The Institute of Materials Science of Mulhouse, IS2M-LRC 7228, is a research laboratory belonging to both the CNRS and the University of Haut Alsace, UHA, located in the heart of the its campus. It is a multidisciplinary laboratory gathering some 200 scientists, teachers, technicians and administration staff. IS2M conducts research of excellence in materials science in the fields of chemistry and physic of surfaces and interfaces as well as in porous materials. IS2M's scientific activity covers a wide domain of not only fundamental but also applied research, ranging from the conception and the optimisation of materials and nano-materials (polymers, carbons, ceramics, oxides, semi-conductors, biomaterials…) to their industrial valorisation. Such approach involves inevitably a characterization step of the material in the bulk, at the surface and as thin-films and properties determination (chemical, physical, mechanical, magnetic, electrical biological…) as well. Under this approach, all scales are considered, including molecular, cluster, nano-sized and macroscopic scale.
Fundamental research conducted at the IS2M is strongly related to projects of a high industrial and development potentials and of a strong socio-economic impact in a large variety of application domains (energy, automobile, aeronautic, space, food, cosmetic, environment, microelectronic, biomedical…). In order to achieve its objectives the IS2M hold an impressive park of up-to-date equipments which allowed the characterization of multiform materials at multi-scales. Those equipments are structured in platforms organization gathering similar techniques such as microscopy (MO, MEB,TEM,AFM…), physicochemical analysis (adsorption, calorimetry, ellipsometry, chromatography…), spectroscopy (IR, Raman, XPS, NMR…), thermo-mechanical analyses (tensiometry, DMTA, DSC…) and X ray techniques (DRX, SAXS, WAXS…).