Presentation of the laboratory


Founded in 1988, MOLTECH-Anjou (CNRS - University of Angers) integrates more than 80 people (professors, assistant-professors, researchers, engineers, administrative staffs, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students) which are organized in five research teams of chemists and physicists (CIMI - SCL - SOMaF - ERDySS - SAMSON) .

A key characteristic of MOLTECH-Anjou lies on the convergence of the research topics, which are all focused on smart molecular materials and which are supported by expertises ranging from theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling, organic and inorganic syntheses, coordination chemistry, physical and analytical chemistry, material sciences,… to photonics. These skills are implemented into fields related to the optical and electronic properties of organic materials, with a special focus for addressable materials, molecular electronics and nanostructuration.

Marc Sallé, Director of the laboratory MOLTECH-Anjou




The CIMI (Chimie Inorganique, Matériaux et Interfaces) team

Research activities:

Molecular materials with conducting, magnetic, or optical properties; solid state structure – physical properties correlations


Crystal engineering, self-assembling, intermolecular interactions


Coordination chemistry, electroactive ligands, main group chemistry


Organic – inorganic hybrid materials with tunable physical properties


Keywords: Molecular materials – Hybrid materials – Crystalline structures – Coordination chemistry – Crystal engineering



Conjugated Linear Systems (SCL) team


The group linear conjugated systems (SCL) is interested in the molecular engineering of pi-conjugated thiophene-based oligomers and polymers.


The group is involved in the design, the organic synthesis and the evaluation of electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of compounds and in the development of organic electronics (solar cells, light emitting diodes and transistors) and modified electrodes (mono-and multilayers).


Keywords: Organic synthesis – Thiophene – polymer – organic electronics – electrochemistry – Nanotechnologies.


Team SOMaF (Synthese Organique et Materiaux Fonctionnels)

Méthodologie de synthèse en série hétérocyclique et en chimie des fullerènes pour des applications en électronique moléculaire, en détection et en photovoltaïque.

Synthetic methodology in heterocyclic and fullerene chemistries for applications in molecular electronics, chemical sensors and photovoltaics.


Supramolecular chemistry :

Construction of self-assembled molecular architectures

Molecular recognition

Electro- and photo- switchable systems.



Keywords: Organic synthesis - Supramolecular chemistry - Tetrathiafulvalene - Fullerene - Electro and photoactivity.



ERDySS team
(Electrochimie, Réactivité, Dynamique et Structuration de Surfaces)


Research interests

To develop a fundamental methodology based on electrochemical methods to establish structure/property relationships in order to understand why a specific property observed in solution can be preserved when the molecule is confined in a self-assembled monolayer,

to extend this approach by the study of interfacial reactivities: electrochemical transduction, electrocatalysis, laser desorption/ionisation, patterning…


Keywords: Electrochemistry - Modelling – Patterning - Self-assembled monolayer.


The SAMSON group (Spectroscopie Atomique et Moléculaire, Structuration de Surfaces et Optique Non-linéaire)


Subjects treated :

Our research group investigates the molecular interactions in dilute and dense media, and develops methods for photo-induced molecular structuring in materials and for the diagnosis of their optical properties. The purpose is both the fundamental understanding and the applications, especially in the area of photonics. Amongst recent issues, the spontaneous building of surface structures, the photo-induced molecular coding, or the synchronous gyration of molecular nano-machines in polymers and mono-crystals open the door toward a multitude of perspectives in engineering. Links with the environmental physical chemistry are established through the study of collective processes in the atmospheric media and the dense matter. 


Keywords: cooperativity – light scattering – van der Waals interactions – self-structuring of surface relief gratings – NLO – molecular nano-rotors.