The Institute of Mineralogy and condensed matter physics (IMPMC) is a joint research unit of CNRS, University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris 6 and Paris Diderot-Paris 7, Institute of Earth Physics of Paris and the Institute of Development Research.
As a multidisciplinary institute, it brings together physicists, biologists, mineralogists to study the structure of matter, its behavior, its relationship with microorganisms ... About 70 researchers and professors, and thirty engineers, technicians and administrative staff are involved. The institute maintains collaborations with industry particularly in the field glasses and pharmacy.
The following research topics are treated at IMPMC :
Magnetic nanoparticles, synthetic or natural, XMCD - Impurities in natural minerals and synthetic archaeomaterials
Prediction of physical properties of real materials with ab initio methods for determining electronic structures
Synthesis and study of structural and dynamic properties of complex materials
Physical properties of condensed matter under extreme conditions
Study of structural and elastic properties of materials of geophysical interest in extreme conditions
Understanding and modeling of reactions involving minerals during basic steps of cycles (bio) geochemical major and trace metal elements on the surface of the Earth
Understanding the mechanisms involved in mineral transformations induced by microorganisms
Understanding of the rated short (2-5 Å) and medium range (5-20 Å) in glasses and liquids, synthetic and geological
Theoretical and modeling of protein folding
Structural studies of macromolecular assemblies
Study of the biological role of inner shell ionizations in DNA - Fragmentation of molecules of biological interest and aggregates
The instrumentation has IMPMC important chromatographs, spectrometers, diffractometers, transmission electron microscopes and scanning, to discover in our "Community facilities" and in each research team.
He maintains collaborations with industry particularly in the field glasses and pharmacy.