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Nouvelle traduction : Le mot du directeur

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Fabrice LEROUX, Director
CNRS senior research position
(section 15 CNRS)
Laurence HECQUET,
Vice Director
(section 32 CNU)

For the period 2017-2021, it’s my pleasure to take the direction of the Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (ICCF) with Laurence Hecquet, who will be my vice-director. ICCF, created in 2012, aims to centralize the research activities in chemistry of the site with the support of our three administrative oversights CNRS, Clermont Auvergne University (UCA) and the SIGMA Clermont. ICCF is structured around six research teams with strong specificities recognized at national and international levels in various multidisciplinary domains:

- Chemistry/Health - The team Materials for Health (MPS) with the integration of hospitable practitioners develops the technologies and needed materials for clinical applications, through the reconstruction and the tissular engineering and the interactions packaging/contents of medical devices - the team Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (COM) designs, according to innovative strategies or through healing plants extraction, organic molecules with biological activities which are evaluated on new therapeutic targets, and more particularly connected to the pain and to the cancer.

- Chemistry/Biology – The team Biocatalysis and Metabolism (BIOMETA) develops original activities in the field of transaminases, transcetolases and aldolases for the synthesis of chiral molecules for microbian metabolism in atmospheric chemistry and for the biodegradation of organic contaminants in the ground.

- Chemistry/Physics – The team Photochemistry has a strong expertise in the field of environmental study of polymers and their life cycle, and of the photochemical reactions in the aquatic medium – the team Thermodynamics and Molecular interactions (TIM) has various specificity such as the study of ionic liquids as new media for solvation, the transport mechanisms during cellulose dissolution, CO2 capture using aqueous solvents and a methodology for interface simulation using coarse grain models (mesoscopic scale)

- Chemistry/Materials – the team Inorganic Materials (MI) is recognized for its contribution on fluorinated materials, electrochemical storage, nano-structured materials (Layered Double Hydroxides) at the polymer interface or in interaction with biomolecules, luminescent materials as nano-probe for imaging and finally cold plasma for photovoltaic applications.

All of our Scientific,Technic and Administrative Services for Research (SSTAR) is our "spine", with very exceptional equipment, such as metabolomics platform, X ray diffraction, NMR for solid and liquid samples, thermal analysis…

The emergence of original and transversal projects within ICCF makes it possible to respond to the societal stakes surrounding chemistry for the environment, chemistry for living organisms and chemistry for materials. To instill more initiative and dynamism, ICCF pursues a policy of support for innovative projects (in particular, a thesis scholarship). A strong asset of our Institute is also the possibility of combining academic research and technology transfer, the "DNA" of our institute, illustrated by the Joint Research Laboratory with AREVA, the creation of a LaBCOM with MICHELIN and also strong links with the regional socio-economic tissue (AURA region, strong interactions with SATT Grand Centre and competitiveness clusters) and contracts with major national and international patent groups. ICCF has thus become an essential interlocutor of the site of Clermont-Ferrand by its national and international influence based on a network of collaborations with more than 22 countries and through 40 agreements guaranteeing the attractiveness of our Institute.

Finally, I will end this message, as the Director of IFFC, by a constant leitmotiv: Work and Share for everybody at ICCF, and for and with everybody who want to join ICCF to confirm our institute as a place of excellence for high-level research.

Fabrice LEROUX and Laurence HECQUET, 23 january 2017