Integrated Approach Textured Materials and Hybrid (ApiMath)

Scientific strategy

The team “Integrated approach of textured and hybrid materials” (ApIMaTH in French) is developing fundamental research on the synthesis and reactivity of functional materials.

Our research focuses on hybrid and porous nanostructured materials, mostly obtained through soft chemistry processes and/or efficient green chemistry routes. The main synthetic strategies make use of templating organic molecules and macromolecules with self-assembly properties. One of our goals is to understand the underlying phenomena governing the formation of materials in order to monitor the competitive and/or cooperative interactions determining their final properties: structure, texture (architecture , size, morphology) and functionality. As such, the physicochemical study of the organization at short and long range scales of colloids, polymers (synthetic and natural) and inorganic phases is at the heart of our research activity.

The family of functional nanomaterials developed in our team includes nanoparticles and micrometric powdered solids , organic-inorganic hybrid materials and nanocomposites, the applications targeted being in heterogeneous catalysis (depollution) and health (vectorisation , biomaterials). These materials are characterised using our expertise in spectroscopy (IR , NMR, fluorescence, DRUV), microscopy (optical , electronic), volumetric adsorption and small angles scattering, in combination with a sound knowledge in modelling, which adds a predictive dimension to the studies of surfaces and interfaces (structure, reactivity). Through this integrated approach, we envision to finely tune the materials’ properties to reach our specific applicative goals.


  • Self-assembly, nanostructuration, texturation, soft chemistry, sol-gel processes
  • Soft matter, colloids, polymers, biopolymers
  • Silica, apatites, lamellar double hydroxide (LDH), zeolites Nanomaterials, hydrid materials, mesoporous materials, nanoparticles,
  • Interfaces, adsorption, functionality, reactivity
  • Heterogeneous (oxidation, nitrogen oxides reduction, denitrification, …) and enzymatic catalysis, bio-inorganic chemistry, recycling
  • Scattering and diffraction of electromagnetic radiations (light, X-rays, neutrons)
  • Solid-state NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, IR and EPR,
  • Quantum chemistry calculations, cluster and periodic models, Born Oppenheimer molecular dynamics

Former members and visitors

Ana Antolin Pozueta (PhD, 2013-16), Maël Bathfield (post-doc., 2014-15), Chloé Bertrand-Drira (PhD, 2011 - 14), Sébastien Blanquer (post-doc., 2014-16), Laura Cardoso (PhD, post-doc., 2012-16), Arnaud Chaix (PhD, post-doc., 2012-16), Robin Chal (PhD, 2010-12), Xiao-Wei Cheng (post-doc., 2013-14), Eddy Dib (PhD, 2011-14), Abdelkrim El Kadib (invited Pr., 2015) , Mayra Garcia Alvarez(post-doc., 2014-15), Dania Houssein (PhD, 2009-13), Marie-Noelle Labour (PhD, 2008-12), Emilie Molina (PhD, assistant lecturer, 2011-16), Sophie Raisin (PhD, 2013-16), Alexander Sachse (post-doc., 2012-14), Christophe Trouillefou (PhD, 2011-14), Mafalda Valdez Lancinha Pereira (PhD, 2013-16)

Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier - Direction

  • Pôle Chimie Balard Recherche
  • CC 043 - 1919 route de Mende
  • 34293 Montpellier cedex 5
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