• Innovative polymer materials
  • Soft Matter
  • Controling microstructure
  • Understanding materials properties from the atomic scale
  • Anticoherent spin states
  • Atomic laser cooling
Welcome to the CESAM web site

CESAM (Complex and Entangled Systems from Atoms to Materials) develops activities in fundamental and applied research, in the scientific fields between the physics and chemistry of materials and atomic and nuclear physics, including complex and soft matter physics. Through its member labs, the CESAM research unit (UR) integrates a coherent ensemble of expertises in both theory and experiment, favoring multidisciplinary approaches for systems going from individual atoms to the most complex of materials. 

In order to carry out its objectives in fundamental and applied research, the research unit is structured in 5 centers which focus on :
> Macromolecular chemistry
> Chemistry of inorganic materials
> Physics of soft matter and complex systems
> Atomic and nuclear physics
> Physics of quantum materials


Beyond their individual activities and fields of expertise, the centers collaborate in the development of several transversal research axes, in particular functional materials, granular matter, and quantum systems. 

The CESAM scientific community integrates three facets of research : theory and modelling, synthesis and fabrication, and experimental characterization.


We are grateful to all funding agencies that support our research, amongst which:

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PhD defense of Philip Benjamin Vincent SCHOLTEN

The PhD defense of Philip Benjamin Vincent SCHOLTEN will take place on April 9, 2019 at 15.00 pm, room R30 (B6d). The PhD thesis "Design, synthesis and properties of novel bio-based and ethylene-based copolymers" was supervised by C. Detrembleur (CERM, CESAM, ULiege) and by M. Meier (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie).


The PhD defense of Julien SCHOCKMEL will take place on February 8th, 2019 at 3.00 pm in room S74, B4 building (Amphithéâtres de l’Europe). The PhD thesis « Self-organization of a monolayer of magnetized beads » was supervised by Prof. Geoffroy LUMAY (GRASP, ULiege).

Seminar by Prof. Matthias WUTTIG

You are cordially invited to the seminar by Prof. Matthias WUTTIG (RWTH Aachen Universit) : Materials by Design: Taming Bond No. 6 which will take place on Thursday February 4th in auditorium A142, building B7b. Abstract of the conference.


Jean-Yves Raty has just published notable articles in Advanced Materials that place all types of crystals on a two-dimensional "map" according to their chemical bonds.

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