The Chemistry - Chemical Engineering laboratories

In chemistry and chemical engineering, CPE Lyon is involved in several research laboratories associated with the CNRS and / or the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

They are in 3 departments :

  • Organic chemistry : a field that is involved in describing and studying a large class of carbon based molecules and organic compounds.
  • Process engineering : the application of chemistry at an industrial level, establishing operational conditions, work on controls, security etc.


Organic chemistry department

Institute of Molecular and Supramolecular chemistry and biochemistry (ICBMS)

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UMR 5246 UCB Lyon 1 - CNRS - INSA Lyon - CPE Lyon

Director : Loïc BLUM
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The institute of molecular and supramolecular chemistry and biochemistry belongs to 2 CNRS departments, the CHEMISTRY department and the LIFE SCIENCES department. It was constituted on January 2007 following the merger of the "Enzymes, Biological Membranes and Biomimetics" biochemistry unit and the "Synthesis Methodologies and Bioactive Molecules" chemistry unit.

The ICBMS currently has 174 people: 84 permanent staff including 58 researchers and lecturer-researchers and 90 temporary staff including 63 doctorate students and post doctorate researchers.

The work hinges on 3 major themes that relate to both chemistry and biochemistry:

Innovation in synthesis methodology making new molecular architecture accessible, identifying new medicinal products and bioactive molecules and understanding how they work are among the major concerns of the ICBMS teams.

The unit’s work relates in particular to:

  • The strategy for synthesising complex functional structures.
  • The new catalytic processes (enantioselectivity, biocatalysis).
  • The challenges of clean chemistry: new reaction media, economic strategies, renewable resources.
  • Life molecules: sugars, peptides, nucleic acids, lipids.
  • The study and evaluation of the biological properties of complex molecular assemblies.
  • Study of the organisation and dynamics of biological membranes.
  • The development of new tools and detection methods specific to diagnosis (biocaptors, biochips, microfluidic systems)

Several major scientific fields are thus concerned:

  • The dynamics of life
  • Chemistry of life
  • Synthetic chemistry
  • Biotechnology and nanosciences

Every year the work of the ICBMS translates on average into 17 theses, the publication of 110 articles, 70 invitations to give conferences and seminars and 8 registered patents.

The scientific activity at ICBMS is based on a strong partnership with the world of industry (more than 35 partner enterprises on the most recent or current work) and on a great many international collaborations, through exchanges and hosting overseas researchers, piloting or participation in European projects and partnerships on targeted scientific programmes (USA, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Israel, Madagascar, Vietnam).


Chemical engineering department

Chemistry, catalysis, polymers and processes laboratory (LC2P2)

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UMR 5265 CNRS - CPE Lyon

Director : Timothy McKENNA

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The LC2P2 is made up of 2 research groups:

The surface OrganometalliC chemistry (LCOMS) GROUP

The two fold objectives of the LCOMS is to create active sites on surfaces that are uniform in structure and with catalytic properties are thoroughly understood and to apply this tool to organometallic surface chemistry in order to realise powerful catalysers for industry.

All the problems tackled at the LCOMS laboratory attempt to transfer the concepts and tools of organometallic molecular chemistry to heterogeneous catalysis with a view to creating on the surfaces of active sites, uniform in structure, in a sufficient high numbers and whose catalytic properties may be described with the assistance of the mechanisms of homogenous catalysis.

These problems led the laboratory to focus on the two complementary and parallel areas of surface organometallic chemistry on one hand and catalysis on the other.

There are 43 members of the team. Among whom is Yves Chauvin, emeritus director of research at the laboratory, who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry on 5 October 2005.

LCOMS research group website 
LCOMS presentation leaflet


The purpose of LCPP is to associate chemistry and polymerisation process engineering research without sacrificing either! In fact the absolute objective is to understand polymers and innovate in this field by identifying synergies between the two fields of research..

The activities relate to:

  • Developing innovative ways of controlling properties, from molecules to complex systems, using new reactions and new processes. 
  • There is a constant effort to ensure that what we learn to do in chemistry is not lost in the processes!
  • Developing a knowledge base that is able to evolve and improve in
  • the long term and tools and processes for industrial partners for the next 5 to 10 years.
  • The team is made up of around 30 people.

LCPP research group website 
LCPP presentation leaflet

catalytic process engineering laboratory (LGPC)

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UMR 2214 CNRS - CPE Lyon

Director : Claude de BELLEFON
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Half the LGPC team is made up of researchers with a chemistry background and the other half of researchers with a chemical engineering background.

At LGPC, we dream about what the factory of the future will be like by working on the design and operation at its heart: the catalytic reactor. At the LGPC we dream about the borders between disciplines being broken down and we work to that end by collaborating with chemists and chemical engineers in industry, academic research and education.

At LGPC we dream about efficiency going hand in hand with humanity and that also requires work!

The LGPC has around 25 people. It has 900m² at CPE Lyon, as well as 50 m² in the school’s pilot hall. 

LGPC presentation leaflet

Automatic and chemical engineering laboratory (LAGEP)

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UMR 5007 UCB Lyon 1 – CNRS - CPE Lyon

Director : Hatem FESSI
Deputy directors : Christian JALLUT et Bernard MASCHKE
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Since it was set up by Jacques BORDET in January 1988, the LAGEP has worked efficiently to put in place multidisciplinary areas of research in automatic control and process engineering.

It has also ensured that researchers from these two disciplines continue to undertake specific high level research to ensure the quality of the multidisciplinary research. Its objective is to continue in this way.

The objective of LAGEP is to undertake multidisciplinary research on one hand and to combine process engineering and pharmaceutical technology on the other.

The following areas of research are among the laboratories thematic priorities:

  • Solid formation. This area of research involves two major projects: the coupled transfer of materials and of heat and crystallisation, agglomeration and precipitation. The crystallisation research project now includes work of pharmaceutical interest.
  • Transfers and physico-chemical reactions and life sciences. The work undertaken in this area concerns technological pharmaceutical engineering and modelling, particle process controls, physico-chemistry of colloids, polymerisation in a dispersed medium, medical and environmental diagnosis.
  • Modelling and process control. This area deals with non linear systems and processes and process dynamics: models, structures and control commands.

LAGEP presentation leaflet