David Babonneau

CNRS Research Director

Département Physique et Mécanique des Matériaux
UPR 3346 CNRS-Université de Poitiers-ISAE ENSMA
SP2MI – Bâtiment H1
11 Boulevard Marie et Pierre Curie
Téléport 2
86360 Futuroscope Chasseneuil

Office: Bâtiment H1, Room 1/E 47 (1st Floor)
+33 5 49 49 67 25

Mailing address:
Université de Poitiers - UFR SFA - SP2MI - Bât. H1
11 Boulevard Marie et Pierre Curie
TSA 41123
86073 Poitiers Cedex 9, France


David Babonneau is Research Director at CNRS in France. In 1999, he received the Ph.D. degree in materials science from the University of Poitiers. After a postdoc at the Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thomson‐CSF (Orsay, France) and at the CSIC (Madrid, Spain), he joined the LMP (Poitiers, France) in 2001 and became senior researcher at the Pprime Institute in 2016, where he headed the team ‘Physics and Properties of Nanostructures’ until 2021. His research interests are focused on nanostructured functional surfaces and thin films. His activities include the self-organized growth of plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles and nanowires by physical vapor deposition, and the advanced characterization of nanostructured materials by grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering.


  • Nanostructuration of surfaces by low energy ion-beam sputtering
  • Self-organized growth of plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles/nanowires by glancing-angle deposition (GLAD)
  • Grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS): experiments and modelling



  • FitGISAXS: software package for modelling and analysis of GISAXS data using IGOR Pro
    Journal of Applied Crystallography 43 (2010) 929-936 doi: 10.1107/S0021889810020352

Zipped routine (May 31, 2013): FitGISAXS_130531.zip

Zipped routine (December 5, 2018): FitGISAXS_181205.zip (running within the versions 7 and 8 of Igor PRO)

