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Université Lille1 (FR)

Lille1 University is one of France’s premier campuses. Essential figures include a student population of 20,500 plus 15,000 in the country’s biggest adult education centre. Almost 10,000 degrees are delivered each year and 4,000 training periods are undertaken.
The main areas of study cover Mathematics and computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Economics and Management, Social Sciences, and all forms of Engineering/Technologies.

The international dimension is ever present with our focus on creating an international environment. This is clearly expressed with over 3700 international students on the campus with representation of 64 nationalities, 200 international staff mobility and 450 outgoing students each year. High profile interuniversity agreements exist on all five continents and networks have been developed with Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia where the creation of double diplomas or European framework of recognition has been a major tool.

Research and the Environment : Lille1 has 1,400 PhD students yearly working with the 44 research laboratories on campus, two-thirds of which are supported by the State CNRS. Areas of excellence include Electronics; Engineering and Computer Science, Materials, Bio production, Optics and Chemistry. City, Space and Society are mainly handled by economists. Research at Lille1 is supported by a Regional and the National Committee (French Ministry of research and the CNRS) and also by European Research Development projects. Some laboratories develop a European strategy by creating “joint European laboratories”.

The Department of Chemistry of Lille1 University (website in French) (UFR de Chimie: 87 Academic Staff-researchers, 62 engineers, administrative staff, technicians) develops a wide variety of activities of formation and research, part of which is at the interface with biology and physics. It consists of six CNRS quality accredited laboratories whose themes of research cover all specialities of the discipline (Catalysis, Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Solid State chemistry, Metallurgy and Materials, Combustion Processes, Infrared and Raman Spectrochemistry ); plus a group accredited by the French Ministry of National Education (Processes of Fluid -Materials Interactions) and two groups interacting with the Biology and Earth Sciences departments. Contact networks with the regional/national industry as well as numerous national and international research collaborations are developing upon our scientific community competencies.

The department of Chemistry (UFR) is strongly implied in the University Lille1 new offer of formation fitting the European Bologna scheme by delivering first cycle degrees i.e. Licences in « Sciences and Technologies » (5 options :Chemistry, Physics-Chemistry, Physical sciences and Mathematics, Biochemistry, Professional Licence), and second cycle degrees i.e. Master « Sciences de la Matière » (5 specialities ) ; Master Environment ; Master Measures, Instrumentation and Processes ; Master Biology and Biotechnologies. At the doctoral level, top quality equipments are available on campus and cover the research fields of the above described groups. A wide variety of courses is proposed and designed to make our UFR a pole of attractivity for future students and researchers in chemistry.

Advanced Spectroscopy is already at work in most of the described research groups, i.e. with a “home designed” Raman microprobe and other spectrometers developed by the Dilor company; a platform of single crystal diffractometers, plus a set of powder X ray diffractometers running data from –150°C up to +1200 °C; a unique NMR facility including a 800MHz new unit monitored by a world wide known methodology developer; complex impedance spectroscopy for the characterisation of ionic conductors such as the BIMEVOX family; XPS and surface spectroscopy for catalysis materials, and all types of spectroscopic equipments necessary for routine analysis in chemistry.