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A number of French scientific institutions, including CNRS, in partnership with laboratories from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, have created the Franco-Maghreb International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in mathematics and their interactions (LF2MI). This LIA follows on a long-standing collaboration in mathematics between France and these North African countries. Besides multiplying collaboration on specific research projects, the partners want to organize a number of events (conferences, doctoral schools, etc.) to develop the field and encourage an exchange of knowledge in mathematics.

Inorganic Chemistry

chile international cooperation

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Mr. Muga (Catholic University of Valparaiso), Mr. Migus (CNRS General Director), and Mr. Pérez (University of Chile).

An International Associated Laboratory (LIA) was created on September 3rd in the field of inorganic chemistry. Called “Functional Inorganic Materials,” it reinforces a 20-year collaboration between teams from Rennes (Brittany, France)1 and Chile. The aim is to continue and strengthen the existing partnership in research on chemical synthesis, spectroscopic, structural, and theoretical analyses, as well as to investigate the properties of new materials. The LIA will concentrate particularly on the creation of smart materials to respond to the strong demand for high performance and low polluting materials that could find applications in the fields of health, energy, ecology, transport, and information storage.
1. Laboratoire Sciences chimiques de Rennes (CNRS / Université Rennes-I / École nationale supérieure de chimie de Rennes / Insa Rennes).
> Contact: Jean-René Hamon,

The International Joint Unit (UMI) CINTRA was created on october 7, 2009, between CNRS, the Nanyang Technogical University of Singapore, and Thales, one the main industrials in the field of nanotechnologies for electronics and photonics. This private/public sector association demonstrates the willingness of the partners to foster, by concrete actions, the cooperation between research, higher education, and the industrial players in both France and Singapore. CINTRA activities will be focused on the integration and interconnection of nanotechnologies, such as carbon nanotubes, semiconductor nanowires, and semiconductor nanowaveguides for applications in the fields of nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, and microwaves. This UMI represents a major asset for bridging science and technological breakthroughs with industrial innovation.
> Contact: Luc Le Calvez,
CNRS Office in Hanoi,


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