Developing research for a sustainable nuclear industry and alternative energies

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High-resolution X-ray absorption spectroscopy as a probe of crystal-field and covalency effects in actinide compounds (FR)

First illustration of the ability of this technique to directly probe the crystal-field splitting in the 5f shell of actinides.


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10th international conference "Interfaces Against Pollution" (IAP)

10-13 June 2018 at "La grande Motte" in France, a date to incluse in his agenda. A conference about the key role played by (bio)interfaces and (bio)colloids in complex environmental processes and media to develop environmental remediation technologies.

ICSM Seminar - Pr. Pratap Bahadur

Pr. Pratap Bahadur (VNSG University Surat India) will deliver a seminar entitled "Surface, Colloid and Polymer Science – A bird’s eye view of my half century romance" Monday, April 23, 2018 at 02.30 pm (mezzanine room)


Laboratory for Nanomaterials for Energy and Recycling (LNER)

This team deals with the research on nanomaterials used in the field of energy. This concerns the nuclear energy, with separative chemistry and nanostructure materials.


Electronic microscope

Two SEM and a TEM are available at ICSM.

The Institute for Separation Chemistry in Marcoule (ICSM)

Created in January 2007, the Institute for the Separation Chemistry in Marcoule (ICSM) is a Joint Research Unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche UMR 5257) between CEA, CNRS, UM, and ENSCM. The building has been inaugurated in June 2009 with laboratories opened in the Fall 2009, and has obtained authorization to start experiments including a few grams of depleted uranium and natural thorium in January 2010. Last take-off was from our theory group, who started in October 2009.

Separation chemistry, a branch of physical chemistry, is a key part of the "green chemistry". The science required is the emerging "Nanoscience" as defined by Bernard Bigot (Haut-Commissaire à l’Energie Atomique at the launching of the ICSM as a project in July 2004). The last scientific report 2011 – 2014 (click here to download) gives an overview of the work published and submitted since January 2011. The 8 active research teams still work in the direction of the scientific open questions as defined and published by the French Academy in 2007