Pluchery Olivier

Pluchery Olivier

Professor in the Physics department at Sorbonne University
Team(s) Chemical Physics and Dynamics of Surfaces

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Sorbonne University
Institut des NanoSciences de Paris
Corridor 22-12, 4e étage, bureau 403
4 Place Jussieu, postal box 840
75005 Paris
Tél. : +33 1 44 27 94 10

  • President and founder of the French Research Network Or-Nano (Gold nanoparticles: from fundamental to applications) (running since 2006)
  • Director of the Master of optical Engineering of Sorbonne University (Master d’ingénierie Optique, MIO)
  • Active member in the steering board of the Optics & Photonics Hub of Systematic
  • Founder of the start-up project, Bichromatics.
  • Head of the AFM advanced microscopy platform of Sorbonne University (AFM-adv)

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Latest publications
A complete explanation of the plasmonic colours of gold nanoparticles and of the bichromatic effect TEXT BOOK: An Introduction to Plasmonics. How far the chemistry of self-assembled monolayers on gold surfaces affects their work function? KPFM visualisation of the Schottky barrier at the interface between gold nanoparticles and silicon
O. Pluchery, Y. Prado, W. Watkins, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2023,11, 15824-15832 O. Pluchery and J-F. Bryche
published by World Scientific (2023)
L. Bossard-Giannesini, L. Cardenas, H. Cruguel, A. Demessence, D. Loffreda, O. Pluchery
Nanoscale, 2023,15, 17113-17123
L. Lechaptois,Y. Prado O. Pluchery
Nanoscale, 2023,15, 7510-7516


extra short CV
  • 2017. Physics professor at Sorbonne University (Pierre et Marie Curie UPMC became Sorbonne Université in 2018)
  • 2010. Accreditation for supervising research (HDR in june 2010)
  • 2002. Associate Professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Sorbonne Université / Maître de conférences
  • 2002. post-doc at Lab Chimie Physique Microbiol Environn (Nancy)
  • 2001. post-doc at the Bell-Labs (Murray-Hill, NJ, USA)
  • 2000. PhD in Physics from University Paris-Sud (University Paris-Saclay now)
  • 1997. Received at the Agregation of Physics
  • 1992. Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Physics Department (now: Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay)

My current research activities focus on the electronic and plasmonic properties of gold nanoparticles.

(1) Characterization and control of the electronic properties at the scale of a single nanoparticle: work function and electrical charge
(2) Charge transport at the molecule-nanoparticle interface: Coulomb blockade and fundamental mechanism of conduction.
(3) Plasmonics and optical properties of nanoparticles linked to their electronic properties
(4) Molecular electronics : functionalization of silicon surfaces with electrically active chemical species: polyoxometallates (POM) or switchable molecules (diarylethenes, DAE).
(5) Biomolecular electronics, based on the ferritin nanocage [joint project with NTU, Singapore] (6) Plasmonic color engineering (see start-up Bichromatics).

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