Nathalie Destouches graduated as an engineer in optics from the National School of Physics of Marseille, France, in 1998. She obtained her PhD degree at Fresnel Institute in 2001 and got a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Glasses in Montpellier for one year.
In 2002, she joined Jean Monnet University where she is currently a Professor. She recently went on two long stays as a guest researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA, to develop a collaborative work on in operando optical and X-ray characterisation of laser-induced self-organisation mechanisms.


Language: French and English / Teaching hours : ~192 h / year

  • Waves and optics
  • Polarization
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Fourier optics
  • Metallic nanoparticles
  • Optical characterization methods
  • Far field and near field
  • Micro-nano-structuring
  • Plasmonics

  • N. Sharma, N. Destouches, C. Florian, R. Serna, J. Siegel, "Tailoring nanocomposite materials with ultrashort laser pulses for applications in photonics", Nanoscale, 11, 18779 (2019)
  • N. Sharma, M. Vangheluwe, F. Vocanson, A. Cazier, M. Bugnet, S. Reynaud, A. Vermeulin, N. Destouches, "Laser-driven plasmonic gratings for multiple image hiding", Materials Horizons, 6, 978 (2019)
  • M. Esposito, F. Todisco, S. Bakhti, A. Passaseo, I. Tarantini, M. Cuscunà, N. Destouches, V. Tasco, "Symmetry breaking in Oligomer Surface Plasmon Lattice Resonances", Nano Lett., 193, 1922-1930 2 (2019)
  • Z. Liu, J. Siegel, M. Garcia-Lechuga, T. Epicier, Y. Lefkir, S. Reynaud, M. Bugnet, F. Vocanson, J. Solis, G. Vitrant, N. Destouches, "3D self-organization in nanocomposite layered systems by ultrafast laser pulses", ACS Nano, 11 (5), 5031–5040 (2017)

  • N. Destouches, M. Vangheluwe, M. Hébert, A. Vermeulin, "Procédé de construction d’une image de sécurité par multiplexage d’images en couleurs", filing date: 05/03/2018, ref: FR1851892.
  • N. Destouches, N. Crespo-Monteiro "Procédé de structuration par laser d'un réseau de nanoparticules et procédé d'inscription d'un motif coloré sur un support", filing date: 14/11/2012, ref: 1000170620
  • T. Fournel, N. Destouches, L. Bois, Y. Boutant "Procédé de texturation aléatoire reconfigurable d’un élément photochromique et procédé de sécurisation et/ou authentification mettant en œuvre ce procédé", filing date: 20/11/2008, publication: 21/05/2010, ref: 2938679