Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
The recently launched EU-funded project GAIN4CROPS aims to improve photosynthetic efficiency of the oil crop sunflower using nature-inspired solutions and innovative breeding techniques. The 5-year 8M € project, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, will pave the way for the introduction of strategic crops which might decrease the use of major resources in agriculture: land, nitrogen, and water.
This summer, after being shut down for 20 months, the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) has once again opened its doors to scientists, boasting an X-ray source that is one hundred times more brilliant than before (the EBS, Extremely Brilliant Source). Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (CEA-IRIG) are involved in designing new experiments using the new beamlines, which are smaller, more brilliant and more coherent.
On August 19, 2020, the European consortium SpinTronicFactory, led by the French laboratories Spintec (CEA, CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes) and Thales-CNRS Joint Unit (Palaiseau), published an ambitious spintronics road map in Nature Electronics. The field, at the frontier between magnetism and microelectronics, is coming of age, and offers wide possibilities for innovation.
A study on the effects of hydroxychloroquine in macaques infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, used alone or in combination with azithromycin, have been published on Nature; the 22th oh july. Scientists from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, Institut Pasteur, Université de Paris-Saclay, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and Aix-Marseille Université have been involved in the study, which has been carried out under the aegis of the multidisciplinary consortium, REACTing.
How is the magnetic field generated inside the Sun? By which mechanisms does it create solar spots and eruptions of magnetised clouds and particles? To find out, the European consortium Wholesun, coordinated by the CEA, is developing numerical models of the star in its entirety using the most powerful supercomputers. The numerical models will be used in combination with observations from Solar Orbiter, an ESA satellite launched on 10 February 2020.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.