Nathalie Destouches 


University of Lyon, University of Saint-Etienne

Hubert Curien Laboratory                                                                                     
UMR CNRS 5516                                                                                      
18 Rue du Professeur Benoît Lauras
42000 Saint-Etienne

Tel : +33 (0)6 07 79 52 31
Fax : +33 (0)4 77 91 57 81
e-mail : nathalie.destouches[at]

Research interests
Teaching activity
Scientific collaborators (2009-present)
Invited talks in international and national conferences


Extended CV here
(updated in May 2018)


I graduated in 1998 as an engineer in optics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique de Marseille, France. I got my Ph. D. degree at Fresnel Institute and University of Aix-Marseille III in 2001. My research work dealt with scattering and speckle interferometry for the characterization of both diffraction gratings and rough surfaces. Then I was a postdoctoral member at the Laboratory of Glasses in Montpellier, in the field of surface characterization at the nanometer scale. In 2002 I joined the Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et Instrumentation (LTSI), which became the Laboratory Hubert Curien (LabHC) in 2006, and the University Jean Monnet (UJM) where I am currently professor. I first worked on the design, making and characterization of resonant gratings for filtering applications. Since 2006, I have been leading the "Nanoparticles" team at LabHC where we use light to tailor the optical properties of metal nanoparticles.  I am also the coordinator of master degree Optics Image Vision Multimedia and I serve as the scientific leader of the division "Perception engineering & white light processing" of the Laboratory of Excellence MANUTECH-SISE. I recently went on two long stays as an affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA to develop a collaborative work on in operando optical and X-ray characterization of laser-induced self-organization mechanisms.

My research experience is multidisciplinary from photonics to materials and is characterized by multiscale studies both in space and time. I now focus on nanostructured plasmonic materials and exploit their properties at the nanoscale to provide materials and devices with innovative macroscopic functions. I use light to trigger self-organization mechanisms and to produce periodic metallic nanostructures. My fundamental research deals with modeling and in operando characterization of laser-induced processes. I also develop applications of my research with industrial partners. I co-authored 55 articles in peer reviewed international journals, 1 book review, 3 book chapters, 3 patents

Research interests (more here)

Optical properties of metallic nanoparticle ensemble and layered systems
Laser-induced processes
Time-resolved optical characterization techniques, multiscale characterization in time and space
Applications of plasmonic systems and TiO2-based components

    Current research
    Large-scale metallic nanostructures for controlling the visual appearance of transparent materials
    In operando characterization and modeling of laser-induced self-organization mechanisms of metallic nanoparticles
    Hybridized resonances in plasmonic systems buried in thin films
    Color image multiplexing controlled by laser processes

Teaching activity

Levels: Physics degree, Master 'Optics Image Vision', Master 'Colors in Informatics and Media Technologies' (former Erasmus Mundus), Master 'ColorsScience and Industry' (Erasmus +)doctoral school
Language: French and English
192 h / year within the following domains: Waves and optics, polarization, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics, metallic nanoparticles, optical characterization methods, far field and near field, micro-nano-structuring, plasmonics.

Scientific collaborators (2009-present)

