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From in Situ HT-ESEM Observations to Simulation: How Does Polycrystallinity Affects the Sintering of CeO2 Microspheres?

In situ observation of the first stage of sintering of cerium dioxide microspheres performed using an environmental scanning electron microscope at high temperature (HT-ESEM).


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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.

HDR defense of Sandrine DOURDAIN

Sandrine DOURDAIN (LTSM) will defend her HDR dissertation entitled "Nanostructure for Separative chemistry" on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2 pm (ICSM Auditorium).

HDR defense of Stéphanie SZENKNECT

Stéphanie SZENKNECT? (lime) will defend her HDR dissertation entitled "Kinetics and thermodynamics of solid phases dissolution encountered in the "front-end and "back-end" activities in the nuclear fuel cycle" on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 2 pm (ICSM Auditorium).


Hybrid Systems for the Separation (LHYS)

Our team is focused on the interactions and organization between metals and organic ligands.
We have developed different subject in this area.



quantitative analysis of cations in liquids via ICP-AES

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