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Thermodynamics, Modelling, Process Optimisation

The TOP (Thermodynamics, Modelling, Process Optimisation) group has 15 permanent members (7 research scientists and 8 research lecturers) plus around 20 PhDs and postdoctoral research workers.

The activities are focused on three major areas: thermodynamic behaviour of materials,  optimisation of their preparation processes and modelling at atomic scale.

The aim is to understand the physicochemical properties of materials at different scales and develop preparation processes in order to improve the performance of existing materials or to define and obtain innovative materials.

The materials of interest are related primarily to the fields of microelectronics, electronics and energy:  nuclear, photovoltaic, vehicle lightening, hydrogen storage, lighting.

The group's skills are spread over the three areas :


A novel methodology for epitaxial growth of TiAlN thin films



A new approach for the deposition of superconducting thin films


First atomic layers largely determine the quality of thin films grown by ALD
First stages of ZnO growth on saphire substrate

Evolution of Crystal Structure During the Initial Stages of ZnO Atomic Layer Deposition
(R. Boichot et al., CM, 2016)

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Highlights of our team


ACerS Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award for 2016

For the article "High temperature investigation of the solid/liquid transition in the PuO2-UO2-ZrO2 system" published  in Journal of Nuclear Materials 467 (2015) 660-676. Andrea Quaini carries out his PhD work in CEA Saclay under the supervision of Fiqiri Hodaj.

2015 Acta Materialia Student Award

For Olekssi Liashenko, PhD student at  SIMaP  under the supervision of F. Hodaj for his work on the influence of Sn state on the Cu/Sn interface interaction. This interface has a key importance in brazing joining process for microelectronic.

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TOP research group
1130, rue de la piscine
38402 St Martin d'Hères


Date of update January 25, 2019

Univ. Grenoble Alpes