Art: Thomasine Giesecke
Atomic force microscopy: Christophe Hubert (Lab H. Curien)
Atomic molecular and optical sciences: Ali Belkacem (LBNL, Berkeley, USA), Dan S. Slaughter (LBNL, Berkeley, USA)
Atomic probe: Khalid Houmada (IM2NP, Marseille, FR)
Color assessment and visual rendering: Mathieu Hébert  (Lab H. Curien)
Electrognatic modeling: Said Bakhti (LBNL, Berkeley, USA), Alexandre Tishchenko (Lab H. Curien), Vladimir Schmidt (Bremen Univ. Germany)
Electron beam lithography (Molecular Foundry, Berkeley, USA): Stefano Cabrini, Jim Schuck
Ellipsometry, polarimetry
: Audrey Berrier (Stuttgart Univ., Germany), Pierre Chavel (IOGS, Lab H. Curien, Saint-Etienne, FR)
EXAFS (ALS, Berkeley): Selim Alayoglu (LBNL, Berkeley, USA)
GISAXS (ESRF, Grenoble): David Babonneau (Institut Pprime,  Poitiers, FR)
High power lasers: Marwan Abdou Ahmed (IFSW, Stuttgart, Germany)
Human-computer interaction: Alain Trémeau (Lab H. Curien)
Laser-matter interaction: Franck Hubenthal (Kassel Univ., Germany), Tigran Vartanyan (Saint-Petersburg Univ., Russia)
Printing processes: Davide Beneventi (LGP2, Grenoble, FR), Didier Chaussy (LGP2, Grenoble, FR)
Mass spectrometry and TOF-SIMS: Musahid Ahmed (LBNL, Berkeley, USA)
Metallic nanoparticles: Mohamed Bouazaoui (PhLAM, Lille, FR), Bruno Capoen (PhLAM, Lille, FR)
Multiphysical modeling: Guy Vitrant (IMEP-LAHC, Grenoble, FR), Tatiana Itina (Lab H. Curien)
Raman spectroscopy: Lucien Saviot (ICB, Dijon, FR), Youcef Ouerdane (Lab H. Curien)
Security applications
: Marie Vangheluwe (HID Global CID), Alice Vermeulin (HID Global CID)
Thin film elaboration, physical methods: Julien Lumeau (Institut Fresnel, Marseille, FR), Lionel Simonot (Institut Pprime,  Poitiers, FR), Laurent Dubost (IREIS, Saint-Etienne, FR)
Thin elaboration, sol-gel: Francis Vocanson (Lab H. Curien), Laurence Bois (LMI, Lyon, FR), Burcu Akata (Middle East Tech. Univ., Turkey)
Transmission electron microscopy: Matthieu Bugnet (MATEIS, Lyon, FR), Thierry Epicier (MATEIS, Lyon, FR), Yaya Lefkir (Lab H. Curien), Fernand Chassagneux (LMI, Lyon, FR)
Ultrafast laser processing: Jan Siegel (IO-CSIC, Madrid, Spain), Javier Solis (IO-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
XPS: Lavinia Balan (CNRS-Mulhouse, FR)

