LabEx CheMISyst


About CheMISyst

Chemistry of Molecular and Interfacial Systems (CheMISyst) is a focused excellence project combining state-of-the-art of scientific and technological approaches operating at the interface of chemistry, with biology and medecine on one side and physics on the other side in an un-precedented cross-disciplinary effort.

The unifying purpose of the CheMISyst roject is to combine long-range and short-range specific interactions over different scales and to implement them into multi-scale design. It is the ambition of the project to consider this domain beyond the supramolecular point of view.

The potential impact that CheMISyst provides, includes the following:

  • Complex systems can give rise to emergent properties and functions that result from interactions between components , and going beyond the properties of any single component.
  • The analytical "CheMISyst" aims at collecting information in the form of supramolecular and colloidal speciation about interacting components. Multi-scale modelling should be able to predict such properties of interest.
  • The self-assembly may be used to embody the flow of structural information from molecular level to nano- and mesoscopic scales.


Practical Summer School

Our practical summer school in Analytical and Separation Chemistry is held yearly for a full week including practical sessions since the first edition 2006 in Montpellier. Since 2012, the Practical summer school is in common with the associated teams within the Excellence laboratory "CheMISyst" (2012 – 2020), a project devoted to chemistry using the so-called weak Long Range Interactions, i.e. molecular interactions beyond binding to the nearest neighbour.

Our practical summer school enables us to welcome researchers interested in the content of our research programmes, experimental projects, and the methods developed at the ICSM. The programme lasts one week and is organised in collaboration with our partners (CEA/INSTN), and has been integrated into the activities of the Balard Research Centre since it was created. These practical European summer schools, which aim to achieve a level of pluridisciplinarity and attractiveness comparable to the Ecole des Houches for physicists, offer basic courses and specialised training on timely subjects.

  1. The 5th Marcoule practical summer school (2010), interfacing chemical, physical and biological sciences, focused on Analytical innovation in the field of actinide recycling, particularly:
    • the scientific aspects of actinide recycling (extraction, solvents, radiolysis, modelling, implementation of processes…),
    • present or prospective developments in analytical techniques (chips, hyphenated techniques…).
    The program was organised by DSV, DEN, INSTN and ICSM and supported by ACTINET, with a series of introductory lectures giving the state of the art in actinide recycling and prospects, and also in analytical innovations in the field of life science, applicable to chemistry. Two half-day sessions will be devoted to more specific lectures on these two topics. Two lectures will focus on basic knowledge of actinides, such as actinide chemistry and the chemical thermodynamics of solid solutions + practical sessions.
  2. In 2009, the School was run in association with the CETAMA (Analytical Methods Committee) and DSV (Life Science Devices)/Marcoule. The main topic was filter separation assisted by complexation. The practical exercises were done at Marcoule and participants worked on the “teaching” platform using AFM microscopes, which are serviced and also used by the CEA/DSV for training courses in cellular biology. This equipment is now available for other continuing education or training activities.
  3. In 2008, the School became European and was taught in English: the experimental theme was the preparation and dispersion of nanometric colloids (or nanoparticles) using techniques of fine chemistry in solvents, which was compared to innovative methods such as sonochemistry.
  4. In 2007, liquid-liquid extraction was the topic of study: all participants participated in various extraction experiments, which were then discussed in terms of concepts such as self-association and the organisation of complex fluids which were explained in detail during the courses. Practical exercises were completed at Marcoule, in particular at the VISIATOME.
  5. In 2006, the central theme was the preparation and characterisation of mesoporous materials. The School was run at the Charles Gerhardt Institute, except for the visit and the electronic microscope training part of the practical exercises completed during the programme.

If you are interested, contact Stéphane Pellet-Rostaind (stephane.pellet-rostaing ad or Philippe Moisy (philippe.moisy ad