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Scientific activities of Institut Néel covering a large scientific field: supra-conductor, quantum fluids, new materials, crystallography, surface science, quantum Nanoelectronics, Nanomechanics, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, Spintronics, magnetism…

To reach a critical size in order to ensure competitiveness, the 450 laboratory members are gathered in research teams and technology support groups according to their sharing common goals, concerns, expertise.

“The core expertise of Institut NEEL is fundamental research in Condensed Matter Physics, while fueling interdisciplinary actions with chemistry, engineering and life sciences.”

Our research activity

Magnetism and spintronics

Magnetism has been central to the history of research in Grenoble. Its themes have been constantly renewed, in particular with the emergence of spintronics, and it is a very active field of research at Institut Néel today.


Photonics, plasmonics and non-linear optics

Bringing together experimental and theoretical expertise in the design and growth of semiconductor heterostructures, in the manipulation of one, two or three photon systems, as well as the recent field of plasmonics.


Quantum, molecular and wide bandgap electronics

Under this heading, the Institut Néel’s activities concern quantum physics, molecular electronics and large-bandgap semiconductors.


Correlated systems, quantum fluids and superconductivity

Central to many current questions in condensed matter, the correlations induced by electronic interactions give rise to numerous exotic properties. In parallel, studies of helium, considered as a model quantum fluid, contribute to the understanding of a diversity of problems in physics.


Materials: synthesis, structure and functions

The Institut Néel deploys extensive expertise in the field of Materials Science, extending from synthesis and growth techniques to structural and functional characterization, backed by theoretical studies.



We conduct specific instrumentation research for the needs of other scientific disciplines. Beyond developments for our research, we conduct specific instrumentation research for the needs of other scientific disciplines.


Transversal actions: Theory, TGI, chemistry…

Missions are twofold :
• organize internal discussions, dissemination of expertise and access to technical setups;
• act as a spokes-actor towards partners, be they academic, societal or from the industry.