Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Researchers from the Biam (CEA) have discovered an essential role for a novel giant protein involved in the degradation of “lipid droplets”, which are the primary site of carbon and energy storage in certain microalgae.
Cells move, deform and divide. CEA-Irig researchers are gaining a better and better understanding of how. To do this, they have "cut" the contractile cables very precisely with a laser.
Theorists from the CEA-Irfu and the Direction des Applications Militaires of the CEA have developed an artificial intelligence capable of predicting the properties of more than 1,800 atomic nuclei from an algorithm trained on only 210 nuclei. The accuracy obtained is comparable to that of the state of the art, with a reduced computation time ranging from a factor of ten to a factor of a thousand.
Microbial rhodopsins are among the proteins responsible for capturing solar energy on the Earth, especially in the seas. Researchers from CEA-Irig (IBS) have characterized the structure and function of several unique rescently disoived rhodopsins.
The Métal du Chantier Notre-Dame group, which includes researchers from the LSCE (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ), has been using the isotopic signatures of lead to reveal that the Notre-Dame fire released this metal into the atmosphere. This event caused, on the very day, a sudden peak in pollution reaching up to one hundred times the normal value.
Researchers at CEA-Joliot (I2BC) have optimized a bio-inspired CO2 reduction catalyst by modifying its 3D topology.
Researchers at the CEA-Jacob have discovered a new mode of prion transmission after the localized contamination of a finger.
Researchers at the IPhT have proposed a new equation describing the evolution of the population of cities that for the first time embraces the observations of economists, geographers and historians.
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.