Placed under the supervision of Clermont Auvergne University, CNRS and Sigma Clermont, the Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, ICCF, is a multidisciplinary institute in chemistry with 120 permanent staff.
The ICCF is structured around 6 research teams, namely: BIOcatalysis and METABolism (BIOMETA), Organic and Medicinal Chemistry (COM), Inorganic Materials (MI), Materials for Health (MPS), Photochemistry and Thermodynamics of Molecular Interactions ( TIM). Its strengths are in powerful modeling and characterization tools that rely on an extensive instrumental park for the analysis of molecules in liquid media as well as solids, and provide its skills and knowledge on major societal issues in three interface areas. :
- The Chemistry and Environment focuses on the fate (transfers and transformations) of chemical pollutants in the water / vegetation / soil compartments, on the bio-physico-chemical study of clouds and on the development of production processes and eco-compatible treatments using ionic liquids or advanced materials.
- The Chemistry and Materials axis puts at the heart of its activities the development and shaping of new innovative materials (HDL-polymer nanocomposites, fluorinated nanomaterials, hybrid and biomaterial materials, luminescent nanoparticles, biosourced materials, polymers) and the study of their performance and durability for applications in energy storage and transmission, photovoltaics, imaging, surface treatment and polymer durability, detection.
- The Chemistry for Life axis focused on the design and study of the biological potential of molecules (anticancer or analgesic) and enzymatic level materials, at the cellular level, up to the animal and the humans, by favoring strategies of powerful syntheses (biocatalysis, soft chemistry, click chemistry) and innovative processes (biomaterials, vectorization for imaging, supported biocatalysts, biosensors).