials ! It is one of the main project of our former PhD student Louis.
30/06/2023 Our project to make use of anionic redox topochemistry for materials design is selected for funding by French National Research Agency (ANR) ! Positions for a M2 intern and a PhD candidate will be open for starting in 2024.
23/05/2023 Design of the exotic intergrowth structures taking advantage of anionic redox topochemistry, a part of Shunsuke’s postdoc project in Oxford, is now published in Nature Communications ! Please check it out.
01/05/2023 A study done by our former PhD student Louis about orientational disorder of sulfur dimers in solids is now published in Inorganic Chemistry !
01/04/2023 The website is created.
Functionalities of materials arise from their structures, and thereby it is an ultimate dream for chemists to manipulate arrangements of the constituent atoms precisely as desired. Thousands of different enzymes in our body can cut or connect specifically targeted chemical bonds, and so do the modern genome-editing technology and coupling reactions in organic chemistry, enabling tailor-made design of complex molecular structures with superior functionalities. Then, how about inorganic solid-state materials? Is such a chemical bond editing possible for minerals, ceramics and metals without destructing their overall crystal structures? We have recently proposed to make use of redox-active chalcogen-chalcogen bonds in solids for constructing 2D layers or for triggering deintercalation of bulky chalcogen anions. This discovery made us embark in exploration of new functional materials utilizing this new toolbox for chemical bond editing – i.e. cutting & connecting only targeted anionic covalent bonds without altering other moieties.
Are you a master or PhD student passionate about solid-state chemistry, crystallography, condensed matter physics or design of functional materials? We are looking for young enthusiasts who can work together with us to push forward one of the most challenging frontiers in solid-state chemistry, through developing new synthetic methodologies, learning cutting-edge characterisation tools and unlocking theories behind observations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us now, because the earlier you start preparations, the more opportunities will be available!