Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination UPR 8241

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The "Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination" offers an expertise in the molecular chemistry of transition-metal and main group elements with specific research interests in fine chemicals and catalysis, bio-inorganic chemistry, nano-sciences and new materials.

A highly-qualified human potential (100 persons, including research and technical staff) provides advanced training in research for about 100 students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows in close partnership with a number of public and private enterprises in France, Europe, and over the world.

The Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) in Toulouse was created in 1974 as a dedicated CNRS laboratory. It operates as an Institute of fifteen research groups, supported by a high level of scientific and technical services. The organization of the lab and its management can count with the expertise of internal consulting groups composed of researchers and technical employees. These consulting group are strongly implied in various aspect of the lab’s everyday life, ranging from budget or communication, to sustainable development. Due to the dynamic nature of scientific research, and the normal inflow and outflow of scientific and technical employees, the LCC has seen a continuous evolution of its organisation and scientific strategies over more than 30 years of its existence.

The core focus of the Institute, on which its scientific policy is based, is:

Synthesis and reactivity in coordination chemistry and in inorganic chemistry of the main group elements

This central theme gives rise to three main lines of research each leading to interactions with other disciplines:

- Catalysis and fine chemicals with chemical engineering

- Molecular materials with physical properties

- Bio-inorganic chemistry and the role of metals in biology, interacting with life sciences, etc.

The scientific results obtained over the last number of years, together with academic distinctions awarded to researchers of the LCC, are evidence of sustained activity in these four areas of research. Based on this acquired expertise, the LCC now plans to develop projects at the interface with:

- Chemistry and industry (catalysis, materials, chemical encapsulators)

- Chemistry and physics (nanomaterials and materials with new physical properties)

- Chemistry and life sciences (radiolabelling, pharmaceuticals, chemical tools for genetics, biomimetic models)

These themes form the core mission of the laboratory.
The LCC also plans to continue its policy of education through research (graduate studies program), and will continue to host trainees at various stages of their education (PhD studies, post-doctoral fellowships, Marie Curie fellowships, etc.) and to provide state of the art training for future researchers in industry and publicly-funded research centres.

The LCC is constantly strengthening its contractual collaborations at the regional, national and international levels, via research contracts with industry - with a particular emphasis on small businesses - as well as with public agencies. Various cooperation agreements with the CNRS and the French Foreign Ministry, as well as with European and overseas universities, all testify to the wide reach of the LCC.