Current Abbe Awardee



Alexandre Dazzi, Abbe Award 2014

 Combined laser-excited infra-red spectroscopy with atomic force microscopy, to distinctly characterize materials and structures on the nano scale.

Dr Alexandre Dazzi  led development of Photothermal Induced Resonance (PTIR), which enables his invention of  combining  infrared spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM-IR), with the AFM probe as an IR detector.  AFM-IR: infrared spectroscopy at the nanoscale.

Dr Dazzi teaches nanoscience at the Université Paris-Sud, where among other initiatives, Dr Dazzi’s ongoing research innovates limits-pushing applications for PTIR and AFM-IR,   mostly in microbiology and  cellular imaging.

Dr Dazzi obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 1998 at the Université de Dijon, and became an expert in near field optics techniques through post-doctoral work at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal at Bordeaux.  In 2000 Dr. Dazzi accepted appointment as associate professor at the CLIO FEL facility, where he worked on near-field techniques in the infrared region. After investigating infrared Scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy (SNOM), Dr Dazzi developed PTIR and invented AFM-IR.

Dr. Dazzi received his habilitation in October 2008 and was the 2009 laureate for France’s national instrumentation prize from the Societé Francaise Division de Chimie Physique.  He was also associated with R&D 100 awards in 2010 and the Microscopy Today 2011 Innovation Award for the ‘nanoIRTMfrom Anasys Instruments.


Alexandre Dazzi, Ph.D.

Tenure Professor,
Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.

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