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Nanosciences et Innovation pour les Matériaux, la Biomédecine et l'Energie

Research unit


NIMBE (Nanosciences and Innovation for Materials, Biomedicine and Energy) is a CEA-CNRS research unit that was created on January 1st, 2015. NIMBE chose a transverse scientific structure based on the proficiency of conception, shaping and material analysis from the micro-scale to the nano-scale, as well as the understanding of physical-chemistry mechanisms and their synergies at these scales. These approaches are mainly applied to major social issues such as (nano)materials for sustainable management of the energy, the environment or the treatment of information, biomedical diagnosis, patrimony?


  • Mr Serge PALACIN

Innovation themes

Lab of attachment

Map and access

Route de l'Orme aux Merisiers
CEA - Saclay, Bâtiment 125

Our research areas


- synthesis of materials and objects at the nanoscale
- shaping materials
- (nano)caracterisation
- soft Lithography
- molecular and organic electronics
- flexible and printed electronics
- (nano)Materials for energy
- electrochemical and chemical storage
- chemical-electric and light-electric conversions
- materials sustainability and life cycle
- chemical sensors and biosensors
- imaging of biological interactions
- drug vectorization
- enviromental chemistry
- molecular simulations

Applications sectors

  • Construction / Architecture / Urban planning / Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Health / wellness
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Chemistry / Plastics (Glue, Plastic, Rubber...)
  • Materials (Metal, Glass, Ceramic, Composite...)
  • Cosmetics

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 185
Number of researchers : 156
Number of doctoral students : 42

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academics and industry:

- CASIMIR (Chamber for Surfaces and Interfaces Analysis of Radiating Materials)
- Nuclear Microprobe
- X-Ray Scattering Platform (SAXS, USAXS, WAXS)
- Electrons Accelerator ALIENOR (water radiolysis)
- Confocal Microscopy
- Mass Spectrometry
- Raman Micro-spectroscopy
- Surface functionalization
- Microfluidics
- Nano-objects Synthesis by laser pyrolysis
- Laboratory re-corrosion experiments using stable isotopes
- 3D printing


Our results

Valuation offer

Projects examples

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

-France: ITODYS, LPICM, IEF, LPN, LPS, ISIS, ENS Paris, ICSN, LCPO, XLIM, ISMO, CIRIMAT, Soleil, ILV, LLB, CEA : DEN, LITEN, LIST, Ibitecs, BIG, INAC, SPEC. Collège de France, ICSN, Institut Galien, ICMCB, CPE Lyon, CRPP, Institut Charles Gerhard, Institut Jean Rouxel, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, LAMBE, LASIE, IMPMC, GET, INSP, PPSM, LSCE, IPGP, Institut Néel, ESRF, CINAM, ILL, ISC Rennes
- Europe: TU Dresden (Allemagne), MPI Astronomy Jena, Uni. Berlin, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf (DE), Uni. Firenze, Uni. Padova, Uni. Milano (IT), Pumpkin (DK), Oak Ridge NL, Pacific Northwest NL, Sandia NL, Uni. Granada, Uni. Madrid (SP), Uni. Jyvaskyla (FI), Uni. Mons (BE), King's College London, Uni. Cambridge, Uni. Hull (UK), Budapest Uni. (HU)
- International: San José State Uni., Harvard Medical School (USA), Uni. Tsukuba, Uni. Saga, Uni. Kyushu, RIKEN CLST-Jeol (JP)

Private collaborations

SME (Ethera, Nawatechnologies, Ajelis, Genes'Ink, A-Corros, Protec Industrie, Biowintech)


Establishments of affiliation