Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Chemists working at Iramis and their partners have developed a new process for producing an antibacterial food film.
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.
In order to improve lithium-ion batteries, IRIG researchers are replacing the graphite of the negative electrode with silicon-based materials that can store much more lithium. These new nano-architected composite materials are made up of active domains of Si-amorphous and crystalline FeSi2 nanoparticles dispersed in a graphite matrix. They are studying the ageing phenomenon of these anodes capable of withstanding 700 cycles with a capacity of nearly 70%.
Nuclear physicists at the GANIL facility/Institute of Research into the Fundamental Laws of the Universe (IRFU) are using a heavy-ion accelerator to recreate experiment conditions in order to probe the physics of dying massive stars, before they explode (in a supernova).
The CEA, working with ENS Paris-Saclay, and the universities of Rennes and San José (USA), has developed new light-emitting molecules with properties that improve the energy consumption and light production of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). This is the first study correlating the structure and properties of this type of material, which has a promising future in display technologies
A new step has been made in understanding how HIV control mechanisms allow some individuals to manage the infection without any treatment. The CEA-Jacob provides some explanations.
An IPhT researcher and his partners from the Universities of Geneva and Basel have succeeded for the first time in “entangling” the outputs of two optical fibers sharing a single photon at a distance of 2 km. In this amazing feat, they show how a form of quantum entanglement that is simple to produce can be distributed and then detected over long distances. This is an important step towards the construction of a secure quantum internet!
Researchers at the IBS (CEA-Irig) have revealed a previously unknown mechanism for the proliferation of SARS-CoV-2, in which the virus uses immune cells to enhance its own capture and transmission!
Researchers from IRIG [collaboration] publish their solution to create an interface between two crystals without generating dislocations, even though their mesh parameters differ by several percent. This work opens up new possibilities for integrated optoelectronics and photonics on silicon.
Inaugurated in March 2019, the joint laboratory between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and CEA displays its first series of publications co-signed by researchers from NTU, CEA-Iramis, ICSM and DES in Marcoule.
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.