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Vitamin C boosts ceria-based catalyst recycling

The facile, rapid, and complete reductive dissolution of CeO2 and ceria-based oxides, known to be highly refractive materials towards dissolution, is reported for the first time in very mild conditions.


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PhD defense of Sarah Hocine

Sarah HOCINE (LMCT) will defense her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Adsorption of alkali cations and electrokinetic phenomena on charged silica surfaces" on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 1.30 pm (ICSM Auditorium).

"Overbeek" Gold medal 2017

In 2017, the "Overbeek" gold medal has been awarded by ECIS to Prof. Thomas Zemb. This prize, created in 2005, recognizes extended periods of scientific excellence, including excellent careers in, and inspiring contributions to, the field of colloid and interface science.


Interface of materials in Evolution Laboratory (LIME)

The approach built in the lab aims at establishing and understanding the correlations between the microstructure of a solid material and its capability to be altered.


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