Presentation of the RAPSODEE Laboratory - UMR 5302

Research Topics and Strategy

RAPSODEE, Research Centre in Albi on Particulate Solids, the Energy and Environment, is a joint research centre - UMR 5302 - of the French National Research Centre (CNRS) since 2001. The Laboratory activities are organized in two research teams, carrying out their research in the field of energy, environment and particle engineering.

As regards areas of Energy and Environment, research is focused on:

- Energy carriers production and materials with engineered properties, by developing environmental and energy efficiency processes, from biomass dedicated crops or waste biomass more or less contaminated with heavy metal and/or organic pollutants.

- Processes implementing renewable energies (Solar, Biomass)

Energy and Environmental industries are among the application fields.

As regards the area of particle engineering, research is focused on:

- Design and development of new sustainable processes (more intense, more cost-effective, more environmentally-friendly, safer) using particulate solids and developing characterization, generation, transport, formulation, mixture and shaping particles methods.

Pharmaceuticals and food industries are among the application fields.

RAPSODEE laboratory is also involved in the Laboratory of Excellence « LabEx SOLSTICE » and with the Excellence Equipment « EquipEx GENEPI ». These labels are granted by the French Government to a very limited number of laboratories with outstanding track records in the dedicated fields.

Collaborative networks

Our research is carried out in close cooperation with international and top laboratories and teams in the US, China, India, Brazil, Canada and in Ireland. Joint research brings a strong and dynamic growth through strategic cooperation which is strengthening our ties with our main French and international industrial partners (Joint Research Laboratories) and opening out to new research activities.


Our research laboratory has about 100 employees (associate professors, researchers, engineers, administrative and technical staff, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers). Many of the doctoral thesis are under international co-supervision.

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