Evaluation and site policy

End of 2010, the French evaluation agency AERES published an extremely favorable  evaluation report report concerning the CEMES, giving its maximal A+ mark (the three groups were each marked A+). The scientific report (2005-2009)  detailing the main results obtained by CEMES scientists, the project (2011-2014) and the full AERES evaluation report AERES can be downloaded from this page.


In 2011, CEMES was the laureate of the Equipex MIMETIS, aimed at strengthening its recognized leading expertise and developing new concepts in the field of electron holography and in-situ experiments.
Finally, the CEMES is partner/founder of the Labex NEXT (Nano, Extreme measurements and Theory), a project directly sélected through the first call of "Laboratory of Excellence" and aimed at strengthening the synergic activities of 6 laboratories of Physics on the Toulouse site, all recognized excellent by AERES, and promoting the intimate mixing of physics and chemistry on one hand and of experiments and theory on the other hand, with a proactive commitment towards scientific education. As a Labex, NEXT is granted with 1 M€/year for 10 years.


Today, CEMES extends and strengthens its activities towards the controlled manipulation of matter “atom per atom”, the fabrication of simple but demonstrating devices and the measurement of physical properties of nano-ensembles at pertinent scales. For this, the scientific equipment already available at CEMES is being complemented by a 4 M€ equipment package (deposition, lithography, etching) to be purchased in 2012 and being installed in the clean-rooms of the new PicoLab building, totally devoted to nanosciences and nanotechnologies.
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The new Picolab building (left) devoted to nanosciences and nanotechnologies is to open in 2012. The “DUF” (Dinano UHV Factory, center) will be one of the unique experimental ensembles located in this building. Inside the DUF, specific molecules will be deposited and electrically connected to our macro-world (right).
Ultimate TEM:
CEMES is a member of two networks of excellence in electron microscopy, one national (METSA), which we created and led for several years and one funded by the EC (IP3/ESTEEM) which we now lead. Both aim at rendering available to a large scientific community the unique expertise and equipment available within those networks in general and at CEMES in particular. In 2012, a totally unique TEM machine (I2TEM) specially designed for CEMES by Hitachi and equipped with a cold emission gun, multiple biprism optic and aberration correctors will be installed. This machine will be devoted to the imaging of “fields” (electrostatic, magnetic, deformation…) in nano-objects using electron holography techniques and “in-situ” experiments (material response to external solicitations). A second FIB/SEM machine devoted to thin specimen preparation will complement these unique capacities.
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I2TEM is a unique TEM machine specially designed by Hitachi for CEMES and equipped with a cold emission gun (left) and corrected optics (center). It will allow holography experiments (right) aimed at imaging “fields” in nanometerials and nanodevices.
Both projects are financed by the CNRS, the state and the region (CPER “Campus Dupouy” and CPER Microscopies).

Valorisation / Exploitation of results

For a laboratory devoted to fundamental sciences, the CEMES has a strong exploitation of research and patent activity. It is now part of CEMES’ culture and strategy. During the last five years, 7 patents were filled, 4 extended and 4 are being considered. 7 softwares were released, some commercially and two start-ups were created: Pylote (SAS, created in 2008, fabrication of nanoparticles by flash pyrolisis) and Circlight (SARL, created January 2009, UHV chamber lighting). Another important aspect is the intensity and quality of our industrial relationships. Indeed, for many years, we have sustained contractual relations with fabs and equipment supplier companies, as well as with technological centers, notably in the field of materials and process optimization for Ultimate Silicon technologies (STMicroelectronics, Soitec, NXP, Mattson, Global Foundry, LETI, IMEC…) and Aeronautics (Airbus, EADS, Aubert et Duval, Messier-Dowty, SAFRAN, SNECMA, ONERA…). As these collaborations are most often developed within projects funded by the EC (6 running contracts in 2011), the ANR (26 running contracts in 2011), The Ministry of Industry (2 in 2011), the MiPy Region (9 in 2011) or directly by industries (5 in 2011), the efficiency of the transfer of knowledge and exploitation of results has become one of CEMES’ traditions.

Rooted to History, enjoying scientific life in its space and its time, CEMES defines and shapes the future of materials sciences and nanosciences. To accompany us along this route, continue the visit…
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Examples of valorization efforts. Left, the nanosquid for measuring the magnetic properties of nanomaterials and molecules. Center, ultimate MOS transistors: in red the strained Si which favours the electron flows. Right, complex microstructure of a Titanium alloy used in the aeronautical industry