Interaction plasma surface
UMR 7345

Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires


The "Physics of Ionic and Molecular Interactions" laboratory (PIIM), is a joint Research Unit (UMR in French) between the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University located in Marseille. It brings together physicists and physico-chemists who study diluted media such as gases, plasmas, ion, atom and/or molecule beams, as well as their interactions with matter. The work of its researchers aims 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