Laboratoire Charles Coulomb UMR 5221 CNRS/UM2 (L2C)


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Thème : Interfaces complexes


Physics of interfaces have enjoyed a renewed interest thanks to the introduction of new experimental tools and theoretical concepts able to design and rationalize interfaces with large degree of complexity (surfaces with controlled gaussian curvatures, liquid crystal shells), in which colloidal systems show original dynamics. Thanks to lithography and microfluidics, such complex interfaces are designed. In this context, the main results of the group concern : (1) the design and characterization of liquid interfaces presenting complex morphologies and order and their coupling with colloidal particles trapped on them ; and (2) the characterization of static and dynamic properties of liquid crystal interfaces presenting correlated quenched disorder.
We have expertise with manipulations of particles based on optical tweezers or microfluidic approaches. We have also developed original experimental setups based on optical tools (microscopy, optical trappings, scattering, holography and ellipsometry) allow measuring diffusion coefficients, contact angles and interactions between colloids at these interfaces.

Smetic shell displaying a textural instability



Surfoids : Colloids @ fluid interfaces

Surfoids : Colloids @ fluid interfaces.
The interface between two fluids is extremely efficient to trap particles ranging from nanometer to millimeter sizes. In the past, this strong 2D (...)

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Liquid crystal emulsions

Liquid crystal emulsions
Competition between elasticity and interface tension might also produce complex shapes in liquid crystals emulsions. Using surfactants design and microfluidics (...)

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Disorder and dynamics at liquid crystal/solid interfaces

Disorder and dynamics at liquid crystal/solid interfaces
Anisotropic particles, because of their extra orientational degree of freedom, have in general a much richer behavior than spherical (...)

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PIC micelles as structuring agents for mesoporous materials

Structured mesoporous materials present surfaces that are used as catalyst support and large porous volumes that are used as drug cargo. Such materials are synthesized through templating silica (...)

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