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Incorporation of Thorium in the Zircon Structure Type through the Th1-xErx(SiO4)1-x(PO4)x Thorite–Xenotime Solid Solution

Pure Th1−xErx(SiO4)1−x(PO4)x compounds belonging to the zircon–xenotime family were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions (250 °C, 7 days).


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ICSM Seminar - Pr. Ekaterina V. Skorb

Pr. Ekaterina V. Skorb (Infochemistry Group, ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation) will deliver a seminar entitled "Photon to Proton conversion at semiconductor / polyelectrolyte / lipid bilayer interfaces: physico-chemical basis and application for light-induced actuation of pH-sensitive assemblies" Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 11 am (mezzanine room)

PhD defense of Maximilian PLEINES

Maximilian PLEINES (LTSM) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Viscosity-control and prediction of microemulsions" on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 3.00 pm (ICSM Auditorium).


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.



micro-Raman experiments can be performed 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