Research

Our research activity focuses on the role of interfaces in the dynamics of liquids and soft matter. We explore a wide range of length scales: from the basic coupling mechanisms taking place at the nanoscale, to their consequences on the dynamics at the macroscale.

On the experimental side, probing such wide range of length scales is made possible by using a variety of tools: nano-  and micro-fluidic systems, optical measurements (confocal microscopy, FRAP, micro-PIV, FCS, Brillouin spectroscopy, etc.), electrokinetic approaches (patch-clamp, Coulter counter, etc.), and imagery (high-speed camera, etc.).

Our research activity unfolds around six main themes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanofluidics

or how water flows at the nanoscale...

 

 

 

   

Multiscale interfaces

or how nanometric features can govern dynamics at the micro and macro scales...

 

Water under extreme conditions

or why some water properties remain to be understood...

 

 

   

Active matter

or how crowds of active particles behave...

 

Complex fluids

or how soft materials deform and break...

   

Mechanics of interfaces

or how materials break...

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