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Virginie Nazabal

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CNRS Director of Research

Institut des Sciences Chimiques de Rennes UMR CNRS 6226
Université de Rennes 1
Campus de Beaulieu
35042 Rennes, France

Building 10A, Room 263
Phone: +33 (0)


Education and Professional Experience

  • Since 2001, CNRS Research Scientist-Research Topic: « Glasses for photonics function »
  • 2000-2001, JSPS fellowship postdoctoral position, National Institute for Materials Sciences (NIMS), Functional Glass Group, Tsukuba, Japan “Rare earth doped oxyfluoride glasses with combinatorial chemistry approach”
  • 1999-2000, Assistant professor at University of Bordeaux I, ICMCB, Bordeaux, France “Studies of layered compounds for their interest as positive electrode in lithium ion batteries”
  • 2009, Accreditation to supervise research (HDR), University of Rennes 1
  • 1999, Ph.D. degree in Solid State Chemistry and Material Sciences, “Oxides Glasses for NLO/Second harmonic generation”, University of Bordeaux

Current Themes of Research

  • Virginie NAZABAL got her PhD degree in Solid State Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux (France) in 1999. She joined the NIMS (Tsukuba, Japan) as post-doctoral fellowship in 2000 for 18 months. She belongs to the CNRS since 2001 and as CNRS research director since 2015. Her research activity is devoted to vitreous materials for optics at Glass & Ceramic (G&C) team of the Chemical Sciences Institute (ISCR) at the University of Rennes (France). She is currently exploring the potential of chalcogenides thin films and rare earth doping chalcogenide for photonic devices partnering with the whole Glasses and Ceramics team. In recent years, her research strongly interacts with the topic of infrared optical sensors; full growing research activity initiated about 15 years ago in the G&C group. In this favorable context, she investigates the mid-IR luminescence of rare earth doped chalcogenide and its potential use as optical sensor for CO2 gas detection (Pollutec-Ademe Award 2011, Innovative Techniques for the Environment). She is also developing micro-sensors well adapted for evanescent wave detection in the near and mid-infrared. To develop this mid-IR waveguides and sensors, she cooperates with several laboratories and institute (mainly CIMAP, FOTON-CCLO, IFREMER, BRGM, IETR, ICMCB…). She collaborates with several foreign laboratories on different research topics (UPCE in Czech Republic, Poliba in Italy, Laval University in Canada, Wigner laboratory in Hungary, TITech in Japan …). She was involved in national and international projects (ANR, ADEME, PHC, PICS, GACR, COST …) and is currently working on research subjects concerning : “Capture and Storage of CO2” (partners : IDIL, CIMAP, BRGM and ICMCB, funded by ADEME or ANR) and “All-optical sensor for hazardous gas remote detection” (partners : CIMAP and ONERA, funded by ANR) and “Sensor based on infrared fluorescence: new monitoring tool applied to Pollutants and/or Toxic gas” (partners : CIMAP and IDIL, funded by SATT), “Integrated IR sensor based on SEIRA effect for an efficient detection use of low concentration chemical and biological species” (partners : CSPBAT, FOTON, FRESNEL institute, IFREMER, UTT, funded by ANR). She is author and co-author of about 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers. She received in 2010 a bronze medal of CNRS and a Pollutec-Ademe Award in 2011 for Innovative Techniques for the Environment. She was member of Scientific Council at University of Rennes 1, France (2010-2015), member of Academic Council of University of Bretagne Loire (since 2016) and she is French member of the management committee of COST action MP 1401 (2013-2017) “Advanced fibre laser and coherent source as tools for society, manufacturing and lifescience.” (


  • Glasses
  • Chalcogenide glasses
  • Amorphous thin films
  • Integrated optics
  • Mid-IR fluorescence
  • Mid-IR sensor
  • ONL
  • SHG

Selected publications

  • Selenide sputtered films development for MIR environmental sensor.
    E. Baudet, A. Gutierrez-Arroyo, P. Němec, L. Bodiou, J. Lemaitre, O. De Sagazan, H. Lhermitte, E. Rinnert, K. Michel, B. Bureau, J. Charrier, and V. Nazabal
    Optical Materials Express 2016, 6, 2616-2627
  • Mid-IR optical sensor for CO2 detection based on fluorescence absorbance of Dy3+:Ga5Ge20Sb10S65 fibers.
    F. Starecki, F. Charpentier, J.L. Doualan, L. Quetel, K. Michel, R. Chahal, J. Troles, B. Bureau, A. Braud, P. Camy, V. Moizan, V. Nazabal
    Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical 2015, 207, 518-525
  • Optical amplification of Pr3+-doped ZBLA channel waveguides for visible Laser emission.
    M. Olivier, J. L. Doualan, P. Camy, H. Lhermite, P. Pirasteh, J. N. Coulon, A. Braud, J. L. Adam, and V. Nazabal
    Opt. Express 2012, 20, 25064-25070
  • Hybrid nanoparticle–microcavity-based plasmonic nanosensors with improved detection resolution and extended remote-sensing ability.
    M.A. Schmidt, D.Y. Lei, L. Wondraczek, V. Nazabal
    Nature Communications 2012, 3, 1108
  • Chalcogenide glasses based on germanium disulfide for second harmonic generation.
    M. Guignard, V. Nazabal, F. Smektala, J. L. Adam, O. Bohnke, C. Duverger, A. Moreac, H. Zeghlache, A. Kudlinski, G. Martinelli, and Y. Quiquempois
    Adv. Funct. Mater. 2007, 17, 3284-3294

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