From fundamental research to innovation
Dedicated to microfluidics, the IPGG highlights innovative concepts that drive progress and innovation.
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes said that the boundaries between scientific disciplines had to be overcome in order to make them more fruitful and to exploit their full potential. This is the spirit in which the IPGG was created: bringing together complementary expertise (physicists, biologists, chemists, technologists) around a transdisciplinary theme (microfluidics) in order to develop fundamental research and hatch applications in health, energy, agrifood, cosmetics, instrumentation, among others.

Research at the IPGG

At the IPGG, microfluidic devices are used to reproduce various organs to develop the new generation medicine, to carry out high-throughput chemical synthesis or to produce energy. The industrial fields interested in microfluidics are numerous (agri-food, medicinal, cosmetic, oil, instrumentation, among others).

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The IPGG was born out of four prestigious research centres: ESPCI Paris-PSL, Institut Curie, ENS-PSL and Chimie ParisTech-PSL, all of which are members of PSL, Université Paris Sciences & Lettres.

It brings together 20 research teams, i.e. more than 200 researchers, and has 3.000 m² of dedicated research space.

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Research projects funded by the IPGG

The IPGG funds scientific projects where nano- and micro-fluidics play a central role in the research teams. During the 1st phase of the IPGG Labex from 2012 to 2017, 6 calls for projects were launched. They allowed 40 doctoral and postdoctoral grants to be awarded.

The 2nd phase of the Labex IPGG was launched in 2020 thanks to the renewal of the Labex in 2019. Since 2020, 17 projects have been funded.

Understanding microfluidics

Microfluidics is a young and interdisciplinary field with numerous and rapidly growing applications in many industrial sectors. The current period is facing considerable challenges for society, particularly in the fields of health, energy, access to water, ecology and the environment.

Microfluidics is in a position to meet this ambitious challenge because it is at the heart of scientific progress.

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Publications of the IPGG research teams

Since its creation in 2011, the IPGG has published in a large number of areas of micro- and nanofluidics: biology and biomedicine (bacteria, Alzheimer's disease, plants, cancer, enzymes, etc.), chemistry (analytical, plasma chemistry, etc.), physics (droplet dynamics, films, etc.), and materials science (membranes, photonics, etc.) Numerous contributions have been published in the best ranked journals (Science, Nature, PRX, PRL, Angewandte, PNAS, Anal Chem...).

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Microscale Affairs

The IPGG offers monthly seminars on nanotechnology and microtechnology organised by PhD and post-doctoral students from ESPCI Paris-PSL, ENS-PSL, ENSCP-PSL and Institut Curie. Each seminar consists of a 30-minute talk generally given by an IP from outside the IPGG, preceded by a 15-minute talk by an IPGG PhD or post-doc student.

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