Director’s Introduction

The LOF was founded around 3 great ideas:

  • To gather in a same place academic and industrial teams working on joint research programs.
  • To explore new experimental approaches such as miniaturization, local analysis and microfluidics to address physicochemistry problems in addition to more conventional methods.
  • To develop new skills by forging relevant collaborations to address increasingly complex issues with multidisciplinary teams focused on common goals.

These founding principles have always been present and structuring for the laboratory in its construction and evolution.

After a decade of existence, the laboratory is now an entity recognized both in the academic world and within Solvay.

Several major successes in programs conducted in close collaboration with the academic and industrial players of the laboratory have reinforced our belief in the synergies and complementarities between high-level academic research and the development of industrial applications correlated with this research.

We do not succeed, of course, alone. The structuring of partnerships, both academic and industrial, with different Solvay teams, is fundamental to conducting multidisciplinary research that will be key in future discoveries and innovations. This is why, for years, the laboratory has naturally turned to relevant and complementary research teams to be able to carry out our programs and support our developments. Well established in the Bordeaux campus, the laboratory relies on a network of local, national and international collaborations to address long-term and medium-term projects.

As a place of innovation and collaboration, the laboratory is naturally a place of attraction and training for confirmed and future scientists. Education of young scientists for academic and industrial research remains one of our central activities.

The success of the laboratory is the result of its dynamism, the daily involvement of the team and the support of the various partners of the UMR. Its development will depend on its ability to maintain its equilibrium, its openness and its level of requirement to continue to federate its actors around a common and structuring project.


Pierre Guillot – Director of the UMR LOF