D’Alembert Institute

The D'Alembert Institute (IDA) is a multidisciplinary research institute with the mission of conducting basic and applied research in biophotonics, microfluidics and the design of functional materials and nanomaterials.

FR 3242

Bâtiment IDA
4, avenue des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-Yvette
Tel. 33 (1) 81 87 52 94


Head: bruno.lepioufle [at] satie.ens-cachan.fr (Bruno LE PIOUFLE)class="spamspan" title="Bruno LE PIOUFLE"

The D'Alembert Institute has a staff of about 250.

4 research units

  • The Laboratory of Biology and Applied Pharmacology
  • The Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory
  • The Supramolecular and Macromolecular Photophysics and Photochemistry
  • The Systems and Applications of Information and Energy Technologies


Working at the interface between physics, chemistry and biology, the D'Alembert Institute aims to contribute to the understanding of fundamental cellular mechanisms and their dysfunctions by using a combination of photonic and plasmonic effects, including developments in non-linear optics, multiphoton and time-resolved fluorescence imaging and nanophotonics.

The Institute's four main research themes are:

  • Elucidation of fundamental phenomena in the field of cell biology and throughout understanding of molecular mechanisms underlying pathologies (cancer, VIH, neurodegenerative diseases...
  • Development of new biological imaging methods with high spatial and temporal resolution, molecular photonics
  • Design, development and characterization of molecular and biomolecular nanostructures for the labelling (optical, magnetic ...) of active biological entities
  • Design and development of new bio-microsystems for diagnostic, therapeutic or screening purposes