Research Abroad - LIA, UMI and GDRI

In terms of research conducted on an international level, Ecole Centrale de Lyon concentrates its efforts on a few, yet intense activities. These activities include the operation of either Associated International Laboratories (LIA), International Joint Research Units (UMI) ou International Research Groups (GDRI), endorsed by the CNRS.

LIAs, UMIs and GDRIs are associated to one or more French laboratories embedded into a laboratory of another country. These laboratories share their efforts in research, particularly in view of a less complicated exchange of knowledge and findings as well as an improved partnership in joint doctoral studies.

However, LIA, UMI and GDRI aren’t exclusively interesting for academic purposes. Industries as well aim to profit from the eased exchange of knowledge to improve international collaborations. Several recent developments underline this trend. The LIA in Beijing granted Safran the permission to finance research conducted jointly between a laboratory in Beihang and a local laboratory of Ecole Centrale de Lyon. The UMI in Sherbrooke enables Centrale de Lyon to collaborate with industrial partners from North America. Even though Ecole Centrale de Lyon is already conducting research on behalf of numerous industrial partners from Japan, such as IHI, it intends to strengthen its position by placing itself in the centre of an international network in the form of an increase in partnerships with academia and industry.

Ecole Centrale de Lyon is collaborating with 6 Associated International Laboratories (LIA), 2 International Joint Research Units (UMI) and one International Research Group (GDRI).

LIA CPN – Centre for Photonics and Nanostructures - Korea

The LIA CPN is the product of a collaboration in between the renowned Lyon Institute of Nanotechnologies (INL), the Institute of Néel as well as numerous Korean institutes, including the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) situated in Seoul, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejon, as well as the Seoul National University (SNU). The main fields of interest of the LIA CPN span:

  • Semiconducting nanostructures
  • Structures and tools for photonics and solar photovoltaics
  • Structures and tools for quantum computing

LIA ElyT lab – Engineering and Science Lyon Tohoku Laboratory - Japan

The LIA Elyt lab originates from a collaboration between several laboratories situated in Lyon - including the Laboratory of Tribology and Dynamic Systems (LTDS) – and the University of Tohoku in Sendai, Japan. This particular LIA has a wide spread of fields of interest:

  • Biosciences & Bioengineering
  • Durability and Reliability in energy and transport
  • Materials and Systems on a nano and micro scale
  • Fluid Dynamics, Heat transfer and Microfluids
  • Tribology

For more information, please visit: site d'ElyT lab

LIA 2MCIS – Mechanics, Material Control and Information Science – China

The LIA 2MCIS aims to develop and strengthen the Franco-Chinese research around Ecole Centrale de Beijing. The laboratory is run by the Groupe des Ecoles Centrales (GEC) and coordinated by F. Leboeuf, Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lyon, as well as by the University of Beihang in China (which constitutes a partner university of Ecole Centrale de Beijing).

Fields of research cover a wide span of engineering science with particular applications in transport, energy and environment:

  • Materials for structures and energy production, Solid Mechanics and Vibrational Mechanics, Materials for Communications applications and Biomaterials
  • Fluid Mechanics, Acoustics, Energy and Combustion, Chemical Engineering
  • Control Systems and Information Sciences

For more information, please download: Interview with Francis Leboeuf [FR]

LIA Maxwell - Brasil

The Franco-Brasilian LIA James-Clerk Maxwell (CNRS LIA817) is the product of a collaboration between research groups in Lyon (Ampère Laboratory) and Grenoble (G2Elab) and Brazilian research institutions such as the Federal University of Santa Catarina, the Minas Gerais (UFSC in Florianópolis and UFMG in Belo Horizonte) as well as the Polytechnic and University of Sao Paulo. The aforementioned collaboration has been in existence for 25 years already.

