Innovative Materials

The Graduate School of Innovative Materials aims to train students in the fields of soft condensed matter and materials science. This training allows students to image and explore new ways of designing new materials and understanding complex systems to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


To order to meet future challenges in the fields of health and preservation of the planet, there is a growing need of research and training regarding innovative materials and complex systems to understanding future societal issues.

With this in mind, the Graduate School of Innovative Materials encourages students’ interest in the design of new materials. So that they can apprehend and understand the design of complex systems emerging from the current challenges of society. With a broad field of research on application (bioengineering, catalysis, optical devices, telecommunications, medicine, energy, information storage and reading), the Graduate School of Innovative Materials aims to train experts able to study the fundamental properties of these new materials interacting with their surrounding environment.

All these subjects benefit from new developments in modelling and simulation, as well as from the breakthrough of artificial intelligence in all fields of science. Through this interdisciplinary approach, the aim of the Graduate School of Innovative Materials is to train experts with a broad scientific background, fostering interactions between different disciplines: notably physics, chemistry, biology, geophysics and medicine, in order to make dramatic progress in understanding and meeting future needs.


Florence GAZEAU


The research topics of the Graduate School of Innovative Materials cover all aspects of materials science and include the following fields:

  • Bio-materials, bio-material synthesis and bio-genetic materials
  • Complex systems and soft matter
  • Detection and metrology devices (meta-materials, quantum sensors, time-resolved IR/Raman spectroscopy and microscopy…)
  • Interaction of materials with their environments (gaseous and liquid environments, natural environments…)
  • Life cycle of materials in their environments, biological and environmental impact
  • Materials eco-conception
  • Materials for implants-prostheses
  • Nano-materials for health and environment
  • Nano-physics: nano-electronics, nano-photonics, nano-magnetism, nano-electromechanics…
  • Surface science and nano-structures, new materials: oxides, alloys, composites, organic-inorgonic hybrids, nano-particles, bio-mineralisation, bio-inspired materials

The Graduate School of Innovative Materials offers students a cross-disciplinary training, in order to provide them with the best knowledge and skills:

  • Interdisciplinary approaches with research teams working in physics, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, biology and health;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the societal impact with work ranging from fundamental research to practical applications;
  • A strong involvement of start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, ensuring that students have a high level of pratical training;
  • But also privileged access to advanced technology platforms using the latest instrumental developments.


  • Florence GAZEAU
    Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Prof. Christian RICOLLEAU
    Professor at Université Paris Cité

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