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Who are we ?

Founded in 1963, the Paul Pascal Research Center (CRPP) is a CNRS laboratory [1]. Belonging to the CNRS Chemistry Institute and the Aquitaine Regional Delegation [2], the CRPP is a multidisciplinary research laboratory with an international outlook and close ties to the local university.


A multidisciplinary laboratory
An international outlook
Beyond the lab


A multidisciplinary laboratory


The Center employs both CNRS researchers and professors of the University of Bordeaux, reflecting a close association between higher education and scientific research. But partnerships are not limited to the University ; the CRPP is also linked to the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux (ENSCBP) and the Institute of Technology of the University of Bordeaux.
Widely recognized for the development and characterization of complex systems, the laboratory covers diverse areas of research from soft matter to advanced materials to the interface of physical chemistry and biology. These investigations are carried out by 6 research groups.


An international outlook


Whether though collaborations outside the lab, exchange programs, or knowledge-sharing networks, the CRPP enjoys national and international recognition. The laboratory strives to be an attractive forum for scientific and personal exchanges and to welcome researchers from all over the world. By organizing conferences, or by sharing specific techniques and expertise in the field of soft matter, the CRPP has become well known on the scientific scene. Participation in European networks Networks of Excellence furthermore demonstrates the laboratory’s close involvement with the industrial sector.


Moreover, the CRPP is a member of two Clusters of Excellence [3] : the French program AMADEus (functional materials) and the international program LaPhIA (lasers and photonics).


Beyond the lab


The CRPP aims to make the most of its scientists’ results and expertise. For example, the mission of the CRPP’s TransForm service is to establish connections between researchers and industrial partners, leading to collaborations with major companies and SMEs alike (in the cosmetics sector or the preparation of hybrid materials, among others). The CRPP also has an important relationship with the public, developed through various events such as the Festival of Science. Additionally, CRPP scientists visit high schools in the Aquitaine region to introduce the laboratory and its research areas in order to engage students in science and research [4].


In this way, the practical application of the research and the scientific results of the CRPP is due not only to the quality of its researchers, but also to their work outside the lab and their involvement in international consortia.

[1] Also called a UPR, these are research centers funded and dependent on the CNRS. The CRPP is UPR 8641.

[2] DR 15

[3] LabEx - Clusters of Excellence

[4] Itinerant Physical Chemistry