Responding to social issues
Chemistry laboratories think about concepts and technologies that will allow both the production and storage of renewable energies: photovoltaic and solar cells, batteries and supercapacitors, hydrogen as a new fuel, biomass development etc.
Materials and electronics
Chemistry is involved in the development of nanomaterials and their transformation into components for microelectronics, with the aim of optimizing production and limiting waste. Particularly, the CNRS Institute of Chemistry (INC) has made advances in research into conductive polymers and flexible electronic devices.
The INC contributes to the development of virtuous and ecological chemical cycles by "green chemistry," low-impact processes, bio-inspired chemistry, waste management and life cycles or micro-fluidic systems.
Therapeutic chemistry contributes to the development of novel treatments, for cancer or Alzheimer's disease, for example by MRI contrast agents. Also, materials for implants and grafts are being improved.