Main fields of research include:

  • Numerical schemes for Electromagnetism
  • Design methodologies and optimisation of systems strongly coupled to electromagnetics
  • Development of models for complex materials tailored to the aforementioned numerical simulations
  • Bioelectromagnetism

For more information, please visit: Presentation of LIA Maxwell

LIA ALPhA - Associated Laboratory for Photonics between France and Australia - Australia

The ALPhFA Associated International Laboratory project aim at establishing a strong formal collaboration between the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, CUDOS and French laboratories associated with CNRS. The French partners of the project are Institut Fresnel (UMR 7249 - Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS & Centrale Marseille), INL (UMR 5270) and IEF (UMR 8622).

ALPhFA is based on strong scientific collaborations between the University of Sydney and Institut Fresnel (dating back to 1973) and INL.

Based on the complementarities and well recognized skills of each partners, the scientific project will address some of the most topical subjects in modern photonics, i.e. metamaterials, plasmonics and mid-infrared photonics.

Partners: Institut Fresnel (Aix-Marseille Université, Centrale Marseille), Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (Université Paris-Sud), Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon (Centrale Lyon, INSA, Lyon 1 et CPE Lyon), University of Sydney, Australian National University (ANU), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Macquarie University, RMIT University.

Main fields of research include:

  • Plasmonics and optical antennas
  • Metamaterials
  • Mid-Infrared photonics

For more information, please visit: Presentation of LIA ALPhA

LIA WIDE-Lab - Wide Band Gap Technologies for Integration of Energy Efficient Devices - Spain

This initiative is promoted by three groups involved in WGB technologies and systems integration with common and complementary research activities in the field. This International Associated Laboratory (LIA) will create a unique platform in the field, thanks to the European dimension offered by the three actors: Ampère, CNM and LAAS. This action will provide a synergy for further enlarging their international visibility. This visibility will also benefit their respective institutions concerning both academic and industrial frameworks.

Main fields of research include:

  • Design and fabrication of advanced devices
  • Functional integration: specific and bidirectional switches, drivers...
  • Thermal aspects at device and system levels
  • Encapsulation of active devices and passives

For more information, please visit: homepage of the LIA WIDE-Lab

UMI LN2 - Laboratory for Nanosystems and Nanotechnologies - Canada

The LN2 started as a collaboration initiated in between Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA Lyon and University of Sherbrooke via co-jointly run doctoral studies in 2004. It has benefited from an endorsement by the CNRS in 2008 in the framework of an LIA.

In view of the highly successful exchange in Science and Technology between the French and Canadian parties, the LIA LN2 was appointed the rank of an International Joint Research Unit (UMI LN2 3463) in 2012. As such it is attached to the INSIS Institute of the CNRS. The University of Sherbrooke, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, INSA Lyon, CPE Lyon as well as the Joseph Fourier University are collaborators of the UMI-LN2.

The UMI LN2 has entered a stronger partnership with ST Microelectronics in the framework of a common laboratory.

The LN 2 devotes its research to three fields of interest:

  • Packaging & 3D Electronics: The aim of the research in this area is to integrate latest efforts in the area of micro- and nanoelectrical systems into CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor).
  • BioMEMS: This field of interest covers the development of sensors and biosensors for biomolecular and cellular analysis and is dedicated to advancing the areas of Health and Environment.
  • Energy on chip: This third field of research faces today’s problems in Energy Management and the energy recovery on microchips in electronics.

Moreover, LN2 conducts studies on “Innovations in nanotechnology: ethical aspects, usage and impacts on society”, bringing together researchers from the natural sciences and humanities.

For more information, please visit: homepage of the LN2

UMI ELyTMaX - Engineering Science Lyon-Tohoku for Materials and Systems under Extreme Conditions - Japon

The research conducted at the ElyTMaX laboratory (CNRS/Université de Lyon/Tohoku University) focuses on the behavior of materials—and the systems they form with other structures—under extreme and complex conditions (pressure, temperature, radiation, or highly corrosive environments).

Three areas of research in particular are being developed:

  • Analysis of the evolution of materials used in industry, for example in energy production or transportation.
  • The study of microsystems used for the conversion of energy, and their resistance to pressure and electric fields.
  • The study of the ageing of materials used in biomedical applications, for instance in prostheses or bone substitutes.

For more information, please visit: presentation of ELyTMaX of the homepage of the ELyT Lab

GDRI Photonet - China