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Functional materials

This theme focuses our efforts on the development of innovative functionalised materials and on the relationship between their structure and their properties (in particular, their surface reactivity in solution). We build on our expertise on physical chemistry techniques and in particular electrochemistry, spectroscopy and microscopy.

# Lamellar double hydroxides and oxides

Our investigations are centred on the modulation of the physical chemistry properties of iron oxide surfaces and of the interlayer space of lamellar double hydroxide by varying the synthesis conditions and by post-synthesis functionalisation (sorption or intercalation). We aim at understanding and controlling the structural, electronic and vibrational properties of these materials to develop their environmental applications (such as sorption and the degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants) and antimicrobial action.

# Sol-gel, mesoporous and (bio)hybrids

Materials prepared by sol-gel routes (mainly silicates) offer several possibilities a) to form organic-inorganic hybrids; b) to host reactive structures (host molecules, catalysts and biomolecules); c) to achieve order and orient mesoporous structures. The aim is to develop new materials offering properties that can be exploited for electrocatalytic (bio)reactors and sensors.

 # Nano-objects and nanomaterials

Nano-objects are characterised as precisely as possible by various techniques that exploit our expertise in spectroscopy and electrochemistry. We also focus on carbon (nanotubes) and inorganic (silica and iron oxide nanoparticles) nano-objects. These objects can then be introduced in bioelectrochemical systems to favour electron transfer between the electrode and redox proteins or bacteria.