IPCMS (“Institut de Physique et Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS), UMR 7504 CNRS – Université de Strasbourg”) was created in 1987 by merging five distinct research units active in physics and chemistry of condensed matter. To date, IPCMS is a research center at the forefront of international research in the areas of nanomaterials and nanosciences. The multidisciplinary character of IPCMS is exemplified by cutting edge activities in spintronics, magnetism, ultra-fast optics, electronic microscopy, STM, biomaterials, synthesis and characterization of functional organic-inorganic materials. By spanning a wide range of observation scales, IPCMS studies are able to highlight properties of nano-scale objects, including supported molecules, organized nanostructures on surfaces as well as nano-devices. IPCMS can rely on a large variety of experimental equipments, finalized to the conception and characterization of materials. Theory plays also an important role in IPCMS activities. The award to IPCMS of French excellence grants such as “LabEX NIE” and “EquipEX UNION et UTEM” exemplifies the leading role of this institute.
IPCMS is located on the Cronenbourg campus and it is affiliated to the national CNRS institutes of Physics and Chemistry. Close links are also established with nearby chemical/materials schools (ECPM, Chemistry Faculty of University of Strasbourg) as well as with the physical-engineering school “Telecom Physique”. 240 people work at IPCMS, among them about 80 are researchers and university professors/assistants while 60 belong to the technical and administrative staff.