Focus on a Laboratory: ICMN

The ICMN laboratory (Interfaces, Confinement, Materials, and Nanostructures) is a joint research unit (UMR7374) of the CNRS and the University of Orléans, with activities in the field of materials science.

ICMN's activities, at the intersection of several disciplines (physics, chemistry), involve the study of nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, and confined environments, where a high proportion of interfaces and a finite amount of material give rise to remarkable properties.

ICMN contributes its expertise to the MATEX program, particularly in the field of designing, developing, and characterizing nanostructured and/or nanocomposite multimatériaux (multimaterials), whose characteristics can be modulated to provide good performance under extreme conditions.

Within the MATEX program, ICMN collaborates with several companies (IDI Composites, Kemica, Jacobi, Xenocs, Vermont, Lasalys, DWS) for diverse applications related to the development of materials that must meet very demanding usage specifications, exceeding ordinary limits.

We participate in the MATEX industrial club, which is a highly productive forum for exchange between academic research and the industrial fabric, with the aim of overcoming scientific and technical challenges that cannot be addressed in a conventional R&D approach conducted solely at the economic actors' scale.

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