Contact details

Light, nanomaterials, nanotechnologies (L2n) Troyes Technological University & CNRS UMR 7076 12 rue Marie Curie - CS 42060 - 10004 Troyes Cedex France


  • Since Dec. 2019 Associate Prof., UTT, Troyes
  • Since Feb. 2023 Deputy head of the Material Science (MTE) engineering program
  • Feb. 2019 - Feb. 2023 Head of the Material Science (MTE) engineering program (~200 students)
  • May 2015–Feb. 2016 King’s College London, UK – Visiting Research Fellow
  • Sep. 2008 – Dec. 2019 Assistant Prof. UTT, Troyes
  • 2006–2008 Fresnel Institute, Marseille – Post-doctoral fellow
  • 2005–2006 FEMTO-ST Institute, Besançon – Post-doctoral fellow
  • 2004–2005 Université Paris-Sud – Post-doctoral fellow
  • 2003–2004 Université de Bourgogne – Teaching assistant, Laboratoire de Physique


  • 2019 Research habilitation (HDR) in Physics, Sorbonne University, Paris.
  • 2004 PhD in physics, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon (thesis advisor : F. de Fornel)

Teaching activities

  • ME10: materials for energy (solar energy)
  • MA02: physics of matter
  • MA05: solid-state physics
  • TNOP: optical technologies

Main research topics

  • light-matter interaction at the nanoscale
  • plasmonics, especially aluminum-based plasmonics
  • optical antennas
  • chiral nanostructures and chirality at the nanoscale

Significant publications

  • Photochemical imaging of near-field and dissymmetry factor in chiral nanostructures, T. Aoudjit, A. Horrer, S. Kostcheev, R. Bachelot, J. Plain, D. Gérard, Adv. Opt. Mat. 11, 2203015 (2023)
  • Aluminum Cayley trees as scalable, broadband, multiresonant optical antennas, T. Simon, X. Li, J. Martin, D. Khlopin, O. Stéfan, M. Kociak, D. Gérard, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 119, e2116833119 (2022)
  • Electrically Switchable, Polarization-Sensitive Encryption Based on Aluminum Nanoaperture Arrays Integrated with Polymer-Dispersed Liquid Crystals, K. Li, J. Wang, W. Cai, H. He, M. Cen, D. Luo, Q. Mu, D. G ́erard, Y. J. Liu, Nano Lett. 21, 7183-7190 (2021) 
  • Optical polarization analogue in free electron beams, H. Lourenço-Martins, D. Gérard, M. Kociak, Nat. Phys. 17, 598-603 (2021) 
  • Local optical chirality induced by near-field mode interference in achiral plasmonic metamolecules, A. Horrer, Y. Zhang, D. Gérard, J. Béal, M. Kociak, J. Plain, R. Bachelot, Nano Lett. 20, 509-516 (2020) 
  • Single Emitter Fluorescence Enhancement with Surface Lattice Resonances, F. Laux, N. Bonod, D. Gérard, J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 13280-13289 (2017) 
  • Lattice modes and plasmonic linewidth engineering in gold and aluminum nanoparticle arrays, D. Khlopin, F. Laux, W.P. Wardley, J. Martin, J. Plain, N. Bonod, A.V. Zayats, W. Dickson, D. Gérard, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 34, 691-700 (2017) 
  • Aluminium plasmonics, D. Gérard, S. K. Gray, J. Phys. D : Appl. Phys. 48, 184001 (2015) 
  • High-Resolution Imaging and Spectroscopy of Multipolar Plasmonic Resonances in Aluminum Nanoantennas, J. Martin, M. Kociak, Z. Mahfoud, J. Proust, D. Gérard, J. Plain, Nano Lett. 14, 5517-5523 (2014)
  • Plasmonic engineering of spontaneous emission from silicon nanocrystals, J. Goffard, D. Gérard, P. Miska, A-L. Baudrion, R. Deturche, J. Plain, Sci. Rep. 3, 2672 (2013)
Date of update 15 mars 2024