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  • Complex systems and software engineering
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Institut de Chimie Physique (ICP)

Research unit


The Physical Chemistry Institute (ICP) is a multidisciplinary joint research laboratory (UMR 8000) where chemists, biologists and physicists are gathered around several societal challenges in the fields of Health (e.g. oxidative stress and theranostics), Environment (e.g. trace analysis, air and water depollution) and Energy (e.g. fuel cells, biofuels, photo- and/or electro-catalysis), which are explored with both theoretical and experimental approaches. Several theoretical approaches (in the context of the conception of software) and innovative experimental methodologies have been developed (some of them patented) in the ICP, namely the use of gold nanoparticles for therapeutic applications and the study of electron transfer in condensed media in order to unravel the elementary steps in redox reaction mechanisms. Scientific equipment and especially the platforms (CLIO, ELYSE, Gamma Source, SpICy, and Mass Spectrometry) of LCP are opened to academic and industrial collaborations. Several partnerships with the industry are under way, some of them concerning PhD research projects. It should also be stressed that ICP is strongly involved in the teaching of Physical Chemistry and its interfaces at the Paris-Sud Paris-Saclay University, as well as in the popularisation of Science.


  • Mr Guillaume VAN DER REST

Innovation themes

Map and access

15, avenue Jean Perrin
Bâtiment 349, Campus d'Orsay
91405 ORSAY

Our research areas


- detection of pollutants
- protein engineering
- statistical Thermodynamics
- data analysis using Bayesian statistics
- transient-absorption spectroscopy
- charge transfer and molecular dynamics
- microsystems for analytical chemistry
- physical chemistry of plamas and atmospheres
- fluorescence and infrared spectroscopic imaging
- time resolved fluorescence emission spectroscopy
- multiscale modelling in physical chemistry: from quantum to mesoscopic
- mass spectrometry combining ion mobility separation by ion mobility and photodissociation
- electrocatalysis, Photocatalysis, Radiolysis, Nanomaterials: synthesis and characterization

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Biotechnology
  • Health / wellness
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Education / Training
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Cosmetics

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 133
Number of researchers : 96
Number of doctoral students : 37

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academics and industry:
- CLIO: Free-electron laser (FEL) http://clio.lcp.u-psud.fr/clio_eng/clio_eng.htm
- ELYSE: Electron accelerator with picoseconds pulses and femtosecond lasers http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?rubrique41
- Ultra-fast Terahertz Spectrometer: http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?article307
- AFMIR: Nano-scale infrared spectral imaging (SPICY) http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?rubrique231
- Bifluor : Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)
- Panoramic gamma irradiation source: http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?article209
- Time resolved microwave conductivity
- FT-ICR: High resolution mass spectrometry http://www.fticr.org/rubrique18.html


Our results

Valuation offer

Patent :
- FLASH LAMP http://www.labex-palm.fr/en/promotion/68-gflr
- Polymer films/Plasmonic bichromatic nanoparticles (http://www.fist.fr/catalogue-cnrs/packaging-with-two-color-visual-effect-for-decoration-or-identification/)
- Engineering of new GFP variants (http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?article355)
- Birefringence measurement by perturbation and TeraHertz spectrometry http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?article307
- IR by high frequency deflection measurement (NanoIR http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?article358)

Softwares :
- GIBBS http://www.lcp.u-psud.fr/spip.php?rubrique274 (co-ownership with IFPEN)

- Bichromatic materials

Projects examples

- analytical biochemistry of oxidative stress and induced by radiation
- nanoparticles and biosensors diagnostic and therapy
- chemical reactivity and intra-protein dynamic
- controlled synthesis of metal nanoparticles and nanomaterials using radiolysis
-polyoxometalate and nanomaterials for energy storage (production of H2, reduction of O2, oxydation of alcools) and environment (reduction of NOx)

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

France: Laboratories of the chemistry department of Paris-Sud (ISMO, ICMMO...), CEA Saclay (LIMBE, LIDYL), SOLEIL, Institut Lumière Matière, Lyon, Curie institute, Orsay, Interactions cellulaires et physiopathologie hépatique, UMRS 1174, INSERM, INRA, Jouy en Josas, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris, Institut de Biologie et Chimie des Protéines, Lyon, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble

Private collaborations

Collaboration with several major companies


Establishments of affiliation