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"Surface du Verre et Interfaces" is a joint "CNRS/Saint-Gobain Recherche" laboratory near Paris doing fundamental research along two main axes

As a joint unit, many of our research projects are closely related to Saint-Gobain products or processes. We are located in the buildings of Saint-Gobain Recherche, one of Saint-Gobain’s main research centres in the suburb of Paris. Both CNRS and Saint-Gobain staff work in the lab.

The historical core of the activity of the lab (founded in 1990) concerns oxide surfaces and functionalization by coatings or nanostructures. Recent studies include the growth and optical properties of structured surfaces, photoinduced hydrophilicity of titanium dioxide and the growth of nanostructured semi-conductor surfaces. Our focus is both on the development of new surface properties (wetting, optical) through patterning and sol-gel coatings (fabrication, charachterization and simulation) and on the mechanics of thin films and multilayers (fracture, delamination, adhesion measurements).

The aim of the second activity is to develop research projects on complex and evolving multi-phase systems relevant to the melting of glass and the processing of materials used in the building industry. Topics linked to complex and granular media or the dynamics of viscous fluids will be covered, as well as the physical chemistry of glasses. We will address the stability of foam and bubble populations in viscous fluids, drainage in unsaturated granular media, mixing of heterogeneous fluids or reactive wetting by silicate liquids.