Invited talks in international and national conferences
  1. N. Sharma, M. Vangheluwe, A. Vermeulin, N. Destouches, “Laser controlled plasmonic nanocomposite films for color image multiplexing”, EMRS 2019, 27-31 May, 2019, Nice, France
  2. N. Destouches, N. Sharma, O. Sidorov, N. Dalloz, C. Hubert, F. Vocanson, M. Hébert, J. Siegel, M. Vangheluwe, A. Vermeulin, "Image multiplexing with laser-controlled plasmonic colors", META 2018, June 24-July 1, 2018, Round-trip Marseille Cruise
  3. D.K. Diop, L. Simonot, F. Pailloux, N. Blanc, N. Boudet, N. Destouches, D. Babonneau "Real-time investigations of photochromic Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films under UV and visible laser irradiation", GISAS2018, September 4-7, 2018, Gyeongju, Korea
  4. N. Destouches, Z. Liu, N. Sharma, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, M. Hébert, J. Solis, J. Siegel "Self-Organized Growth of Metallic Nanoparticles upon cw and fs Laser Writing: Mechanisms and Application", HPLA, March 26-29, 2018, Santa Fe, USA
  5. T. Itina, M. Hongfeng, R. Zakoldaev, M. Sergeev, N. Destouches, V. Veiko "Thermo-Mechanical Effects in Multi?Pulse Ultrashort Laser Interactions with Porous Glass Studied for Integral Sensors Fabrication", HPLA, March 26-29, 2018, Santa Fe, USA
  6. N. Destouches, Z. Liu, J. Siegel, M. Vangheluwe, S. Bakhti, D. Slaughter, A. Belkacem, "Plasmonic nanostructures in thin film generated by laser induced self-organization processes", International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META'17), Seoul, South Korea, July 25-28, 2017
  7. D. Babonneau, D.K. Diop, L. Simonot, N. Destouches, "Photochromic properties of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films: a combined real-time optical and GISAXS study", E-MRS Spring Meeting, 22-26 Mai 2017, Strasbourg, France
  8. N. Destouches, "Inscription multicolore haute résolution reconfigurable ou pérenne", colloque SPICE ANR, April 20-21, 2017, Paris, France
  9. S. Bakhti, N. Destouches, M. Ahmed, S. Alayoglu, "Monitoring Real-time Dynamics of Nanoparticle Formation via ‘Trading Space with Time’ Strategy and Synchrotron X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Technique", 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition Apr. 2-6, 2017, San Francisco, USA.
  10. M. Hébert, J. Martinez, A. Trémeau, N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, F. Vocanson, "Mesurer la couleur de lustres métalliques sur verre : défis, solutions et potentiel", Workshop “Propriétés optiques de nanostructures et apparence”, Nov. 22, 2016, Bordeaux.
  11. S. Bakhti, G. Baraldi, Z. Liu, N. Destouches, "Fano resonance in self-organized embedded metallic nanoparticle gratings and application as optical security features", International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META'16), Malaga, Espagne, July 25-28, 2016
  12. M. Wang, B. Gompf, M. Dressel, N. Destouches, A. Berrier, "Revealing Plasmonic Effects of One-dimensional Periodic Structures through Mueller Matrix Ellipsometry", International Conference on Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (ICSE-7), Berlin, Germany, June 06-10, 2016
  13. N. Destouches, Z. Liu, G. Vitrant, Y. Lefkir, T. Epicier, N. Crespo-Monteiro, F. Vocanson, D. K. Diop, L. Simonot, D. Babonneau,"Mécanismes et conditions d'auto-organisation de nanoparticules métalliques sous excitation plasmonique", conférence plénière du GDR NACRE, Oléron, France, 28-30 Sep 2015
  14. N. Destouches, Z. Liu, G. Vitrant, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, "Tuning the photochemistry of silver nanoparticles in TiO2 with a gaussian-shape laser", E-MRS Spring Meeting, Lille, 11-15 May 2015
  15. N. Destouches, G. Vitrant, N. Crespo-Monteiro, Z. Liu, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, M. Hébert, A. Trémeau, F. Pigeon,"When light plays with metal nanoparticles in optical waveguides and creates spontaneously active color filters", International High Power Laser Ablation (HPLA), Santa Fe, CA, USA 21-25 Apr 2014
  16. N.Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, S. Reynaud, J.Y. Michalon, T. Epicier, Y. Liu, "Films photochromiques nanostructurés par laser", reunion annuelle des utilisateurs du réseau national METSA (Microscopie électronique et sonde atomique), Paris, 4 Feb 2014
  17. N. Destouches, G. Vitrant, N. Crespo-Monteiro, Z. Liu, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, "Self-organization of metal nanoparticles in a waveguide under free-space light excitation", International Symposium on Nanoparticles/Nanomaterials and Applications (ISN2A), Lisbonne, Portugal, 20-22 Jan 2014,
  18. N. Destouches, "Photo-croissance de nanoparticules métalliques dans un guide d'onde", Journée Plasmonique, Fondation Paris Sud Université, Corporate University PSA Peugeot Citroën, Orsay, 25 Oct 2013
