Interaction plasma surface
PIIM - UMR 7345

Physics of the Interactions of Ions and Molecules


PIIM is a joint research laboratory of the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University located in Marseille, France. It brings together physicists and physical chemists who study dilute media - such as gases, plasmas and beams of ions, atoms and/or molecules - as well as their interactions with matter. Our researchers aim to understand the physical phenomena in these media in order to analyse and characterise matter.

Honoris Causa - Pr. Richard W. Lee

Richard W. Lee, Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, a long-term partner of the PIIM laboratory has been awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Aix-Marseille University by President Eric Berton.

New Era, New Xenes !

Interest in elemental two-dimensional materials beyond graphene (called Xenes), that exhibit unique and potential game-changing properties, and promise tantalizing applications, has ignited after the successful experimental realization of silicene1 in 2012 by Prof. Guy Le Lay* and his co-workers. Since then, the "Growth and properties of silicene" has been the first "Hot research front" in Condensed Matter Physics2, launching a new Postgraphene Era, which has culminated with the first realization of Plumbene3 with Prof. Junji Yuhara, Nagoya University, in 2019. *Emeritus Professor, Plasma-Surface Group