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Nanotechnologies and Function-oriented Materials

Nanotechnologies, the manipulation, assembly and observation of matter at its ’ultimate’ limits (10-9) – enable design and creation of nano-devices with hitherto unknown properties and optical functions.

"New nanomaterials, extremely sensitive sensors, new anti-cancer drugs/therapies, integration at very low physical scales of opto-electronic devices… nanotechnologies
are accompanying the ongoing digital and ecological revolutions."

Research activities

Research units involved

ACTION – A certified programme benefitting from the Government Incentive framework scheme “Investments for the Future”

The Government ’Labex’ ACTION certified programme relates to the integration of smart systems in matter. The programme objectives lie in the design and operational assembly of photonic systems on chip substrates for use in highly complex computation, and of “smart” structures that offer more functions, with higher reliability rates, for vehicles, energy control devices, medical instruments and equipment. The three founder members are: FEMTO-ST (Besançon), ICB (Dijon), UTT-L2n (Troyes).


Nano’mat is a dual site platform (Troyes and Reims) specialized in nanofabrication and nano-characterization for numerous applications. Its purpose and main aims are to accompany research work, alongside academic and industrial development.


  • Development of Optical Sensors for various applications (“excellence” certified Labex Chair in nano- and integrated sensors);
  • Novel nanoparticle synthesis (Aluminium, zinc oxide);
  • Integrated Lenses (polymer lenses fitted to optical fibre cables, axicon lenses mounted on substrates);
  • Development of an integrated spectrometer (SWIFT, COBISS);
  • Nanostructuration of surface grains using the SMAT technology;
  • Integrated Light Sources, ranging from single photon emitters (used for quantum computing), to LED assemblies for general lighting purposes.

Collaboration with private enterprises

  • Creation of the In-Fine Lab, a joint venture between UTT-L2n and Surys, i.e., a laboratory designed for the development of large-scale films and nanostructured surfaces with unusual and interesting optical properties. The objective assigned to the laboratory is to encourage and enhance the emergence of new products making the best use of the UTT’s special nanot echnology oriented skills, transposable to the structuring of industrial polymer films. This partnership with the company Surys allows the research scientists to develop new structures via modelling, design and nanofabrication – up to and including function and industrial approval. The In-Fine Lab is now in its consolidation phase, as confirmed by the 5-year extension of the framework agreement – now valid until 2022.
  • Woodoo, a pioneering start-up in the field of bionic wood fabrication, chose UTT-Troyes to accompany their R&D work. The company has developed a patented technology for the fabrication of translucid, rotproof wood, three times more rigid than natural wood and more fire-resistant.
  • Development of a layered structured protection for a scintillating crystal, with Napa-technologies.


Master's Degree in

Optics and nanotechnologies

This Master’s degree focuses on the light-matter interactions at a nanometric scale, addressing a range of topics, from nano-materials to associate instruments and devices. The training acquired opens the way to R&D professions in nanotechnologies.

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Engineering diploma in

Technologies and economics of materials

Student engineers enrolled on this course are trained in a multidisciplinary manner in a range of scientific and technological, economic and environmental fields. They are capable of sizing and scaling, choosing and shaping materials, in a global approach in compliance with industrial and societal constraints 3 professional elective specialisations are offered, covering material treatments, from purchasing to transformation and recycling:
  • The economics of materials and the environment
  • Material and component technologies and associated trades
  • Transformation and quality factors in materials
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Graduate School


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Material sciences, mechanical engineering, optics and nanotechnologies

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Date of update 02 septembre 2021