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Science and Engineery of Materials and Processes


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 :


EuroCVD22 Prize

The prize of the best presentation (session K) was awarded to Adrien Moll, postdoc researcher in TOP and GPM2 groups during the EuroCVD22-BalticAlD16 conference held at Luxembourg from 24th to 28th of June. His works deals with the functionnalization of architectured structures coated by CVD or ALD.



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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Date of update September 23, 2019


I. Nuta (Leader)
R. Boichot (Co-Leader)
F. Fonseca (Administrative)

Find us

TOP Team / SIMAP Laboratory
 "Recherche" building
1130, rue de la piscine
38402 St Martin d'Hères


Staff TOP 2019
Univ. Grenoble Alpes