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The IMN Celebrates 25 Years of Materials Research

afficheOn 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.

En débarquant en Allemagne en juin prochain, Magali Gauthier rejoindra un groupe très sélect et très particulier. L’étudiante passera une semaine en compagnie de 37 lauréats du prix Nobel et de plus de 600 étudiants venus de partout dans le monde.

Carbon nanocages grow by eating small molecules


Scientists from the CNRS Institute of Materials in France with the Florida State University (FSU) and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) located in Tallahassee, Florida in the United States, along with colleagues from Nagoya University in Japan, have solved the 25-year old mystery of how the iconic family of caged-carbon molecules, fullerenes, form. The results shed fundamental light into the self-assembly of carbon networks and should have important implications for carbon nanotechnology, and also provide insight into the origin of space fullerenes that are found throughout the Universe.

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