The IC2MP (Institute of Chemistry of Poitiers : Materials and Natural Resources) is a multidisciplinary research institute established in 2012 (Director: Sabine Petit), specialized in the study of materials (clays, catalysts, …), natural environment (water, soil, …), and reactions (natural or caused). The Institute focuses particularly on the synthesis, the decontamination and the exploitation of natural resources. The Institute depends on two institutions: the CNRS and the University of Poitiers (UMR CNRS 7285). This institute is the result of the merge of all or part of four laboratories of Chemistry and Geosciences with a recognition by the CNRS dating from about forty years. These four laboratories were: Laboratory of Catalysis in Organic Chemistry (LACCO, UMR 6503) Laboratory Synthesis and Reactivity of Natural Substances (SRSN, UMR 6514), Laboratory of Chemistry and Microbiology of Water (LCME, UMR 6008 – Team water chemistry and water treatment ) Laboratory of Hydrogeology, clays, soils and alterations (hydrasa, UMR 6269).

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IC2MP in figures: The Institute has a staff of 250 people: 100 researchers (75 faculty members from the University of Poitiers and 25 CNRS), 50 permanent staff to support research (26 from university and 24 CNRS), 86 Ph.D. students and 14 postdocs and temporary staff. It covers 13,055 m2 together on campus science from the University of Poitiers, in the premises of the SFA Faculty and ENSIP. It offers analytical and experimental means exceptional platform to ENSIP waters, hydrogeological experimental site labeled (SEH) and plots on the site forbids; park large equipment: electron accelerator, SEM, microtomography X-ray, NMR, XPS, low-mass spectrometers and high-resolution ones (GC / MS, LC / MS, GC / MS-MS, LC / MS-MS, MALDI-TOF) … IC2MP develops many partnerships with industrial fabrics (ADEME, ANDRA, AREVA, CNES, France Agrimer, HONDA, IFP, IRSN, LAFARGE, Pierre Fabre, OSEO, Rhodia, Sanofi, SAUR, Suez, Total, Veolia, …). The average annual amount of private contracts is to 1 million euros or about 15% of the consolidated budget of the Institute. IC2MP covers a continuum of scientific and technical know-how from the research of clean processes, including the development of materials, synthesis, and characterization of natural and synthetic molecules, the processes of pollution, through the study of transfers and reactivities in the natural environment, particularly in water and soil. The fields of application concern the energy, materials and natural resources in a sustainable environment.

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University of Poitiers

IMACS is an integrated Master of Science designed by 4 institutions with a wide range of leadership in clay science. ... [+]


IMACS is an integrated Master of Science designed by 4 institutions with a wide range of leadership in clay science :

the University of Poitiers (UP) in France (co-ordinator), the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal, the Technical University of Crete (TUC) (Chania) in Greece, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (Porto Alegre) in Brazil.

Why clay minerals?

Interest in clays results from their common availability, and their unique physical and chemical properties. No other minerals currently attract so great an interest.

In addition to their conventional ancient use as bricks, tiles, ceramics and for paper coating and waste management more recently, clays have found many novel applications. Clay minerals have provided a boost in technology because they are inexpensive nanomaterials, and as such, they have a huge potential for the synthesis of polymer nanocomposites with superior mechanical and thermal properties. The optimisation of adsorption, colloidal and rheological properties also opens prospects of using clay minerals for medical uses, pollution control, and environmental protection. Clay minerals play a role in economic geology (both as an important mineral resource and in energy resource exploration) and soil management. Clays also have many negative effects in geotechnical engineering, manifested in the form of landslides, mudflows, and the deterioration of clay-based construction materials.... [-]

France Poitiers Portugal Aveiro Brazil Porto Alegre Greece Heraklion  + 4 More
September 2019
2 years

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Bât B27 - TSA 51106
4, rue Michel Brunet

Poitiers, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FR