Partner 1: Institut FEMTO-ST (

FEMTO-ST is a joint research unit affiliated to the CNRS and the University of Franche-Comté in the domain of Applied Physics. FEMTO-ST possesses a strong background in the synthesis of organic molecules and in the study of their self-assembly on a silicon surface at room temperature by STM experiments, which is the starting point for the elaboration of OTIs. Since 2007, the group involved in ORGANI'SO has published more than 30 papers in the field of supramolecular self-assembly on surfaces investigated by scanning probe microscopies. FEMTO-ST possess the following facilities (NMR, UV-Vis and FT-IR spectra for solid or liquid samples characterization, an UHV-Electrospray, 1 UHV-VT-STM, 1 UHV-VT-STM/AFM and AFM) which will fully used for ORGAN’ISO

·   G. Copie, F. Cleri, Y. Makoudi, F. Chérioux, F. Palmino, B. Grandidier, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 066101 (2015)

·   B. Baris, J. Jeannoutot, V. Luzet, F. Palmino, et al., ACS Nano 6, 6905 (2012)

·   B. Baris, E. Duverger, P. Sonnet, F. Palmino, F. Chérioux, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 50, 4094 (2011).

Partner 2: Institut Néel (

Institut NEEL is a CNRS research unit with core expertise in condensed matter Physics. Relevant to the project is the acknowledged expertise in (i) scanning probe microscopy/spectroscopy (5 STMs hosted at the lab), in (ii) materials science from bulk materials, to biomaterials, complex oxides, semiconductor heterostructures/nanostructures, 2D materials (including their synthesis and advanced characterization) and TIs (arXiv:1307.2008), (iii) in mesoscopic physics and of the relevant nanofabrication techniques, (iv) in thermodynamics of small systems, and (iv) in numerical simulations of the electronic and structural properties. The facilities that will be used by the project include a multitechnique UHV ensemble equipped with an STM (, a variable temperature STM, an atmospheric-pressure STM, two high resolution Raman spectrometer/microscopes, one of which adapted for variable temperature measurements as a function of a back-gate voltage applied to the samples, the NanoFab platform (, a nanochemistry room, X-ray diffractometers, a low-temperature refrigerator dedicated to low-noise transport experiments in devices, and local computers for simulations/calculations. Access to national computational facilities will be requested in the framework of proposals submitted to IDRIS-GENCI. Interactions with  members (Olivier Bourgeois and co-workers) of the team at Institut Néel working on thermodynamics of small system will be envisaged in the course of the project.

·   J. Landers, F. Chérioux, M. De Santis, N. Bendiab, S. Lamare, L. Magaud & J. Coraux. Invited article, 2D Materials 1, 034005 (2014)

·   V. Bouchiat, Z. Han, J. Coraux. Method and apparatus for forming a graphene layer. US Patent submitted #13/887,424

·   Z. Han, A. Allain, H. Arjmandi-Tash, K. Tikhonov, M. Feigel'man, B. Sacépé, V. Bouchiat. Nature Phys. 10, 380 (2014)

Partner 3: IPCMS

IPCMS is a joint research unit of the CNRS and of the University of Strasbourg (UMR 7504, Organic and molecular spintronics have been among the main activities of the IPCMS for several years now and the project ORGANI'SO is pivotal to future research of this kind at the Institute. The STM experiments will be closely supervised by Laurent Limot (42 years old) and by Guillaume Schull (34 years old). Both are CNRS researchers within their group at the IPCMS ( Two cryogenic STMs are available in the group with working temperatures down to 2.6 K. The group has a renowned expertise in molecular electronics and spintronics and, more specifically, in transport measurements across single objects such as magnetic atoms, C60 molecules or polymers bridging the STM tip and the surface (two-terminal configuration).

·   G. Reecht, F. Scheurer, V. Speisser et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 047403 (2014)

·   D.-J. Choi, M. V. Rastei, P. Simon, L. Limot, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 266803 (2012)

·   C. Iacovita, M.V. Rastei, B.W. Heinrich et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 116602 (2008)