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Separation chemistry: a step toward greener metal recycling processes

Chemists working together at ICSM as part of a French-German collaborative project, together with the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and Universität Regensburg (Germany), have successfully explained how extractant molecules behave, as used in metal recycling and decontamination.


PhD defense of Baptiste RUSSO

Baptiste RUSSO (LNER) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Porous nanocomposite materials prepared with Rice Husk from Camargue used as sorbants" on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 9.00 am (ICSM Auditorium).

PhD defense of Nicolas FELINES

Nicolas FELINES (LTSM) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Optically pure ligands for the extraction of actinides" on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 10.30 am (ICSM Auditorium).

PhD defense of Jérémie MANAUD

Jérémie MANAUD (LIME) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Hydrothermal conversion of tetravalent actinides oxalates from the synthesis to the sintering of oxide powders" on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 10.00 am (ICSM Auditorium).

PhD defense of Laura BONATO

Laura BONATO (LSFC) will defend her Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Sonochemical reactivity of nanocrystalline actinide oxides" on Friday, November 13th, 2020 at 10.00 am (ICSM Auditorium).

PhD defense of Zijun LU

Zijun LU (LTSM) will defend his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Multi-scale approach for understanding and optimization of uranium extraction from sulfuric media by nitrogenous amphiphiles" on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at 10.00 am (ICSM Auditorium).


Study of Matter in Environmental Conditions (L2ME)

Objective of the team: A multi-scale approach for material characterization, from nanometer to micron, in real space and in Fourier space.


Thermal analysis

Thermogravimetric analysis

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