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Department of Chemistry and Processes

Disciplinary research at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris is based on the expertise of its founding schools. Chemistry and processes is one of ten disciplinary research fields bringing together top researchers and PhD students at state-of-the art laboratories and facilities.
Department of Chemistry and Processes

Chemistry is a natural science that describes and explains the formation of the minerals, fauna and flora around us, at the most microscopic level. It also plays a role in all levels of human activity   (food, housing, transportation, health, communication etc.) Understanding its language is essential in order to respond to the societal and economic challenges of tomorrow. 

New concepts and a wide range of theoretical (DFT, ELF etc.), synthetic (new reactions etc.) and analytical (XR, EPR, NMR etc.) methods have radically changed this science. Such fascinating objects as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes or high-temperature superconductors are the result of the work of chemists. Chemistry will address an array of challenges in the years ahead in fields such as materials science, healthcare, energy and environmental protection. 

Fundamental and applied research in chemistry at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris aims to:

  • produce new knowledge from fundamental research using cutting-edge methodologies, processes and equipment
  • develop new chemical processes to respond to societal challenges such as environmental protection and energy production, storage and transportation 
  • innovate to apply these methodologies in the agrifood, healthcare, tech and other industries

World-class research areas

  • Molecular chemistry
    • Methodology in organic and organometallic chemistry 
    • Chemistry/Biology interface, biomimetic synthesis, natural products chemistry
    • Catalytic chemistry of biomass and waste conversion 
  • Materials science
    • Structure-property relationships in nanomaterials and thin films
    • Materials characterization (optical spectroscopy, Raman, environmental X-rays, in-operando electron microscopy etc.)
  • Surface and interface engineering
    • Surface engineering, sensors for diagnosis and IoT
  • Chemistry for energy and the environment
    • Electrochemistry and catalysis for energy storage, water quality and biomass conversion

Laboratories

Members of the Education and Research Departement

The research strategy in this field is implemented by researchers from Institut Polytechnique de Paris schools. They work together to conduct world-class research at state-of-the art facilities.

President

Thierry Gacoin, Researcher at CNRS, Professor at École Polytechnique
Thierry Gacoin, Researcher at CNRS, Professor at École Polytechnique

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