Key contact persons: Prof. Thierry Cabioc’h, Prof. Sylvain Dubois
Founded in 1431, the University of Poitiers, UP, is one of the oldest Universities in Europe. One of its main strengths is that it covers all major academic fields, with 7 Colleges, 5 Institutes and 2 Schools. UP currently serves about 25000 students (including 4000 international students from 136 nationalities) and employs 3000 staff and personnel (including 1600 teachers and researchers). Research at UP is organized around 6 main fields (Physics & Engineering Sciences; Mathematics, Information & Communication Science & Technology; Biology & Health; Chemistry, Geosciences, Biology & Ecology; Human, Economic & Social Sciences; Legal & Political Sciences). With 48 research laboratories, UP is one of the main research actors in its area. The International Relations Office of UP facilitates the drafting of international teaching and/or research projects. In particular, the International Relations Office carries out strategic monitoring of the various funding programs launched by the European Commission.
The PPRIME Institute (UPR 3346;) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU) common to the University of Poitiers, ISAE-ENSMA and the CNRS based in Poitiers. It was created in January 2014 by the merger of six previous research laboratories and it is now divided in three Departments: Physics and Mechanics of Materials (D1); Fluids, Thermal and Combustion Sciences (D2); Mechanics, Structures and Complex Systems (D3). The PPRIME Institute is the second largest French laboratory in Engineering, with almost 700 people working in it, including more than 200 permanent researchers. This institute has a strong expertise in developing collaborations with industrial partners (3 M€/year), and it gives a strong support for researchers involved in European projects.
In IL TROVATORE, researchers from the “thin film and nanostructured materials” and “physics of defects and plasticity” PPRIME teams will bring their know-how and expertise on the synthesis and mechanical properties characterization of MAX phases. In this field, they have already been involved in European projects and projects financed by the ANR (French National Research Agency). The involvement of PPRIME will mainly contribute to the activities on MAX phase production and PIE of ion/proton-irradiated materials in WP1 & WP6, respectively.