From research to industry
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation.
Discover the main research areas on which the CEA works.
Find the latest scientific and institutional news of the CEA.
The CEA publishes various scientific and technical periodicals and videos. Through them, you can discover the CEA’s major research topics and the latest technological innovations produced by its laboratories.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ERC, discover some of the researchers who carry projects selected by the European Research Council in CEA laboratories or in joint supervision.
Passionate about new technology, Julien Valette explores the brain to determine its structure at the cellular level and to understand how it operates. He works with—and for—nuclear magnetic resonance, whose world of possibilities is, according to him, expanding. The Julien Valette ERC project, Incell, aims to develop new techniques for in vivo measurement of the structural and morphological characteristics of brain cells.
A big science fan since early childhood, Manuel Théry grew up wanting to “build extraordinary machines” and seemed more inclined to a career in mechanical engineering rather than research. He is now at the Saint Louis Hospital in Paris, his work deep in the realm of cellular machinery. Since 2012, he has been conducting an ERC research project on cell cytoskeleton.
Particle physicists are convinced that their bible, the Standard Model, does not suffice to explain the world. This is why they scrutinize the neutrinos produced by the Chooz nuclear power plant in northeastern France, and the Higgs bosons in CERN‘s LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS. His ERC project aims to "capture" the fourth type of neutrino.
Bernard Dieny recounts the major highlights of his professional career. From the development of hard drive read heads in the United States to spintronics in Grenoble, his path has been paved with success. He leads an ERC research project that aims to develop multifunctional magneto electronic integrated circuits particularly suitable for the Internet of objects.
Ghislaine and Stanislas Dehaene, a team in the lab and in life, explain their passion for the brain’s mysteries. They each run an ERC project, within the Neurospin medical imaging platform.
Galaxies are born, grow and die. They also have a “social life” by coming together to form clusters. The lives of the galaxies is at the heart of Emanuele Daddi’s research. From 2009 to 2014, he led an ERC research project, called Upgal, to understand the physics of galaxy formation and evolution.
NMR techniques evolve and diversify. Here’s the latest on one of its avatars in deep mutation with Gaël de Paepe who, thanks to these techniques, has managed the feat of analysing the membrane of living bacterial cells. With his project ERC, Gaël De Paepe seeks to push the limits of sensitivity and resolution of the NMR.
The structural study of membrane proteins helps scientists understand how the nervous system works at the molecular level. Hugues Nury’s project, entitled "PentaBrain" was selected in 2014 by the ERC. It aims to understand the functioning of a family of neuronal receptors through the study of their structure.
Fabien Quéré is a virtuoso of ultrahigh-intensity optics and laser-matter interaction. In his project ExCoMet financed by an ERC grant, Fabien Quéré proposes to "shape" ultra-intense laser beams in space and time, to control the movement of high energy particles with light.
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.