Sélection de publications

  • Self-assembled dichroic plasmonic nitride nanostructures with broken centrosymmetry for second-harmonic generation
    D. Babonneau}, S. Camelio, G. Abadias, D. Christofilos, I. Arvanitidis, S. Psilodimitrakopoulos, G. M. Maragkakis, E. Stratakis, N. Kalfagiannis, P. Patsalas
    ACS Applied Nano Materials 4 (2021) 8789-8800. doi: 10.1021/acsanm.1c01442
  • Evolution of plasmonic nanostructures under ultra-low-energy ion bombardment
    L. Simonot, F. Chabanais, S. Rousselet, F. Pailloux, S. Camelio, D. Babonneau
    Applied Surface Science 544 (2021) 148672. doi: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2020.148672 
  • Self-assembled, 10 nm-tailored, near infrared plasmonic metasurface acting as broadband omnidirectional polarizing mirror
    E. Soria, P. Gomez-Rodriguez, C. Tromas, S. Camelio, D. Babonneau, R. Serna, J. Gonzalo, J. Toudert
    Advanced Optical Materials 8 (2020) 2000321. doi: 10.1002/adom.202000321  
  • Vasarely painting at the nanoscale on sapphire crystals
    C. Matringe, E. Thune, R. Cavalotti, A. Fakih, S. Arnaud, N. Blanc, N. Boudet, A. Coati, Y. Garreau, D. Babonneau, R. Guinebretière
    Nano Research 13 (2020) 25122516. doi: 10.1007/s12274-020-2888-4  
  • From chains to monolayers : Nanoparticle assembly driven by smectic topological defects
    S. P. Do, A. Missaoui, A. Coati, D. Coursault, H. Jeridi, A. Resta, N. Goubet, M. M. Wojcik, A. Choux, S. Royer, E. Briand, B. Donnio, J.-L. Gallani, B. Pansu, E. Lhuillier, Y. Garreau, D. Babonneau, M. Goldmann, D. Constantin, B. Gallas, B. Croset, E. Lacaze
    Nano Letters 20 (2020) 15981606. doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b04347  
  • Surface plasmon resonances and local field enhancement in aluminum nanoparticles embedded in silicon nitride
    A. Fafin, S. Camelio, F. Pailloux, D. Babonneau
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123 (2019) 13908-13917. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b03050  
  • Real-time investigations of structural and optical changes in photochromic Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films under laser irradiation
    D. Babonneau, D. K. Diop, L. Simonot, B. Lamongie, N. Blanc, N. Boudet, F. Vocanson, N. Destouches
    Nano Futures 2 (2018) 015002. doi: 10.1088/2399-1984/aaa665  
  • Formation of nanoripples on amorphous alumina thin films during low-energy ion-beam sputtering: experiments and simulations
    D. Babonneau, E. Vandenhecke, S. Camelio
    Physical Review B 95 (2017) 085412. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.95.085412  
  • Near-field optical properties of AgxAu1-x nanoparticle chains embedded in a dielectric matrix
    A. Fafin, S. Yazidi, S. Camelio, D. Babonneau
    Plasmonics 11 (2016) 1407–1416. doi: 10.1007/s11468-016-0191-8  
  • Volmer-Weber growth stages of polycrystalline metal films probed by in situ and real-time optical diagnostics
    G. Abadias, L. Simonot, J. J. Colin, A. Michel, S. Camelio, D. Babonneau
    Applied Physics Letters 107 (2015) 183105. doi: 10.1063/1.4935034  
  • Magnetron sputtering deposition of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite thin films for repeatable and multicolor photochromic applications on flexible substrates
    D. K. Diop, L. Simonot, N. Destouches, G. Abadias, F. Pailloux, P. Guérin, D. Babonneau
    Advanced Materials Interfaces 2 (2015) 1500134. doi: 10.1002/admi.201500134  
  • Self-organized ultrathin FePt nanowires produced by glancing-angle ion-beam codeposition on rippled alumina surfaces
    M. Garel, D. Babonneau, A. Boulle, F. Pailloux, A. Coati, Y. Garreau, A. Y. Ramos, H. C. N. Tolentino
    Nanoscale 7 (2015) 1437. doi: 10.1039/c4nr05589f  
  • Influence of low-energy plasma annealing on structural and optical properties of silver nanoclusters grown by magnetron sputtering deposition
    V. Antad, L. Simonot, D. Babonneau
    Journal of Nanoparticle Research 16 (2014) 2328. doi: 10.1007/s11051-014-2328-z  
  • Optimization of growth and ordering of Ag nanoparticle arrays on ripple patterned alumina surfaces for strong plasmonic coupling
    S. Camelio, E. Vandenhecke, S. Rousselet, D. Babonneau
    Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 035706. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/25/3/035706  
  • Experimental evidence of nanometer-scale confinement of plasmonic eigenmodes responsible for hot spots in random metallic films
    A. Losquin, S. Camelio, D. Rossouw, M. Besbes, F. Pailloux, D. Babonneau, G. A. Botton, J. J. Greffet, O. Stéphan, M. Kociak
    Physical Review B 88 (2013) 115427. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.115427  
  • Tuning the surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoclusters by oxygen exposure and low-energy plasma annealing
    V. Antad, L. Simonot, D. Babonneau
    Nanotechnology 24 (2013) 045606. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/24/4/045606  
  • Advanced optical effective medium modeling for a single layer of polydisperse ellipsoidal nanoparticles embedded in a homogeneous dielectric medium : Surface plasmon resonances
    J. Toudert, L. Simonot, S. Camelio, D. Babonneau
    Physical Review B 86 (2012) 045415. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.86.045415  
  • Quantitative analysis of nanoripple and nanoparticle patterns by grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering 3D mapping
    D. Babonneau, S. Camelio, E. Vandenhecke, S. Rousselet, M. Garel, F. Pailloux, P. Boesecke
    Physical Review B 85 (2012) 235415 and Physical Review B 87 (2013) 159903(E). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.235415