  19. N. Destouches, G. Vitrant, N. Crespo-Monteiro, F. Pigeon, "Auto-organisation de nanoparticules métalliques sous excitation lumineuse homogène", Horizon de l'optique, Villetaneuse, 8-11 July 2013
  20. N. Destouches, G. Vitrant, N. Crespo-Monteiro, F. Pigeon, "Self-organization of metal nanoparticles in a waveguide", Fundamentals of Laser Assisted Micro- &Nanotechnologies, Saint-Petersburg, Russia, 24-28 June 2013
  21. N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, L. Nadar, T. Epicier, Y. Liu, Y. Lefkir, F. Vocanson, "Laser control of metallic nanoparticles for reversible or permanent color marking", International conference on Small Science, Orlando FL USA, 16-19 Dec 2012
  22. N. Destouches, "Les projets de Recherche financés par l'ANR. Exemple du projet UPCOLOR, pour l'inscription multicolore reconfigurable haute résolution", Journée Régionale de l'Optique Photonique, Vignieu 3 July 2012
  23. N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, L. Nadar, F. Vocanson, L. Bois, T. Epicier "Contrôle optique de la croissance et de la déformation de nanoparticules métalliques au sein de matrices mésoporeuses de TiO2", UVX, Biarritz 12-15 June 2012
  24. N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, L. Nadar, L. Bois, F. Chassagneux, F. Vocanson, S. Reynaud, E. Gamet, "Marquage coloré par laser continu sur films nanocomposites ré-inscriptibles", JNCO, Marseille 4-7 juillet 2011
  25. N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro, Y. Battie, A. Boukenter, L. Bois, F. Chassagneux, "Micro-nano-structuring of silver containing mesoporous films", Nanomedicine, Beijing, 23-25 Oct 2010
  26. F. Vocanson, R. Sayah, L. Nadar, N. Destouches, F. Goutaland, C. Sow, A. Boukenter, "Elaboration of silver nanostructures in silica or titania mesoporous thin films or in glasses for optical applications", MADICA, Tabarka, Tunisie, 20-22 octobre 2010
  27. N. Destouches, Y. Battie, L. Bois, F. Chassagneux, A.V. Tishchenko, N. Crespo-Monteiro, S. Parola, A. Boukenter "synthèse in-situ de nanoparticules d'argent organisées dans des matrices diélectriques" Workshop Nanoparticules pour la photonique, Villeurbanne, 9 Aprl 2009
  28. N. Destouches, "Propriétés optiques de nanoparticules métalliques en matrice diélectrique : application au filtrage optique" Ecole thématique Nano-Objets, Lille, 3-6 Nov 2008
  29. N. Destouches, "Characterization of subwavelength diffraction gratings", NEMO SUMMER SCHOOL : Micro-Optics Measurement & Characterization, Varsovie, Pologne, 3-14 Sep 2007
  1. N. Destouches, " Laser-controlled plasmonic colors and applications to secure marking", Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 3, 2018
  2. N. Destouches, "Micro-nano-structuring of surfaces, color and material appearance", seminar at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv (Ukraine), May 24, 2018
  3. N. Destouches, "Plasmonic colors by smart scanning laser processes", seminar at ASULAB R&D Laboratory of the Swatch Group, Marin, Switzerland, January 16, 2018
  4. N. Destouches, "Plasmonic colors by smart scanning laser processes", seminar at Sherbrooke University, Sherbrooke, Canada, January 10, 2018
  5. N. Destouches, "Chemical dynamics of laser-induced self-organized Ag nanoparticle gratings", seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA, October 31, 2016
  6. N. Destouches, "Quand la lumière s'invite à résonner dans des couches minces nanocomposites", seminar at Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d'Instrumentation Optique, Troyes, 26 November, 2015
  7. N. Destouches, S. Bakhti, "Photon-driven growth and Fano-like resonances of metallic nanoparticle ensembles", seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA, June 26, 2015
  8. N. Destouches, "Laser induced physico-chemistry and self-organization of metallic nanoparticles in TiO2 films", seminar at Fresnel Institute, Aix Marseille Université, Marseille, France, April 8, 2015
  9. N. Destouches, "Self-organization and plasmonic hybridization of metal nanoparticle ensembles", seminar at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan, February 18, 2015
  10. N. Destouches, "Self-organized growth of metallic nanoparticles under homogeneous light excitation", seminar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA, April 11, 2014
  11. N. Destouches, " Croissance auto-organisée de nanoparticules métalliques dans une couche mince sous illumination laser homogène", séminaire à l’Institut Lumière Matière, Villeurbanne, September 10, 2013
  12. N. Destouches, "Reversible and permanent laser-induced color marking", séminaire à l'Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW) Universität Stuttgart, Germany, September 19, 2012