Institut Lavoisier de Versailles

Institut Lavoisier de Versailles is one of the 35 laboratories at U. Versailles St Quentin (UVSQ), France and is a UVSQ-CNRS joint lab (UMR 8180). It contains 6 research groups (inorganic and organic chemistry). Among them, the group "Porous Solids", with 5 permanent CNRS researchers, one university professor and 2 university lecturers, has gained international recognition for its pioneering work on MOFs, recently illustrated by a CNRS Gold medal (G. Férey), a ERC grant (C. Serre) and the publication of more than 300 research articles within the last decade, including journals such as Science or Nature. Headed by Dr C. Serre (since 2009). It focuses its activities on developing a global approach of the synthesis and characterization of MOFs and using them as multifunctional materials. The porous solids team was evaluated in 2009 by the French national evaluation agency “AERES” and quoted the best ranking A+. The main research topic concerns the hydro or solvothermal synthesis of new porous carboxylate (or phosphonates, cathecolates…) -based MOFs, based on transition or 3p metals, and their structural characterisation. Collaborations have been developed to evaluate the storage or separation properties (gas, vapours, liquids) properties and the development of biomedical applications of MOFs as well as the preparation of thin films. The porous solids group has been involved in several EU projects (FP6 DESANNS (CO2 capture); ERC BioMOFs; FP7 Macademia (separation and catalysis); FP7 Sotherco (heat transfer) as well as six ANR French projects (storage, separation, drug delivery…) and CNano-IDF projects (thin films). The group collaborates with academic partners (France, Europe or Asia) as well as industrials partners (IFP, PSA, Michelin, Renault, Air Liquide, Rhodia, Sanofi-Aventis…).