In 2016, the unit has 30 permanent staff (7 CNRS researchers, 11 teacher-researchers, 5 ITA, 7 BIATSS) including 12 from CNRS, 18 from the University Lille1. As of January 1, 2016, 23 PhD students and 4 post-doctoral students are part of the unit.
To develop the current research actions and to implement new projects whose objectives are described in the scientific perspectives, the research policy of the unit is based on the following three research operations:
The themes of the E1 "Physicochemistry of Combustion
The themes of E1 "Physicochemistry of Combustion" concern two aspects of combustion, on the one hand the environmental problems related to the mechanisms of formation and/or destruction of pollutants, such as NOx, VOCs, PAHs, soot in flames of gaseous, liquid or solid fuels, in clean processes, and on the other hand the autoinflammation in engines in connection with the reformulation of fuels and the formation of pollutants A new transversal theme E1/E2 dedicated to the study of the hygroscopic properties of soot particles is engaged.
The E2 "Physicochemistry of the Atmosphere
is part of the problem of atmospheric chemistry and air quality. In particular the axis "Homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric reactivity" studies the chemical or photochemical reactions which take place in the atmosphere and the oxidation reactions which occur in the mechanisms of air treatment by photo-catalysis and cold plasma. The axis "Air Quality: metrology and modeling" is interested in the physico-chemical characterization of pollutants, the identification of sources and their contribution to pollution, transport phenomena at different scales and factors of influence to explain the observations made.
The scientific objectives of the E3 "Chemical Kinetics, Combustion, Reactivity: nuclear safety"
are based on the C3R CNRS / IRSN / Lille1 Joint Research Laboratory created in September 2009 for 4 years. Its research focuses on the experimental aspect and modeling of the physicochemical behavior (reactivity, thermodynamics) of chemical species subjected to severe thermal and/or radiolytic environments in four scientific fields: gas-phase kinetics, gas-particle interactions, radiochemistry and combustion.
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