Dynacom (for Dynamical Control of Materials) is an international research laboratory (IRL) between the CNRS, the University of Tokyo, and the Université de Rennes 1 and will be based on the University of Tokyo’ Hongo Campus in Tokyo, Japan. The laboratory grew out of longstanding collaboration that began in 1996 between the Japanese teams from Tokyo and French teams from the Institute of Physics of Rennes (IPR, CNRS/Université de Rennes 1), including Eric Collet, an academic at Université de Rennes 1 and the IPR, and now the deputy director of the IRL.
With joint research, the exchange of students and professors, and study trips over the last 26 years, scientists have used the full range of international collaboration tools offered by the CNRS, l’Université de Rennes 1, and the University of Tokyo, including the creation of the IM-LED,International Research Project (IRP) in 2016. A new stage began today with the creation of an IRL, which highlights this emblematic and strategic collaboration. Also involved in the Dynacom laboratory will be Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, and Kyoto University in Japan, along with Nantes Université in France.
The development of new functionalities for technological materials
Dynacom’s research activities focus on the development of new functionalities for technological materials. The goal is to drive materials in out-of-equilibrium conditions by using light and/or electrical fields to control various physical properties such as ferroelectricity, magnetism, conductivity, and optical properties, with photonic applications. Different ways of acting on materials will be developed, based on the control of electrons, phonons, and elastic deformations, with a multi-scale approach ranging from molecules to materials.
This international cooperation enjoys the expertise of partners in advanced materials synthesis, as well as the development of cutting-edge methods to characterize and control their physical properties on ultrafast time scales. The Dynacom IRL will become part of the newly created International Research Centre (IRC)5 between the CNRS and the University of Tokyo, which will also be inaugurated on Tuesday, 4 October 2022 in Japan.