The IMN Celebrates 25 Years of Materials Research
On the 25th and 26th of June, the IMN is celebrating its 25th anniversary with two days of presentations, debates and discussion with top scientists from France and across Europe. These include Erik Orsenna, writer and economist, who will give his vision of science, materials and specifically the future for energy, who will give a presentation and debate open to the general public.
Created in 1988 by the internationally renown French chemist Jean Rouxel, the Institute of Materials has become one of the principle materials research centres in France. Its work contributes to the design, development and improvement of new materials and key materials processes in diverse areas of high technology.
The Institute now contains more than 130 researchers (chemists, physicists, materials engineers from both the CNRS and University of Nantes), administrative and technical support staff, and 90 contracted staff within research.
Via the conception and characterisation of new materials, the laboratory works towards the optimisation of a wide range of materials properties. These properties are designed, tailored and tuned for various applications including photovoltaic (solar) cells, fuell cells, batteries for electric vehicles, nanotechnology as well as materials for computer memory, photonics and optics.
The Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel draws its strength from the convergence of diverse expertise of its staff. This competance is currently grouped within six research groups, primarily focussed around specific applications or groups of associated materials : Solar energy conversion and storage, Physics of Materials and Nanostructures, Plasmas and thin films, Electrochemical storage and conversion of energy, Inorganic materials for optics and storage, and Material engineering and metallurgy.
These research themes are reflected in the large number of institutional and industrial collaborations (Renault, St Gobain, Batscap, Total, STMicroelectronics, DCNS, Safran, ...) The laboratory is also a partner in six large scale regional infrastructure projects for the future. These include the IRT Jules Verne, a centre which will focus resources for its associated organisations in order to develop an integrated policy of research, training and commercialisation at the highest scientific and technological level.