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1. Materials science, surfaces and interfaces

Materials science1New high technicity and added value thin film and hybrid materials (organic-inorganic) are produced by plasma treatment techniques (erosion, deposition, functionalisation), thin film deposition by evaporation and ion implantation tools. 

Material surfaces generate many of their proprieties: this is where interactions with the material environment happen.  In the same way, assembling materials of different natures (polymers-metal, glass-polymers, metal-oxide...) also generates new proprieties at the created interfaces. Big companies which are active in the glass, metal or semiconductors business perform elaborate surface treatments, making leading-edge research in this field a must. 

SIAM offers synthesis and analysis techniques which enable to measure the elementary and chemical composition, the structure of matter from nanometre to micrometre and to make a chemical map at a micrometric resolution.

2. Ion/Matter interaction Nuclear reaction

SIAM enables fundamental as well as applied research on ion interaction with matter (from KeV to MeV).  As an example, nuclear reactions inside stars (CNO cycle, for instance) are the same for material analysis. 

Organic matter degradation under ion irradiation can also be followed precisely. 

3. Life science

Life scienceAll the knowledge mentionned in the 2 above fields also serves life science.

Helped by biologists, we study experimental and theoretical cell response to photon or particle irradiation.  The ALTAÏS particle accelerator enables to irradiate (in vitro) different types of cell with photons, alphas, Li and carbon ions (Hadrontherapy).  We can also synthetise radioactive nanoparticles and study cell response when exposed to them.