Research Activities

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Thanks to the fundamental research work developed in the lab, Solvay intends to propose innovative materials with tailored properties to answer to three main challenges: lightweight solutions for transportation, enhanced barrier properties for environmental safety and mastering of the life cycle of engineering plastics and rubbers. Our general approach is to envision new materials through the development of fundamental concepts of polymer physics like glass transition mechanisms in polymer, polymer blends, in the vicinity of interfaces, Inter-diffusion of polymer blends or polymer/solvent systems close and bellow Tg, H-bonded polymers, Statistical mechanics of rupture and damaging in soft and hard materials, rheology of polymer blends,  plasticization mechanisms … 

Our lab has established a strong collaborative network at the French and European levels, in particular through collaborative programs funded by the French funding agency (ANR) and the European Union (FP7). 

Both experimental and theoretical/numerical research activities are combined in LPMA. On the experimental side, LPMA possesses a wide spectrum of tools for processing and post-processing (extruders, microcompounders, internal mixers, press), for dynamical and structural/morphological studies (mechanical spectroscopy, broadband dielectric spectroscopy, rheometry and linear and non-linear regimes, DSC, low field, low resolution NMR). It has routine access to electron and optical microscopy and to all kinds of physico-chemical characterization tools (IR, UV, Raman spectrometry, surface tension measurements, high resolution NMR). It has access to wide angle Xray diffraction (partner of the Centre de Diffraction Henri Longchambon consortium), to neutron and X scattering techniques at large scale facilities (ILL, ESRF, Soleil, FRM2), to solid state NMR through academic collaborations.

A list of main recent publications can be found here

The research activity of the lab are currently focusing on 3 main aspects :