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Physics and chemistry for life sciences and the environment

The double helix structure of DNA (Image CEA/IRAMIS).

Physical Chemistry for life sciences : The basic principles of chemistry and physics naturally apply to biology although its complexity is challenging. Some methods in nanotechnology, developed by physicists and chemists within IRAMIS, can be used to explore it. Research in that field focuses on both the development of biosensors where the know-how in chemical functionalization is used, or on the exploitation of magnetic properties to explore the elements of life in vitro, in cellulo and finally in vivo.


In addition, spectroscopic methods and in particular neutron scattering, with its sensitivity to light elements, allows exploring with a physicist point of view, the dynamic properties of biomolecules.

Physical Chemistry for the environment : Mastery of our environment is a major challenge for the coming years. While in some cases nanotechnologies are suspected generating further contamination, they can also be used for new methods of pollution control and environmental regeneration.


Last update : 02/28 2016 (810)

Research topics
Several methods are developed by the IRAMIS teams to develop sensitive , selective and efficient chemical sensors. With these objectives, nanotechnologies are widely used, this involving the use of nanoporous materials or functionalized objects.
This topic shared between the CEA, the CNRS, the 'Institut de Physique du Globe' of Paris and the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris VI) called upon environment and Earth sciences with physics and chemistry. Developed research combines tests at the laboratory, ground studies and ... More »
Today, industrial and scientific activities employing radioactive elements produce considerable amounts of waste that may pose a risk to the environment and to public health due to their chemical and ionizing properties. Understanding the transfer mechanisms of such anthropogenically derived ... More »
Three research programs of the IRAMIS found an natural extension towards biology: Molecular engineering, where studies of co-operative interactions of molecules in solution found a direct extension towards studies of proteins and of the various assembly modes of biological interest ... More »


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