Analysing the processes of manufacturing and manipulating structures and devices invisible to the naked eye, which are revolutionising the sciences, biomedical sciences and materials sciences.

Nanotechnologies Large

Research units

A&M - Aérospatial et Mécanique (Aerospace and Mechanics)

The disciplinary foundations of the research activities carried out within the A&M Research Unit are the physics of materials, the mechanics of continuum (solid and fluid), the dynamics of mechanical systems and thermodynamics. The main fields of application are aeronautics and space, land vehicle mechanics, mechanical engineering, energetics and biomedical engineering. The methodological approach is based on the successful confrontation of mathematical and numerical modelling with the experimental study of phenomena and mechanical systems.



Through its laboratories, the CESAM (Complex and Entangled Systems from Atoms to Materials) research unit integrates a coherent set of theoretical and experimental expertise that favours a multidisciplinary approach in its research work on systems ranging from the individual atom to the most complex materials. CESAM thus develops basic and applied research activities in fields divided into 5 areas of expertise:

  • Macromolecular chemistry (CERM)
  • Chemistry of inorganic materials with controlled microstructure (GREENMAT)
  • Soft matter physics and complex systems (GRASP)
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics (IPNAS)
  • Physics of quantum materials (Q-Mat)


Chemical Engineering

Design processes for transforming raw materials, chemicals, living cells, micro-organisms or energy into useful forms and products, with constant attention to the optimal and sustainable use of resources, and to the minimisation of the environmental impact are the missions of the Chemical Engineering Research Unit. This type of research and development is based on a variety of skills: process engineering, unitary physical operations, reaction engineering and (bio)reactors, catalysis, materials science, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, physical chemistry, etc. They also require the combined use of experimentation and modelling.


MolSys - Molecular systems

The research unit "Molecular Systems" brings together scientists having as common research topic the study of molecular systems, notably systems of biological interest. The research led requires the use of a wide range of theoretical and experimental methods that affect the synthesis of biologically active compounds, the characterisation of their structure and their properties, their dosage, the analysis of their interactions and their modelling. They use mass spectrometry or molecular imaging techniques, manufacturing processes and continuous organic synthesis and microfluidics (for the synthesis of complex organic compounds). The expertise in theoretical calculation and modelling completes the available resources



The Montefiore Institute is the electricity, electronics and IT department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Liège. It is active in a range of basic and applied research topics in various fields: information and communication technologies, computer science, electronics, power systems and mathematical applications.


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