Continue to enhance our reputation, strengthen our scientific focus, deepen our integration in the regional and national networks of INSIS and CNRS laboratories: these are our goals for the coming year.

The renewal of our centre as a UMR in 2012 has brought a new dynamic to our work, giving different perspectives from the previous years. Our association with the CNRS will tie our laboratory more closely into regional and national projects, while bringing recognition to our centre for its specific scientific positioning and identity. This renewal of our status has already started to bear fruit, through our tenders for future investment through success in thelaboratories of excellence (LABEX) project. RAPSODEE[1], in cooperation with the PROMES CNRS laboratory in Odeillo (project initiators) and the University of Montpellier, obtained the certification of LABEX SOLSTICE (Science and Conversion of Energy). Our integration with the associated international laboratory of the CNRS (LIA) « Sustainable Energy (LSE) » in partnership with 7 other laboratories of the INSIS (GEPEA-UMR6144, PROMES-UPR 852, LRGP-UPR 6811, LGC-UMR 5503, Cethil-UMR 5008, LTN-UMR 6607, LOCIE-UMR 5271) and with laboratories of the Chinese academy of science is a further step towards strengthening our links with the INSIS network of laboratories. Cooperation with the CNRS is also an important element in binding us to the regional scientific network. A good example of this is the GALA[2] platform, which federates a CNRS laboratory network in the Midi-Pyrénées region around the field of advanced galenics. The regional laboratories associated with the CNRS are the LGC (UMR 5503), the CIRIMAT (UMR 5085), the SPCMIB (UMR 5068), and the IMRPC (UMR 5623).This platform constitutes a network of competences in innovative galenics that will lead to progress in this strategic research area. It is part of a region advance in the field of healthcare (structuring technology platforms supporting the Cancer-Bio-Health competitivity cluster. Another example is the organization of the 7th Symposium on Industrial Crystallization and Precipitation (CRISTAL7) in cooperation with the LGC.

Another important event is the arrival on delegated assignment of a professor (Patrick Sharrock) in September 2012. This was made possible by the support of the INSIS and the Midi-Pyrénées regional delegation. The staff are particularly grateful for this support for our laboratory from the INSIS and the CNRS.

On 31st January 2015, the total workforce of the laboratory was 97 people:

  • 30 research lecturers, of which 55 are Approved Research Directors HDR[3];

  • 4 research engineers ( 1 CNRS HDR[3]; 1 ARMINES HDR[3]);

  • 3 studies engineers (2 CNRS);

  • 10 technicians;

  • 3 administrators;

  • 1 visiting professor

  • 39 PhD students, of which a quarter are international co-tutored students (Algeria, Brazil, China, Colombia, USA); one third are on direct industrial contract (CIFRE, etc), and two thirds on other projects and funding (public institution funding, National Research Agency ANR[4], Region, ADEME, etc);

  • 7 in post-doctoral positions.


 Ange Nzihou, Director of the RAPSODEE Centre – UMR CNRS 5302



Photograph of the RAPSODEE Centre (December 2012)
Photograph of the RAPSODEE Centre (December 2012)
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RAPSODEE[1] Laboratory

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