Stéphane Cordier

Head of CSM - CNRS Research Director

Email : stephane [dot] cordier [at] univ-rennes [dot] fr

Phone : +33 (0)2 23 23 65 36

Office number : Beaulieu - Building 10A - 33

Since 2017: Head of the team ‘Solid State Chemistry and Materials’


Stéphane Cordier carried out his thesis work (1993-1996) on the synthesis and crystal chemistry of compounds associating clusters of niobium (or tantalum) with rare earth ions. His PhD work was supervised by Marcel Sergent and Christiane Perrin. After a post-doctoral stay at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart in the group of Prof. Arndt Simon during which he specialized in the synthesis and characterization of fluorides of transition elements, he was recruited at the CNRS in 1999 in the Solid Chemistry and Materials team of the Institute of Chemical Sciences of Rennes. From the 2000s, he set up a new theme in Rennes consisting of using cluster compounds obtained by solid-state chemistry at high temperature as precursors of molecular building blocks for the development of multifunctional hybrid nanomaterials and functionalized surfaces and more recently for the low temperature synthesis of nitrides. Qualified to lead research in 2005 (Habilitation), he was promoted to Research Director in 2010. His research covers a continuum ranging from fundamental research - establishing the relationships between the physical properties of cluster materials and their crystalline and electronic structures - up to research focused on applications such as lighting, display, bio-labeling or photocatalysis. 

Now deputy head of the Solids Chemistry and Materials team at ISCR, S. Cordier is developing numerous collaborations at national and international level. He is director of the International Research Project CLUSPOM between France and Russia associating the ISCR of Rennes, the ILV of Versailles and the Nikolaev of Inorganic Chemistry of Novosibirsk-Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Research themes

From the solid state chemistry of metal atom clusters to their use as building blocks for the design of new solids, hybrid materials and functional surfaces.


2015- French Chemical Society: Solid State Division Award 
2017- Doctor Honoris Causa - Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry (Novossibirsk / Russia).

Selected publications

From supramolecular to solid state chemistry - crystal engineering of luminescent materials by trapping molecular clusters in an aluminium-based host matrix. Materials Horizons, 2020, 7(9), 2399-2406

Red-NIR luminescence of Mo6 monolayered assembly directly anchored on Au(001). Materials Horizons, 2019, 6(9), 1828-1833

Metal - Atom Clusters as Building Blocks for Multifunctional Proton-Conducting Materials: Theoretical and Experimental Characterization. Inorg. Chem., 2018, 57(16), 9814-9825

Molybdenum cluster loaded PLGA nanoparticles: an innovative theranostic approach for the treatment of ovarian cancer. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 2018, 125, 95-105

Transparent Tantalum Clusters-based UV and IR Blocking Electro-chromic Devices. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 8160-8167

Inorganic Molybdenum Clusters as Light-Harvester in All Inorganic Solar Cells: A Proof of Concept - ChemistrySelect, 2016, 1, 2284-2289

In Situ Generation of Active Molybdenum Octahedral Clusters for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production from Water. ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1963-1971

Versatility of the Ionic Assembling Method to Design Red NIR Luminescent PMMA Nanocomposite Containing [M6Qi8La6]n- (M= Mo, W or Re; Qi = I, Cl or Se; La = (OCOC2F5), Cl or CN ; n= 2 or 4) Nanoclusters - Dalton Trans., 2016, 45(1), 237-245

Combined theoretical and time-resolved photoluminescence investigations of [Mo6Bri8Bra6]2- metal cluster units: evidences of multi-component emission. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, 17, 28574-28585


Advances in the Engineering of Near Infrared Emitting Liquid Crystals and Copolymers, Extended Porous Frameworks, Theranostic Tools and Molecular Junctions Using Tailored Re6 Cluster Building Blocks. Journal of Cluster Science, 2015, 26(1), 53-81

Inorganic Molybdenum Octahedral Nanosized Cluster Units, Versatile Functional Building Block for Nanoarchitectonics. Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2015, 25, 189-204


Metal Atom Clusters chemistry, Crystal Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, Cluster-Based, Functionnal Surfaces

Publications referenced in HAL