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The « Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire avec applications dans les Matériaux et la Catalyse » (LCMMC) has been created in October 2013. This is a French-Mexican International Associated Laboratory (LIA) buit up from 15 researchers of Toulouse and 15 Mexican partners located in Mexico-city, Cuernavaca, and Léon. It was created from the emergence of numerous collaborations between the Institut de Chimie de Toulouse (ICT – FR CNRS 2599) and various Mexican laboratories which decided to federate in a more visible entity to enhance their scientific relevance.

The LIA LCMMC is supported by the CNRS and the Université Paul Sabatier (UPS) for its French part, and by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia de México (CONACyT) and a consortium of Mexican universities:

  • the « Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México » (UNAM - Mexico)
  • the « Centro de Investigacíon y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN » (CINVESTAV – Mexico)
  • the « Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos » (UAEM – Cuernavaca)
  • the « Centro de Investigaciones en Optica » (CIO – Léon)
  • the « Universidad Iberoamericana » (UIA– Mexico)


In the French side, the LIA researchers come from three laboratories of Toulouse:

  • the « Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination » (LCC) of CNRS (UPR CNRS 8241) which is the official LIA address and where most LIA members are from
  • the « Laboratoire Hétérochimie Fondamentale et Appliquée » (LHFA - UMR CNRS 5069)
  • the « Laboratoire des Interactions Moléculaires et Réactivité Chimique et Photochimique » (IMRCP - UMR CNRS 5623).


A French and a Mexican coordinator have in charge the management of the scientific actions within the LIA :

  • Pascal Lacroix, LCC-CNRS, in Toulouse
  • Norberto Farfán, Facultad de Quimica (UNAM), in Mexico


The research conducted in the LIA is mainly devoted to inorganic chemistry. It is equally shared between material science and catalysis. Since its creation (4 years ago), the LIA has led to 30 scientific publications.

Apart from its scientific activities, the international laboratory favors any scientific contact and exchange between French and Mexican partners. Each year, various students and researchers exchanges are organized between the foreign laboratories, which includes attending international conferences (e.g. POLYMAT – Huatulco-, and IMRC – Cancun). In the context of these growing scientific exchanges, an agreement of cooperation between the UPS and the UNAM has recently been signed. It will lead to the possibility of PhD in joined supervision between the two universities. It has been operating since spring 2017.