Resources and materials
Unités de Recherches
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)
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.
The research unit brings together expertise in several specific research topics covering most aspects of the field of geology: planetary processes internal to external planetary processes, from the nano-scale to the macroscopic scale, from very deep layers to the modern era, and even beyond the Earth. The seven existing research laboratories included in the unit propose to develop existing and new interdisciplinary research on four priority research themes within the unit:
- The evolution of the Earth and life;
- Terrestrial materials;
- Earth processes;
- Planetary geology
The research activities of the Urban and Environmental Engineering Research Unit are all related to urban and environmental engineering. They are structured around 4 interrelated axes, based on a dynamic understanding of the urban environment. These 4 axes are transversal to the department and to the different sectors that make it up: Design of buildings, structures and transport networks, Materials and effective management of resources, Risk and environmental engineering, human activities and built environment.
Facilities and equipment
The Advanced Powder Technologies and Innovative Solutions platform has unique expertise and a range of instruments dedicated to the characterisation of granular materials, powders and nanopowders. Its mission is to solve fundamental powder problems by developing new methods of fluidity and rheological analysis. Aptis works in close collaboration with its industrial partner Granutools, which offers a range of solutions and instruments for the characterisation of powder flows.
The Protein Factory platform offers services which make it possible to provide scientists with purified recombinant and biologically active proteins. For many years, the platform has been providing services to both the academic community and private companies through protein production for university research and applied research, respectively.
The premise of the circular economy is based on the idea that industrial waste and end-of-life products can be recycled to become the raw material of another industry. The recovery of waste containing metals in particular is strategic for the Walloon economy, in terms of supply of raw materials for our industry. It also represents a significant potential for value creation based on a long and strong experience in metallurgy. The Reverse Metallurgy project is part of this framework.