Gilles Bourret

Profil Gilles Bourret
Gilles Bourret Assist.-Prof. Dr.
  • Jakob-Haringer-Strasse 2a
  • 5020 Salzburg
+43 (0) 662 / 8044-5454
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Educational background

M. Eng. Applied Physics and M. Sc. Nanotechnology, National Institute of Applied Sciences, Toulouse, France

Ph.D. Chemistry (Materials’ Chemistry division) McGill University, Canada

Postdoctoral fellow in Professor Chad Mirkin’s group, International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University, USA



Main Awards

Anton Paar award for Chemistry 2015 FFG relocation grant, 2014  



Publication and reasearch metrics

  • 11 invited lectures
  • 2 patents
  • 1 article published in Nature Nanotechnology
  • 5 articles as corresponding author
  • Average impact factor per publications > 10
  • 5 interviews in main stream media outlets  


CV Gilles Bourret

curriculum vitae

Research interests

Dr. Bourret’s research activities are centered on controlling 1D, 2D and 3D metal/semiconductor nanoscale architectures for solar conversion, plasmonic applications and sensing. Innovative templated syntheses based on porous membranes and electrochemistry are developed and used to prepare hybrid systems with a nanometer resolution. Such a geometrical control is used to tune important parameters such as near E-field, plasmon resonance wavelength, absorption/scattering cross-sections and distance between the plasmonic materials and the semiconductor, all of which drastically affect the interaction between the metal and the semiconductor. These hybrid structures were recently used to study plasmon-modulated luminescence, surface-enhanced Raman scattering for chemical sensing on surfaces and plasmon-enhanced photodetection.

To date, specific focus has been dedicated to one-dimensional nanostructures. Future possible PhD Theses will investigate ordered arrays of such hybrids with a special attention given to the various metal/semiconductor interfaces, crucial in these systems.

Full List of Publications, Patents, invited talks 

List of Publications



Selected publications (*: corresponding author, #: equal contribution)

  • Confined Etching within 2D and 3D Colloidal Crystals for Tunable Nanostructured Templates: Local Environment Matters, F. J. Wendisch, R. Oberreiter, M. Salihovic, M. S. Elsaesser, and G. R. Bourret* ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 3931–3939
  • Investigation of Mass-Produced Substrates for Reproducible Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Measurements over Large Areas, A. Reyer,* A. Prinz, S. Giancristofaro, J. Schneider, D. B. Menezes, G. Zickler, G. R. Bourret,* and M. E. Musso, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 25445–25454
  • Coaxial Lithography, T. Ozel,# G. R. Bourret,# and C. A. Mirkin, Nature Nanotech. 2015, 10, 319–324  
  • Long-Range Plasmophore Rulers, G. R. Bourret,# T. Ozel,# M. Blaber, C. Shade, G. C. Schatz and C. A. Mirkin, Nano Lett. 2013, 13, 2270  
  • Synthesis of Hybrid Semiconductor Core-Shell Nanowires with Tunable Plasmonic Antennas, T. Ozel,# G. R. Bourret,# A. Schmucker, K. Brown and C. A. Mirkin, Adv. Mater. 2013, 25, 4515    
  • Solution-Dispersible Metal Nanorings with Deliberately Controllable Compositions and Architectural Parameters, T. Ozel, M. J. Ashley, G. R. Bourret, M. B. Ross, G. C. Schatz and C. A. Mirkin, Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 5273–5278  
  • Dispersible Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Nanosheets, K. D. Osberg, M. Rycenga, G. R. Bourret, K. Brown and C. A. Mirkin, Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, 6065  
  • 1D Cu(OH)2 Nanomaterial Synthesis Templated in Water Microdroplets, G. R. Bourret and R. B. Lennox, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 6657  
  • Nanoparticle Motion within Glassy Polymer Melts, H. Guo, G. Bourret, M. K. Corbierre, S. Rucareanu, R. B. Lennox, K. Laaziri, L. Piche, M.Sutton,  J. L.Harden and R. L. Leheny, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2009, 102, 075702  


Main stream newspaper articles

  • Die Zukunft heißt Nano, Kronenzeitung, 9.11.2015 (interview from Sabine Salzmann) national newspaper
  • Nicht sichtbar für das freie Auge, Die Presse, 11.12.2015 (interview from Veronika Schmidt) – national newspaper (equivalent to New-York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian etc.)  

  • Jung, international, preisgekrönt, Salzburger Nachrichten, 12.12.2015 (article from Gabriele Pfeiffer) – local newspaper

  • Krone der Wissenschaft, Kronenzeitung, 27.02.2018 (series on Austrian scientists) - national newspaper

  • Der atomare Blick auf Dinge des Alltags, Kronenzeitung, 06.03.2018 (article on our transmission electron microscope) - national newspaper 

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